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Sunday, June 24 2012 00:00

We live within a certain morality, or at least we like to think so.  But what are the pegs of this morality that we’re constantly striving to live within?  It is our faith, right?  We follow because we believe in the reality of Jesus being our Lord.  Therefore, His physical words, preserved for us in our sacred writings, carry with them much more than just ancient wisdom.  In truth they are the purveyor of “truth” itself (coming from Him they can be nothing else) giving us our structure to exist within.

 

This means we have our boundaries, our perimeter to live within so to speak – and of course this is where we struggle – at the boundaries.  There’s no electric fence to warn us when we’ve gotten to close to danger.  No, the warning is much more subtle.  It’s a still small voice, one that we can choose to listen to or shut out or “up” and dismiss as quickly as it takes to step over a line.  But make no mistake, crossing over leaves its marks!  Can I get a witness?

 

Our God within, wounds us that we might be spared greater wounds.  And this is the truly wonderful part.  Through our wounds He begins to show us that these so-called boundaries are not meant to keep prisoners in a cage, but to set us free.  Only through living a surrendered life can we ever hope to become what we were meant to become in Christ. There’s something else!  The mind-blowing thing about it all is that the “crossing-over wounds” are a part of the process.  They aid us, help mold us in becoming more like Christ.  Yes, it’s true.  Our Lord wastes nothing . . . especially our wounds.

 

– Dale

 
Don't Douse the Fire PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 10 2012 00:00

Passion is contagious . . . Infectious!  You’ve no doubt experienced it; perhaps at a sporting event where the actions of the crowd around you that caused you to become more enthusiastic than you normally would.  Like a dust-dry forest it can catch fire  and cause people to behave in rather curious fashion.

 

As a Christian I’ve experienced occasional blazes that catch hold within a body of Christ and create an environment of passion that I thought only existed on the pages of the Bible. Sadly though, I’ve also seen that same passion doused by seemingly the most incidental of behaviors – criticism.

 

As contagious as passion may be, so to is a critical spirit – it’s Satan’s backfire.  The seeds of this firebreak can be so simple.  It could just be something a little out of the ordinary that the fire of revival ushered in, and before you can say, “get a rope” someone’s irked about it.  Usually allies are gathered , justifications framed, lines drawn and out goes the fire.

 

In order to keep this beast of a critical spirit at bay let’s turn the proverbial looking glass inward and allow the Spirit of Truth to root out any unwanted attitudes within our own hearts.  This, I believe, makes it more difficult for our adversary to use us as firebreak material.

 

May God fuel our passion for Christ and His Kingdom!

 

– Dale

 
Faithfulness PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, May 20 2011 00:00

 

How would you define faithfulness?  Sure we can look up a series of meanings from numerous sources and for some that may suffice.  But faithfulness (at least to me) is one of those meaty words, juicy in the sense that it conjures up certain powerful images.  Those images are the definition.  They are what immediately springs to mind when the word comes to mind.

 

Faithful . . .

 

What thought just surfaced?

 

I have several strong images in my life of people who were faithful to their very end or more aptly – to their new beginning.

 

Do “you” come to mind when you think of the word?  Comite, you have been faithful. You’ve stood strong when others grew weary.  You shouldered the commitment while others shrugged it off.  Even though you probably had a valid excuse at some time to just walk away form the labor, you refused.  Your reasoning?  God's call!  He commanded and you obeyed to the best of your ability.  Thank you!  This work continues because of your steadfast heart.  Your tenacious spirit, has been used of God to continue His task of reaching this community for Christ.

 

Thank you for giving to the Lord!

 

– Dale

 
You're Weird, Be Weird PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 03 2012 00:00

There’s safety in numbers, right?  I mean the more of you there are, the better off you are – makes sense.  But is that really true?  I saw a book cover not long ago that stated, “You were born an original don’t die a copy.”  That’s what numbers do best, makes you one of many.  Mass production is a good thing if you’re a car or a coin – not people, though.  We really don’t need Pete and all of his “Repeats.”  We need each one-of-kind to be his own kind under the direction of the God who fashioned him.  It’s then that we can become what our Lord intended for us to become as a body.

 

Christians seem to excel at this cookie-cutter mentality, thinking that in order for someone to be holy they must become one of the herd.  I speak from first-hand knowledge being raised in rural “church-dom.”  I was given the subtle and not-so-subtle guidelines for being the proper churchgoer.  Oddly, most of them had nothing to do with following Jesus.

 

We must always be careful not to fool ourselves into believing that we are the plumb line, and that others must follow our lead in order to be correct.  After all, there is always the chance, however remote it may be, that we don’t have everything quite right either!

 

Jesus’ life and teachings are our standard.  So, until we reach that lofty goal I’m thinking we need to keep our rocks in our pockets!

 

– Dale

 
Do You Love Me? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 01 2012 00:00

“Do not love the world or anything in the world.”  That’s a bold statement by John, isn’t it?  Seems pretty cut and dried to me.  It’s interesting that he uses the word love.  Don’t love the world – so maybe it’s OK to like it?  I love ice cream but only like yogurt – so no ice cream?  This of course is not exactly what John had mind.  The word he uses here for love means: a direction of the will, something you find your joy within.

 

Many aspects of the world are necessary, even enjoyable but that’s not where we pin our hopes nor find our true joy.  True joy can only be fully experienced in a divine filling of the Holy Spirit as we walk in relationship with our Lord Jesus.   Everything we experience in this world has the potential to disrupt that holy unity.  When we allow our cravings to overwhelm us to the point where we put them before our Lord, we’ve just usurped God’s'’ rightful place in our life.  Longing for the things of this world more than we crave God, places us on dangerous ground and links us to a hopeless partner.  It’s hopeless because as John states, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

 

The important point to ponder here is: how many things in your life are you right now putting before God?  The answer is probably different at different times in your life, but it’s never right or appropriate.  In fact it puts you and those who trust you in grave danger.  Are you in any way or in any form in love with this present world?  John’s assessment of that situation would be that the love of the Father is therefore not within you – harsh.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time you reexamined who or what controls your heart!

 

–Dale

 
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