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Sunday, January 14 2018 00:00

“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”  Hebrews 2:1 ESV

Have you ever laid on a raft, closed your eyes and just let the waves take you wherever?  If so, you probably only did it once – because the currents within the gulf or the oceans are intensely strong and they have a tendency to sweep you away quicker than you ever imagined.

Spiritual Drifting is even more dangerous!

Drifting leaves one at the mercy of the prevailing currents – and the current of this world can lead us farther astray than we ever imagined.  The longer we drift, the greater distance we find ourselves from God’s presence.  This is treacherous, because it’s within God’s presence that we find the necessary provisions for living the Spirit-filled life of a believer.

Drifting may simply start out as a desire to disconnect for a moment – to let go of perceived responsibilities and take a well deserved break.  After all, God is all about rest . . . right?

Here’s the potential problem: once we step away – we may be swept away . . . carried quicker and farther than we ever thought possible!

Drifting from worship and/or the Word, potentially diminishes our ability to connect.  Without connection, we lack the power and passion needed to overcome.  This leads to neglect – as we begin to neglect God’s presence.

Where are you headed?  Do you even know?  Are you trapped in a powerful current – being sucked further from God?

My prayer is that you stop – and begin searching for a direction of purpose, today.

– Dale

Last Updated on Thursday, January 11 2018 10:46
 
HANG IN THERE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, January 07 2018 00:00

Well it’s January seventh . . . are you hanging in there?  You know, with your New Year’s resolution that you made in a moment of strength (or weakness).

According to unofficial (made up) statistics – most people abandon their resolutions within the first month.  How about you?

Here’s some advice I found online that may help you stick:

(1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make;

(2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you;

(3) rely on God’s strength to help you;

(4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you;

(5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further;

(6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says: “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Put another way: “I resolve to seek my Lord’s leadership in all that I do,” even when it comes to fulfilling my New Year resolution.  Requesting His presence and His strength in accomplishing this worth while goal!  –  Amen!

Like the cat says, “Hang in there, baby!”

– Dale

Last Updated on Friday, January 05 2018 16:27
 
GOD CAME AS A BABY PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 24 2017 00:00

“God came as a baby, giving and entrusting Himself to me.  He expects my personal life to be a ‘Bethlehem.’  Am I allowing my natural life to be slowly transformed by the indwelling life of the Son of God?  God’s ultimate purpose is that His Son might be exhibited in me.”  – Oswald Chambers

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”  Luke 2:7 KJV

A lot is made over a crowded Bethlehem – chances are good that Mary and Joseph were not the only ones turned away from the swollen village that night.  Augustus added to the economy of this small hamlet as those from the house and lineage of David made their way through to be taxed and tallied.

Why then?  Bethlehem was necessary for prophecies sake – but why the meager accommodations?  Could it be that the stable, or insular, or cave where Jesus was born was meant to convey a message as well?

Perhaps the message is this . . . I have come for all!

No one is left out – there are no cracks you can fall through.  Great or small, all are welcome to “come unto Me.” 

The world may rank people.  Jesus saves them!

– Dale

 
GOD-EXPLORERS NEEDED PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 31 2017 00:00

The problem we often have with our faith is that we don’t take it out and play with it enough.  Play may not be the optimal word here, but you get the point.  All too frequently, we believers are content to stay within the box we were born in.

Being born-again causes us to receive unimaginable gifts from our Heavenly Father.  I wonder how often they go unrecognized? . . . The gift of life, the gift of love, the gift of His peace that trumps any anxious moment . . . assurance is another of those priceless gifts given by the Divine – the knowledge that He will always be present in our lives.  These and so much more!

Sadly, many who are reborn never fully explore these treasures beyond their surface value . . . being completely unaware of what awaits them.  If only we were willing to scratch the surface just a bit.  Most of us are reborn within certain traditions.  But we must not allow those traditions to be our only spade.  With one turn of the heart, we could allow the Divine teacher to ignite a holy hunger within us that only He could satiate.

Jesus seeks spelunkers.

He desires excavators.

Deep divers are desperately needed (because it’s in the depths that real change takes place).

May we today be found innocent of the sin of superficiality and become God-explorers.  After all that’s what we were born for!

“Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalms 119:104-105 ESV

– Dale

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 02 2018 10:54
 
JOY TO THE WORLD PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 17 2017 00:00

As the Christian author, Max Lucado, writes, “there’s one thing very clear about the night Jesus was born . . . it was ordinary.”  The sights and sounds and smells hovering over and around Bethlehem were the same as countless other nights before.

But God had something extra in store for this night – an act that was actually quite unimaginable . . .

It involved shepherds and sheep, along with angels and anthems.  In the course of this particular night a mother, a very young mother, would give birth to her first born Son . . . and Heaven would mix it up with Earth!

With a push, everything changed.  With one Baby’s single cry . . . all of Heaven held its breath.

Que galactic joy!

Can you imagine?

Joy must have shot at quantum speed in every direction divinely possible!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 ESV

And all of heaven’s angelic host crowded in to see such a thing . . . God, in the arms and at the breast of His own creation!

Is that not Love?!

Joy to the world, our Lord has come!

– Dale

 
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