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Sunday, December 10 2017 00:00

There’s much about this season that goes beyond the corporeal, the material, the tangible.  Different sights, sounds or even smells drag us into moments we thought were long-lost forever.  Some of these winks in time are precious and we don’t want to see them disappear.  Others are aberrations – an invasion of our peace – and it would be fine with us if we never, ever thought of them again.

Being human though, they come upon us at their own pace.  All of this led me once again to this particular thought . . . 

What of Mary?

Mary at the cross?

In that moment of excruciating pain – both physical and emotional – what memories must have come gushing forth!

All the encounters, all the divine signs, all that happened just as God said it would must have led her to believe that this day would never come.  Imagine the Christmas ghosts she encountered?

But!  God’s Word is sure, and will always be accomplished!

It’s not a ghost of the past that she encounters days later – but her son . . . God the Son.  Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a woman to lead humanity to the Father!

Now that’s a Christmas memory!

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Luke 1:31–33  ESV

– Dale

Last Updated on Friday, February 09 2018 09:54
 
HOPE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 03 2017 00:00

“As He drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.  And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.  They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’”  Luke 18:35-37 ESV

A beautiful moment of hope . . . a blind man, sitting as he always sits, seeking the help of those passing by the busy thoroughfare.  A day like any other, except this day –  Jesus comes by.  This day he doesn’t cry out for alms but for a taste of the healing that he’s heard so much about.

“And he cried out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’”  Luke 18:38 ESV

A cry of desperation, a cry of hope . . . that this day would end like no other day had before – with sight!

“‘What do you want Me to do for you?’  He said, ‘Lord, let me recover my sight.’  And Jesus said to him, ‘Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.’  And immediately he recovered his sight and followed Him, glorifying God.  And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.”  Luke 18:41-43 ESV

This encounter between our Lord and hopelessness, clearly teaches us that what is impossible with man is a moment of healing with God.

Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness!

He is our rock of hope!

– Dale

 
THANK YOU, VETERANS! PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, November 11 2017 00:00

With respect, honor and gratitude,

Thank You, Veterans,

for serving our country and protecting us and our freedom!

 
FOR TO THIS YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 26 2017 00:00

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth.  When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.   He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  By His wounds you have been healed.”  1 Peter 2:21-24 ESV

Before Peter brings his readers to the crescendo of his apologetics passage in what we call chapter three, he proceeds this teaching with a reminder that as we faithfully walk with Jesus we will also experience suffering in this temporary, present, existence.  He actually brackets this instruction with the idea of suffering – reminding us that this is not a sign of disobedience – but to the contrary, a sign of deep faithfulness.

“For to this you have been called . . .”  To what?  Suffering for His cause, His message.  Peters' world, and our own, resists "The Jesus Way" violently at the behest of their lord – the devil.  The apostles experienced this first hand, as have so many Christians that followed in their footsteps. 
The questions arises today, for us . . .

  • Are we following His (Jesus) example?
  • Are we walking in His steps?
  • Are we willing to surrender all?


“. . . but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15 ESV

– Dale

Last Updated on Saturday, November 25 2017 20:22
 
HOLY DAYS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 05 2017 00:00

What is a Holy day of obligation?

To the Roman Catholic it is a day that one is required to attend mass – which is every Sunday.  It is as their catechism states, necessary.  There are other Holy Days, throughout the year to be sure, but this teaching stresses the need for the believer to be involved in regular worship.

I’m curious as to what something like this would mean to your average run-of-the-mill Baptist?  Being obligated seems to grate on the nerve that birthed our ilk out of the separatist movement to begin with.  Here’s the first verse that came to mind when I began to wrap my thoughts around this question.

“. . . not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:25  ESV

I see the words, “neglecting” and “obligation” as contrasting . . . at least in this context.  Many of today’s believers have turned neglecting into an art form – developing a system where by they reinterpret Holy Script as mere suggestions – good suggestions, but suggestions nevertheless.  How does this develop? 

It comes with a distorted view of God.  We perhaps see Him as our personal Protector who is at our beckon call – rather than a Holy and Righteous Creator who has every right to make any demand upon our lives at any time He so desires.

In considering the idea of obligation, I’m confronted with just how often we may deem God to be obligated toward us without returning the love.  Here's a thought . . . May we stop and consider just how often our neglect collides head on with God’s word – exposing a hesitancy to surrender our complete selves to Christ!  May this epiphany lead to a renewed spiritual hunger turning obligation into opportunity?

Trust and obey!

– Dale

 
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