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Sunday, January 29 2017 00:00

There are walls, and then there are walls.

The issue of walls came up repeatedly in the recent campaign and is in our news again.  Our president intends on building one.  This wall, we’re told, will work to slow the flow of illegal drugs coming across our southern boarder while helping to regulate immigration.

We hear much of walls within God’s word – as they are the main source of protection for any city of importance.  Jericho was known for its thick impenetrable walls (whose protection proved to be impotent in the face of God).  Jerusalem felt invincible behind her thick walls.  Sadly as they were carried away captive they looked back upon a field of stones made by the crumbled walls.

Walls, in God’s Word, are often used as a picture – helping us visualize His divine protection.  A person is said to have strong walls if he lives his life under control – depending upon God to be his shield and defender.

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”  Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)

Paradoxically we build our walls strong through surrender.  By placing your trust in the Creator you allow Him to be your defense!

“He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.”  Psalms 91:4-5 (ESV)

Build your walls high, through a continuously deeper relationship with your Savior.

– Dale

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Sunday, January 22 2017 00:00

“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping Your statutes!”  Psalms 119:5

Stumbling has become a way of life for me lately.  Due to an ‘09 leg surgery I don’t always feel the floor as well as I should.  Not to mention obstructions!  Now days they’ve added enough medicine to my daily regime that I could start a small pharmacy.  All of this has just made me more clumsy – I freely admit it!  But know this... when I stumble, I fall with style!

Stumbling spiritually is a dangerous condition to find oneself in.  It occurs when we take our eyes and therefore our hearts off of the Word and will of God and consider our way to be sufficient.  The psalmist here asks for consistency.  He pleads for the ability to remain focused.  This prayer should be echoed by every believer today.

In a culture where so many are casting aside pivotal portions of God’s divine Word – or rejecting the Bible outright in its entirety – we are too often left struggling for clarity from those promoting their own agendas rather than grappling with divine truth.

“Oh that MY WAYS may be steadfast...”

Know this, everyone is personally responsible for their own way.  May we be surefooted in seeking the truth as we commit ourselves to walking with the Lord of the undiluted word of God.    

– Dale

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Sunday, January 08 2017 00:00

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.’”  Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)

On a particular night a particular star rose to mark a particular birth.

The question (at least to me) is, “Why do you suppose that it was left to these Gentiles to recognize the significance of this moment and then act upon it?”  Did they see the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy proclaimed by a forerunner of their ilk many centuries before?  Or did the Holy Spirit stir their hearts to observe, investigate and find?

Either way, the question remains: where were the godly?  Preoccupied to the point of blindness?  Or perhaps lulled into believing that nothing miraculous happened anymore?

Today may we remind ourselves to seek God’s path for our lives – to look for the light of miracles – which may lead us on a journey of biblical proportions!

Follow the light!

– Dale

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Sunday, January 15 2017 00:00

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  Matthew 4:1 (ESV)

In this passage we discover the power of submission.  As Jesus emerges from the baptismal waters following the verbal affirmation of God the Father, one might more than halfway expect Him to explode from the river into full on preaching slash miracle-working mode.  Instead, Jesus who had patiently submitted to Mary and Joseph until the proper time restrains Himself once again and follows rather than leads.

This verse records a journey that takes the Son of man to a vitally important place– one that He’s already recognized and prepared for.  Whether you’ve discovered it yet or not, this journey was actually made for you – and without it you and I would have no future hope!

There are three aspects of this particularly peculiar journey we need to be aware of:
1.  This trip had a leader – and it wasn’t Jesus!  Emulate His humility.
2.  This journey had a destination – and it wasn't the wilderness.  Practice His willingness to deny self.
3.  This destination had a purpose – and it wasn’t just a solitary fight between the devil and Jesus!  Recognize His bonafide within this epic battle.

Jesus did what Adam could not.  He overcame the temptation laid before Him.  He did this so that we might have life.  So that we might escape our rightful judgement.  This was a battle royal and Jesus provided the victory for each of us.  In this “garden-moment” where man first failed – Jesus shook the locks on the gates to paradise!

– Dale

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Sunday, January 01 2017 00:00

Well, it doesn't really matter whether you’re making them or not . . . people all around you are making New Year’s resolutions and you’ll have to listen them go on about theirs . . . at least for a day or so.  So why not be well informed?

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinions released its findings on what Americans have decided as their top resolution for the New Year.  “Being a better person” topped the list at 16 percent, knocking “weight loss” from the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2014, according to the Poll.  That’s a big statement!  May I make some suggestions on how this feat can be accomplished?  Here’s but a few:

• Resolve to become a doer of the word of God, not merely a student!
James 1:22

• Resolve to labor intensely for the Lord, handling the word of God properly.
2 Timothy 2:15

• Resolve to consistently meet for worship and study!
Hebrews 10:25

• Resolve to faithfully keep the Lord’s commandments.
John 14:15

• Resolve to share the love . . . make disciples.
Matthew 28:19

When it comes to becoming more . . . God’s word has you covered!  Love it, learn it and live it!

– Dale

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