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Sunday, July 03 2011 00:00

Service – it’s a familiar word.  But how do you define it?  It’s what we used to get when we visited the “service station” (are they even called that anymore?).  Can you remember an attendant coming out when you drove up?  He actually pumped the gas for you?  They would be all over your car checking the windshield, the wipers, washer fluid, tire pressure, and even the oil – what would that cost today?  All that and they gave you green stamps to boot!  We’re in much too much of a hurry for all of that now anyway.

We demand “good service” when we eat at a nice restaurant.  We expect it when we’re spending the night at a five star hotel.  Service is something that we generally recognize when we receive it and certainly know it when we don’t.

But do we serve?

When our present President was on the campaign trail several years ago, he challenged Americans to get involved.  “Find a way to serve your community,” he said (good message).  Not an original one though.  Jesus challenged His followers to be servants of their fellow man.  He had a way of making being last  – putting the needs of others before your own – seem like the best choice.  Jesus was clear that service would be an identifying trait of those who inherited the kingdom.  They would clothe, feed and care for others to the extreme.  It would be recognizable that Jesus ruled their heart.  This is “spiritual patriotism!”  Actually living what you believe, obeying the Master.

Let me challenge you to be a “spiritual patriot” and be defined by what you give.  That’s called service . . . any takers?

– Dale

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 12 2011 10:35
 
One Size Fits All PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, June 28 2011 09:37

It would be easier sometimes if life could just be "one size fits all" . . . boring, but easier. There wouldn't have to be so many exceptions.  In other words the only dessert we would ever need would be chocolate.  (Did I mention that this one way would naturally be my way?)   If you ever managed to please one, then you would please them all . . . please!  Like that could ever happen!

Differences are a good thing.  They help make life juicy and spicy and sweet all at the same time.  Of course differences are also responsible for making our lives hair-pulling frustrating at times as well.

Differences in the church are a given.  That's because the church body is made up of this variegated invention by God called "people."  They each come with their own thoughts and feelings and points of view – "oh my!"  How in the world are we ever expected to get anything done?

Scripture teaches us however, that becoming a follower of Christ causes something unique to happen.  All of these strangely different, weird people become connected with a divine sameness.  The creative power of existence itself, God the Holy Spirit takes up residences within each believer.  In being filled with the Spirit of Christ we obtain an artist who knows the proper use for all of our unique differences.  This common purpose  doesn't rob us of our individual flavors, but takes them, blends them, and creates a wonderfully spicy aroma that works.  That's how we become a family, a church.  Think about it.  A finger looks nothing like a nose, but they fit together so well.  When God tastes our gumbo I picture Him saying, "Something's missing."  Maybe it's you?

Allow your differences to be used by God.  We need the extra seasoning!

 

– Dale

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 28 2011 09:41
 
The Power of His Presence PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 12 2011 00:00

“The first well-spring of renewing action is prayer, which connects us with the spirit of Christ who is, ‘He who renews the face of the earth.’”  – Elena Guerra

 

Imagine the church united in prayer as the early followers of Jesus were on the day of Pentecost – one mind, one focus, one desire-to experience God.  To experience Him through seeking the powerful presence of His Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus’ first followers waited as instructed.  But in their waiting, they sought!  They were not disappointed.  Filled with God’s Spirit, they erupted upon an unsuspecting city upsetting their present world-order in the process.

 

Pentecost starts the unique experience of the world being affected not by God the Son in the flesh but by the Spirit of the Son in our flesh.  Ordinary men and women ripping away the status quo, doing the undo-able because they believe.

 

Is it over?  Was this concrete, felt power of God just somehow used to kick off the movement? . . . start the ball rolling, so-to-speak?  Or is it available here, today, in us?

 

Of course it’s available.  God is not diminished and every generation a completely new world is born that needs to experience Jesus.  The difference is this: we now become the people gathered in prayer-seeking!  We become the proclaimers of the Spirit’s power and His passion for the world.  We become the ones to upset this present world-order with Jesus’ message of complete love.

 

Imagine the church united in prayer with this one thought in mind!

 

– Dale

 

Last Updated on Friday, June 17 2011 09:06
 
Happy Father's Day PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 19 2011 00:00

A father is never quite done. I think about that when I catch myself thinking, “What would my father say or do in this situation?”  It would be nice to hear.  I guess the old cryptic saying can be true at times, “You listen best when the voice is at rest”!

A father is never quite done.  I think about that often when I catch myself giving into temptation.  I find myself hungering for my heavenly Father’s strength and wisdom in that particular situation.  The wonderful reality of God our Father is that His voice is never at rest, just unheeded much too much.

God’s word is a “forever voice” guiding us and instructing along the way of life’s ever-present challenges.  This wisdom never becomes obsolete, outdated or passe' but continuously relevant to our human condition (subject to sin).

What better day than Father’s Day to remind us of our need for heeding the instruction of our heavenly Father?  Yes, we do need reminding!  As the only one who exists in all time and knows all things, and is love itself; his becomes the only truly relevant voice in which to follow.  Others can add  spice, and strength.  They can provide companionship, and pure physical joy but God our Father is the director, carefully orchestrating all the parts to provide the  proper divine direction . . . If we’ll listen!

Happy Father’s Day!

 

– Dale

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 28 2011 09:42
 
Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, May 29 2011 00:00

To give one's all in anything has to be an amazing thing to behold.  In fact, now that I think about it, I'm not fully convinced that I've ever seen it!  I've certainly heard people say they've given their all, but really?  "All" is such a huge word.  Maybe we've given much, or possibly given more than we're accustomed to giving – but "all'? . . . that's a big give!

 

This weekend our Nation pauses to remember those in our armed forces who understood the definition of this word, "all."  Memorial Day is self-descriptive, a time to remember and memorialize those who in their giving held nothing back, left nothing in reserve.  They gave their lives.

 

How can we ever properly express our gratitude?

 

By remembering.

 

It is through remembering we  protect what has been preserved!

 

We remember sacrifices made to obtain and protect a freedom that few around the world can conceive of and long to possess.

 

Memorial Day, and days like it, help keep our memories fresh causing us to be appreciative of "all" that we enjoy – because we're aware of just how expensive and precious the price actually is!

 

— Dale

 

Last Updated on Friday, June 17 2011 09:02
 
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