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Sunday, July 21 2019 00:00

Agony is a thought or concept that we seldom dwell on today.  In times past however, this word was attached rather securely to one’s faith.  Faith brings relief, yes, relief from the burden of sin and also from the results of that sin.  Relief that leads to a celebratory joy and peace as we discover more of our new found life in Christ.  But very clearly faith is also designed to bring a severity – an agony – that in the life of the believer ushers us to new found discoveries.

We, being changed creatures, now agonize over recurring failures that we recognize as sin.  But more than this, we also agonize over those whose lives are inextricably intertwined in the darkness of this present world – who are lost and in desperate need of a life-giving, life-changing Savior.

Agony becomes our adrenaline giving us the capacity to overcome fear and timidity – leading us to be expressive with our faith.  Please know that if agony is not experienced by the believer, moving them to action . . . then darkness has eclipsed the light, and that’s not natural!

– Dale

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 16 2019 11:47
 
SPEAK OUT! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 07 2019 00:00

Capitulation might well be the word of the day.

More and more the church, of this moment, looks to give ground to a radically sinful culture in order that it might somehow remain relevant with the arbiters of this rebellious society.  As the church of Christ it’s important to remain vigilant and to be careful – that in this desire to remain relevant within a rapidly changing culture that we remain real!

What good is it for anyone to engage a world with a pitifully weak, almost worthless faith?  How will that dimension of following maintain any type of clear Holy direction?

Boldness is needed now more than ever.  Knowledge is required so that we might answer their false apologetics with true biblical apologetics.

The world is clearly seeking our demise – the death of the church – and it begins by diminishing our voice!

Without her voice – the boundaries are easily erased!

Speak out!!!

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, July 08 2019 09:32
 
GODLY FATHERS NEEDED PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 16 2019 00:00

Well, the clear and present danger of our day is the all out assault on what’s termed as the nuclear-family.  It’s a descriptive term that defines a social unit, comprised of father and mother who are married, children... whether biologically theirs, or gained through adoption.  Perhaps we would simply describe them as a biblical family.

This unit (family) has been the backbone of our culture since its inception.  And yes, we have found every way known to Solomon to muck it up – but I believe it’s still God’s preferred way. 

But here, now, our culture has decided that the basic biblical family unit is a threat to society as a whole and is seeking any way possible to cause its deterioration!  Fatherhood, especially has come under attack.  Being described as unnecessary by some psychologists – and even dangerous to the health and well being of children due to our toxic masculinity by others.

Now more than ever fathers, your influence is needed in the home.

Your faith needs to be on display for the family to experience.

Your deep love for your wife must be apparent to those you love the most.

Your strength, your willingness to labor, your desire to put your God and family first must be experienced so that it doesn’t have to be wondered about!

Fathers, we need you desperately today – to be devoted to your Heavenly Father, and your earthly family!  Our future is hinged on our fathers being godly men!

Happy Father’s Day!

– Dale

Last Updated on Thursday, June 13 2019 09:08
 
BE THE LIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 23 2019 00:00

How do we do Christianity in this modern, enlightened, yet extremely egocentric, narcissistic, culture?

Too harsh?  Probably not harsh enough?

Well, I suppose in the same way every generation of true “Christ followers” have since the Ascension.  We stand boldly, yet humbly, filled with the Spirit and His Word!  We press into the darkness with the Word of God in our hearts and on our lips.

My premise is this – that we find all that we need – within God’s scripture!  The more we feast... (this is a situation where gluttony is preferred) ...the stronger we become!

But we must come to this issue or (table) with certain presuppositions; that,
* Scripture is True.
* Scripture is Reliable
* Scripture is the Inerrant, and Infallible, Word of God.
* That God’s Word contains all we need to lay siege upon the darkness that can be felt (Ex.10:21).

We know personally the desperation of being darkly-engulfed, and needing direction, and guidance, and a spark of light to walk toward.

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV

Guide us Father, in this culture of redefinition... where established, scriptural norms are being shredded by those shrouded in darkness!

May we ever be the light!!!

– Dale

 
NEW PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, June 09 2019 00:00

Beginnings are exciting . . . mostly.  We, for the most part, enjoy the newness of a situation.  We like to think that the new will be better than the old, or previous – and in the case of Christianity that’s absolutely true.

The old covenant made at Sinai became a holiness code for Israel to follow, showing them how to become a royal priesthood and an entire kingdom of priests.  But, as the apostle writes:

“For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”  Romans 3:20 ESV

The Law was given to guide, and teach, that we the people need more – we need God within!

“He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant.  This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit.  The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.”  2 Corinthians 3:6 NLT

So in Christ we become, “New.”  We become something other than what we were . . .

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

The beauty of this “New” is that it does not, in any way, simply discard the old law – but it fulfills every minute detail.  Instilling and installing it within our hearts, our minds, and souls!

This “New’s” creative power is not found in a formality or strict adherence to a new code of ethics, but rather in a Person.  Jesus Christ within us, marks us as His special possession and then empowers us to overcome the sin (our sin) that brought about the need for such a radical “Newness” in the first place.

Beginnings are exciting – but not only exciting . . . they are also recognizable.  So here’s the all important question . . . do you recognize this new change within your life?

– Dale

 
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