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Friday, October 28 2011 01:11

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians in the city of Ephesus, he spoke of Jesus being a “fragrant offering” to God.  Because of our Savior’s unquenchable love for mankind and His desire to surrender His life for our salvation – His sacrifice took on an odor that overwhelmed heaven itself.  Can you imagine how our senses will be assaulted by this indescribable fragrance as we enter the presence of God and literally take in the aroma of Christ?

Consider the fact that our sacrificial living can be a sweet smell to God as well.  If we dare imitate the life of Jesus and desire to live in obedience to His commands – our actions will become that fragrant offering.

Paul’s challenge to the early believers in Ephesus to be imitators of God holds just as true  for today’s followers.  So, live a life of love, and walk as children of the light, being wise in all you do, so that there may not be even be a hint of impurity within your heart – then watch as the sweet fragrance of your Christ-filled life begins to affect change in your world!

–Dale

 
Our Mysterious God PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, October 10 2011 10:53

God moves in mysterious ways.  I’m sure you’ve heard that old tried-and-true axiom. God actually moves as He sees fit and He, of course, sees everything perfectly.  The mystery comes from our limited vision.  After all, we only see in part – not the whole. (The older I get the fewer parts I seem to see!)  Actually, to see the “whole” would be overwhelming – praise God for limited vision!  That’s where trust comes in.  We trust God knowing that He knows all.  So, in the times that we believe everything in our world is spinning out of control we remind ourselves that God is in the midst of the vortex – nothing sneaks up on Him.  But God does more than just “now” He uses everything (large and small) to enact His will, to perform His purpose.

So before we belittle something that seems like a strange intrusion into our carefully planned lives – stop . . . take a breath . . . and consider how God might use this event to bring about His perfect will.  Pray, and ask God for clearer vision so that the purpose might be discovered within the challenge.  The unfolding of the Father’s will for your life is a journey that can be quite challenging and at times even painful, but that journey has the possibility of bringing about beautiful results if we’re willing to trust.  God knows how to create and His desire is to create a masterpiece out of you!

–Dale

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The Time is Now PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, September 22 2011 15:37

 

What do we really own in life?  Taking into account that we had absolutely  nothing to do with our own creation, I'll make the leap and suggest that our only pure possession is our "Now."  At anytime that's all we can fully claim as ours.  What's been is done and what's coming may never come.  The ladder of life holds no vision even of the very next rung!  To be sure we plot and plan for the future and I suppose we should.  But the true gift is the gift of "now" and it couldn't hurt to learn how to handle this present properly.  Every moment affects the next and each one possesses the potential of shaping our life's direction for sometime to come.  Scary I know, but that's why capturing each moment for Christ is so vital.  I must admit I waste, abuse and piddle away far too many of these potential defining moments – maybe you could say the same.

As  followers of Christ it should be our fervent desire to understand how we can exact more of these "now moments" for our Lord.  The apostle Paul tells us, to take captive every thought and to make them obedient to Christ.  In attempting this we become better able to seize and surrender each "NOW" we're given, thus resulting in a life more effectively lived for the glory of God.  I claim ownership of "now" and I give it freely to my King!

"Teach me Your way O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your name."

–Dale

 

Last Updated on Thursday, September 22 2011 15:38
 
You Doubt Me? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, October 02 2011 00:00

I heard someone say the other day they were skeptical of skeptics.  To be a skeptic means that one leads with their doubt or lives in it.  Their attitude is tempered by doubt.  To be skeptical at times though is simply being a real person.  Doubt creeps in your faith walk, it happens, no matter how well you stand guard.  And to be honest that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  If your belief-system is stagnant, you may stop searching, which could severely stunt your growth as a Christian.  Doubting from time to time is real – embrace it and learn from the results of it.  After all, if John the Baptist could have doubts overtake him, then who’s safe from them?

Doubt often rears its ugly head when our lives start to come unraveled a bit.  Let’s face it, as long as we’re walking the primrose path we need not challenge any of our assumptions, right? But when life becomes a little uncertain – watch out – we start questioning  whether God’s  in full control or not.  Maybe we begin to think we need to take over.  Sad how it sometimes takes “hard knocks” to wake us up to the fact that we’re not in control of this whole thing.  God has a way of getting our attention, doesn’t He?  As they say, the best way to always remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

We forget God often, don’t we?  At times, we fail to remember that He always has more to give us, more to teach us.  My suggestion is to embrace your doubts, bring them to God and say here they are Lord, please help thou my unbelief.  You’re not going to overwhelm Him nor will you in any way anger Him. Instead you’ll find the understanding Spirit of the Maker that will enlighten and begin to change your life, for the better!

Teach us Your way O Lord,

–Dale

 
Time to Decide PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 18 2011 00:00

 

Following Christ both fully and faithfully can be an arduous task in our culture in this era of immediacy.  This rapid-fire twenty first century brings with it constant challenges for compromise in our walk with Christ.  Now I’m sure the challenge-part  has always been true for every generation that has sought answers in Christ. Today however, the multiplicity of alternatives available for someone searching for those answers within the church are overwhelming.  In our fast-paced snatch-and-grab culture pausing long enough to acknowledge the relevance of the Spirit’s voice is rare, even for believers!  We want it now or we’re moving onto something more immediately gratifying.  Not only do we want it now, but we also want it in our flavor!  This of course, leaves little room for divine challenges to come our way so that we might become stronger and more confident in our journey as disciples.

In the land of ten thousand distractions how do you hear one still small voice?  The answer is desire.  When we desire something more we strain for it, struggle for it, become devoted to the pursuit of it.  In my mind, desire comes from deciding.  Deciding that there is nothing greater or of more value than the pursuit of Christ.  Upon making that decision simplicity is born and simplicity is the structure for devotion.  This helps us to destroy the temptation for constant compromise leaving us with a greater possibility of following Jesus both fully and faithfully!

“Teach me Your way, O Lord!”

–Dale

 

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