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Sunday, December 11 2011 00:00

Joy is expressed in so many ways . . . from the laughter of a child to the screaming of a rabid sports fan.  We all have unique ways of getting our joy on.  I know I jump for joy every time Ann tells me I’m right (oddly though, I don’t get to jump very often – what’s up with that?).  We pretty much know how to fulfill our own “joy” needs, don’t we?  From youngsters to seniors, we as a culture are fixated on how we can fill our personal “joy” tank.

Christians are different though, right?  Or at least we should be.  Our goal or rather our passion is fixed upon bringing joy to another – our Lord.  As disciples, we soon discover that this longing to give the gift of joy to our King is fulfilled in two ways, surrender and service.

Surrender requires brokenness.  As the Psalmist says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  It is right here where a priority shift takes place and we become motivated by pleasing or bringing joy to our Creator through our service.

“Joy to the world the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.”  We jump for joy upon understanding that this King, this Jesus is our salvation!  We find true joy in laying down our lives for Him, experiencing a passion never before dreamed of through our service.  His “joy-bringing” continues every time we share the story – our story – of how this Redeemer changed our lives!

This Christmas, bring joy to the world by serving your King!

–Dale

 
Love PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, December 08 2011 21:12

We can’t come to the season of advent without dealing with the idea of “divine love.”  In fact, if we were to distill down everything associated with advent we could encapsulate the entire meaning of the season into this one word, Love!  We are born from God’s love.  We move and breathe and have our being only through our Creator’s love for us.  This overwhelming, soul-capturing emotion drips from every pore of heaven and desires to fill our lives with the fragrance of God.

The thought of this love is staggering.  How can one possibly describe it and do it justice?  One word – Jesus!  Yes, the old joke that the answer to every question asked in Sunday School is “Jesus” is correct.

The coming of Christ helps us properly frame – at least for our finite minds – this amazing love our Lord has for us.

The proof of it – Heaven came down!

The depth of it – God the Son was born to die – for us.

We say things like: “I love chocolate” or “I love my pastor’s singing voice.”  How easily we use the word, but when expressed by our Creator the word “love” carries with it an overabundance of meaning.  Not the least of which is heaven giving up it’s best – Immanuel God with us!  Only this sacrifice makes our way to life possible.

“For God so loved the world . . .”

–Dale

 
Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 20 2011 00:00

Some traditions are laborious, exhausting and can even be painful.  For years my kids felt this way about our family’s Thanksgiving Day tradition of getting all the Christmas decorations down after lunch and starting our yearly transformation process.  They’ve learned to cope though, having reached the age where I can’t keep them there any longer – they all just leave.  Oh well, Becky’s my best helper anyway.  Traditions are something that we all have – maybe it’s “Black Friday” shopping or starting our annual diet the second our Thanksgiving meal is consumed, or football – but maybe the question we should entertain regarding our traditions is this: are they helpful in promoting the reason for the day?

We celebrate this national day of Thanksgiving in part because long ago, a starving band of settlers who in the beginning dug more graves than built huts still felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to their Creator for their survival.  So they praised God! At graves edge, they praised Him.  With frozen hands and feet they praised their Lord.  Longing for remembered comforts they celebrated their providence.  This is our reference point (an overwhelming need to give thanks to our Creator).  We develop our traditions from this foundational truth – at all times, whether smooth or rough we are to give thanks to God!

Traditions are built on top of one another.  Each generation adds it’s own flavor and style to the particular event.  The possible danger, though, is that the meaning of the tradition being celebrated could become  changed in some.  Has this happened with Thanksgiving?

We all take part, so we all need to be on guard.  May we, in the midst of all the working parts that we hold dear, on this Thanksgiving Day remember to pass on unashamedly the oldest and greatest tradition of all.  Giving thanks to our Creator for His great love and amazing grace.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

–Dale

 
Hope PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 27 2011 00:00

There once lived a generation who’s very existence was pregnant with hope.  It identified them, defined them as a people.  They longed to see the once promised miracle of God come to fruition and change the landscape of their world forever.

Oddly enough though, when the hope they had longed for became reality – most missed it.  It came with great fanfare –  but only apparent to a chosen few.  When heaven’s glory came down it caused a disturbance, but only to a small region.  God, for a short life span, walked right among men.  Sadly though, most men walked right past Him never realizing their hope.  Their hope was so close!

There lives a generation today who hungers for hope.  They’re driven by the pursuit of it, and yet most miss it.  This hope walks in this world in the form of Christ-filled believers.  Hope exists because of a few in a previous generation opened their minds to the possibility that God was working out a world altering miracle in the person of Jesus, and they believed.  As then, today most walk past it.  Be one of the few – become a recipient of the Hope found in Christ.

 

–Dale

 
Didn't See That Coming PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 13 2011 00:00

 

We don’t think about it much – because it could possibly drive us over the edge – but seemingly benign decisions (you know, the lesser ones) have a way of returning and becoming the current our life gets caught up in.  Choices we make can take on a life of their own blind siding us so completely we feel like we’re drowning.  Case in point, Ann decided to go out with a young farm boy, just as friends – harmless right!  Look where that landed her!

Point being, our vision is extremely shortsighted.  We think we can see down the road but we delude ourselves.  Life has some wicked turns – some bringing unexpected joy (like me for Ann) while others – not so much!

This could be one of the reasons the Apostle Paul encourages the early Christians to pray without ceasing.  As good as a decision looks in the beginning our Lord knows the ultimate conclusion of the matter.

We all have water marks in our lives – those choices we’ve made that when viewed by the world would cause them to ask, “How in the world did you let the muck get so high?”  Remember, we serve a God who not only has perfect hindsight but His foresight is perfection as well.  We should practice what Paul preached – ask before choosing.  We have no way of knowing when a small decision might create a torrent and seek to drown us.  He does, though!

–Dale

 

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