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Sunday, December 02 2012 00:00

Hope comes in many forms.  For students not ready of a pop test it’s the teacher saying, “Open-book test.”  For penned soldiers it’s the sound of reinforcements coming to help.


For the nation of Israel – hope came in the form of a prophecy: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel.”  Those words spoken by our Lord through the prophet became words for an entire nation to cling to . . . that this Child would be God dwelling with them.  The prophet further promises that this Child will carry the entire government upon His shoulders and bear names such as: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and His reign upon King David’s throne will last forever . . . Words of hope – handed down from generation to generation – giving a nation a future to look toward.


Where does your hope come from?  Is it born from a sense of belonging within a warm and loving family?  How about the culture you grew up within, telling you that you deserve so much and if fairness plays out properly you’ll receive it?


As Christians of course, our hope is built upon the very same promise delivered to the nation of Israel – A Son is born!  His kingdom truly knows no end because He reigns within our hearts guiding us as we live this life in the flesh.  Our hope is that a Son was born, to save us who had no hope of being saved, so that we might experience the fullness of God's presence within!


– Dale

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Sunday, November 25 2012 00:00

I truly enjoy Thanksgiving.  In fact, I would have to say that it’s now one of my favorite holidays.  To be honest though, that wasn’t always the case.  Aside from the family, food, football and then more food, I have to admit that internally I cared more for Thanksgiving because of what followed the day, Christmas!  Being a bit of a Christmas nut, Thanksgiving meant the official start of the holiday season . . . time to go Jingle Bell crazy.  But some time ago I realized that there was something of the utmost importance missing from that extremely narrow approach to Thanksgiving Day – namely the importance our Lord places on the issue of giving thanks.  Intellectually, Thanksgiving was not an idea that eluded me but in practice I was sorely lacking.  If giving thanks is of such great importance to our Lord, should it not be  more so to me?


What was birthed from this was and is a renewed focus on giving thanks daily to a holy and righteous God who loves me with an all consuming love.  Admittedly, I’m still quite anemic in this important discipline, but I strive to be more proficient.  Perhaps you’ve had the same “thanksgiving” challenge in your life as well?  If so, let me suggest that you remember this verse from the writer of  Hebrews. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, (moment by moment) and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”  Give thanks, for our God is life itself, both now and forevermore!


– Dale

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Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 18 2012 00:00

Have you ever read a particular passage of scripture and say to yourself, “Hey that’s pretty good advice.  I know some people who could certainly use it.” Be honest!  We get off track when we begin to think of scripture as an advice column, words that we can pick and chose whether to accept and apply or not.  Scriptures, generally speaking, do not dole out advice but rather they perform spiritual surgery on our lives – changing us from within.  That’s right!  Under the direction of God the Holy Spirit as our understanding of scriptures grow they begin to initiate a Christlike change in our lives.


So, when the Apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances . . .” He’s not just trying to give them a pep talk but is sharing with them the very will of God.  These actions become who they are to be and yes, who we are to be as well.  Joy . . . Prayer . . . Thanksgiving – from salvation forward become marks that brand an individual as a Christ follower.  Question is, do we bear these distinguishing marks in our lives?  These words were not just meant for first century Christians; nor are they part of an early Greek advice column.  God the Holy Spirit wishes to take them and plant them deep within you and make them words to live by!


Be thankful always that our Lord doesn’t just leave us like He found us!


Happy Thanksgiving!

– Dale

Trusting God PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 11 2012 00:00

“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion . . . May He give you all the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests . . . Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”


Trusting God when all is well requires little effort.  Having confidence when your very existence is in question is something altogether different.  The early settlers gave thanks in the shadow of an ever expanding graveyard.  They spoke words of trust with much evidence to the contrary.  Can we match that faith?  In a time when faith is challenged on every front can we resist the lure to fit within the world’s system of acceptability?  Trusting God becomes more than words for some, it becomes the very essence of their life!


Give thanks to the Lord our God by trusting Him completely!


– Dale

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