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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

 

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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

 

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Heart Song PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 19 2011 10:44

Obedience is the key that unlocks relationship.  Jesus states, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.”  This is the very heartbeat of our love for Jesus.  With every bending of our will to the will of “The Father” we express our passion for Christ. Our following the words and commands of Christ is a love song played out in a tune designed to enhance and strengthen our ties with our Father.  Through our obedience we hear and understand more fully what the indwelling Spirit of Christ is prompting and promoting in our lives.  Listen, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching.  My Father will love him, and 'WE' will come to Him and make our home with Him.”  Jesus said this to His disciples, allowing them and us to see the connection between following His teaching and having the privilege of being God’s child. 

We are family because we’ve chosen to keep Christ’s words in our hearts and make them our life.  No matter the pressure.  No matter the alluring temptation.  No matter how others might dress-up the “way of the world” in religious garb.  No matter how out of touch with reality those close to us may try to make us feel – we thrive as Christians only as we keep to the commands of Jesus.  We become a new song!

What tune are you playing?

“Teach me Your way, O Lord!”

– Dale

 
Easter 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, April 23 2011 21:19

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit.”

 

What a horrific moment!

 

John tells us that nothing was made that was not made by the Word (Jesus).  Later he records Jesus proclaiming Himself as the beginning of everything that exists and the ending of all that is ever made.

 

How then, can He die?

 

It would be horrible enough were He just a righteous man – a teacher of holiness and surrender to God, a just man.  But how can creation’s Creator die?  How can Inventor of blood, breath and body, cease to be?

 

He must (and this is nonnegotiable) purposefully give His life.  For nothing in this world known or unknown would dare seek to snuff out the life of God save He lay it down.

 

How horrible that moment.  How all of heaven must have gasped in disbelief!  Legions of unused angelic warriors perched to pounce must have expelled a mighty cry of agony as capitulation had never before been an option.  How could it be now concerning their Creator?

 

But die He did, and mercifully so.  Though it was for our gain He surrendered. Because to truly conquer death one must engage death – fight it face to face.  Jesus entered death and took it captive.  Not for Himself, but for us,  that we might no longer fear and fall prey to this unconquerable Foe.

 

A horrible moment it had to be – but that’s the middle of the story, not the end.  Jesus took death prisoner so that you and I, through faith in Him, might possess true life!

 

What a beautiful moment!

 

Christ is risen!

– Dale

 
Dirt Work Time PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, April 11 2011 21:41

It's that time of year when many of us are playing in the dirt – working in the garden that is.  We’re busy pulling weeds, removing old, dead plants and vines, maybe reworking the soil a bit so that this year’s crop of whatever has a better chance to flourish.  Tending a garden and keeping our hearts and lives focused upon God can be similar chores, wouldn’t you agree?  If left untended, both have a tendency to become overgrown with things that just shouldn’t be there.

 

If you’ve walked with Christ for any length of time, then you’re well aware of the constant attention a heart requires in order to remain obedient.  But as any seasoned gardener could tell you, knowing what to do and doing it is two entirely different things.  It takes a purposeful determination to pull the old weeds out of your heart.  They have nasty roots that can sink deep and create a mess when disturbed.  Sometimes it just seems easier to crop them short and leave the roots alone.  It’s the same with the old dead growth.  It’s hard to admit when we’ve neglected certain aspects of our walk with Christ to the point that they’ve just grown cold and died.  We keep thinking “there's life there” but nothing happens!

 

Time to rework the soil, make it fertile once again.  A little determined effort can create rewarding change.  From weeds to fruit in three easy steps:  First, get on your face before God.  Humble yourself – this is properly positioning your heart.  Second, ask.  We have not because we ask not.  I firmly believe it’s our Lord’s desire for all to be producers.  Finally, act.  Respond in faith to what your God tells you to do.

 

Your heart is the perfect size . . . space to grow and produce the crop God desires!

 

– Dale

 
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