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Sunday, March 20 2016 00:00

Excitement is at a fevered pitch as Jesus enters Jerusalem to a cascade of sounds. There are screams of joy for the hope of a messiah; focused calls for action to resist Rome; and surrounding are those who are simply caught up in the circus atmosphere of the moment.

This moment – this particular moment expresses so well the careful path that our God has engineered.  Moments can be a profound thing . . . and this one moment, more than most.

In a moment, Jesus fulfills an ancient Hebrew prophecy given by the prophet Zechariah– leading to the start of something completely brand new.

This trail of triumphal cheers leads Jesus to a trail of blood and tears.  But this divine path leads further – follow it.

In a moment, everything changed.

“. . . I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10 (ESV)

–Dale

 
GOD'S GUIDANCE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 13 2016 01:00

Defend me from all temptation, that I may ever accept the right and refuse the wrong.

Defend me from myself, that in Your care my weakness may not bring me to shame.  May my lower nature never seize the upper hand.

Defend me from all that would seduce me, that in Your power no tempting voice may cause me to listen, no tempting sight fascinate my eyes.

Defend me against the chances and changes of this life, not that I may escape them but that I may meet them with firm resolve; not that I may be saved from them but that I may come unscathed through them.

Defend me from discouragement in difficulty and from despair in failure, from pride in success, and from forgetting You in the day of prosperity.

Grant me this desire: that guided by Your light and defended by Your grace, I may come in safety and bring honor to my journey’s end by the defending work of Jesus Christ my Lord.  May it always be so!
–Norman Shawchuck

Praying for God’s guidance in your life – today and every day!

–Dale

 
DON'T CUT THE WRONG THING PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 28 2016 00:00

Imagine if we were to step back a century from now and describe to those living then, the devices we that have at our disposal today.  It seems very likely that they would perceive us as having more time on our hands than we knew what to do with.  From the speed at which we travel, to the speed at which we are able to connect with others – they would probably wonder how we ever manage to fill the extra time?

But that’s not how it turns out . . . is it?  Oddly, we’re more hurried and harried than those simpler, slower folks ever were.  This ever rapid pace has unfortunately had some unintended consequences in our world today.  Something’s gotta go, right?

Christian author, Thom S. Rainer tells us that the standard for regular church attendance has gone from three times a week to three times a month in just a few short decades!

Something had to give.  We cull out what we value the least.  That’s harsh, and we would seldom say it this way – it’s just reality.

Here’s what scripture tells us:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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 10:24-25 (ESV) 

Be careful that you’re not cutting out the wrong thing!

Keeping up with the world is heady stuff – our adversary knows this.  That’s what makes the traps so easy to set.  Here’s a question for the “time challenged” of our day . . .
What has more value? 
The temporary or . . .
The permanent?

–Dale

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PENTECOST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 06 2016 00:00

The unthinkable happened . . .

Pentecost!

Peoples lives were forever changed by one decision.  Thousands trusted in Jesus as their Savior, followed by baptism. 

Wonderful!  Now what?

The original disciples began to build a community of faith, and they used the only model they knew.  These men had followed Jesus for three years.  They ate with Him, slept along the roadside with Him and journeyed every painstaking mile with Him.  Jesus became their life.

So they followed the model.

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)

The way of Jesus consumed these early believers.  It was not just an addendum to their lives – this new faith became their entire identity!

Has the model changed?

May our lives be fully consumed!

–Dale

 
LOVE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 21 2016 00:00

“Live a life filled with love . . .”  Ephesians 5:2

Could there be anymore Christ-centric words than these?

The Christ who taught His followers to love their neighbors, and then helped them broaden their definition of who that neighbor was, continues leading each believer today to live directed by that very same love.  Paul echoes Christ’s teaching within this letter, as he restates our Lord’s most basic command:

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”  John 15:12 (NLT)

Love is the conduit in which the power of God flows – impacting and changing the world.  Knowledge or persuasive arguments are poor substitutes absent of this most critical component.  Only by the divine love of God within, can we experience change without.

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.  He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”  Ephesians 5:2 (NLT)

–Dale

 
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