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Sunday, February 04 2018 00:00

“We  exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”  1 Thessalonians 2:12 (ESV)

The idea is that you and I, as followers of Christ, have become part of an alternate kingdom.  No doubt this is somewhat difficult to grasp at first, but is a basic truth that comes into greater focus as we align ourselves with God's perfect will.

Peter defends this teaching as he addresses the recipients of his first letter – calling them strangers or exiles in this land (meaning this present existence).  We were formerly citizens of this world that surrounds us but, through the power of God and His salvation we have now become citizens of another realm.

As members of this alternate world – we are purposed with a task.  This task is a responsibility to obey the words of our King and follow His example by proclaiming the gospel of love to those who will listen!

We help bring this about, by accepting the charge given us in God’s Word to walk (live) in an entirely different way . . . thereby, exposing the metamorphosis taking place within our lives and the possibility for others to experience the same.  Causing them to want what we have!

Our motives now find their roots buried within the mind of Christ!  Our pursuits become dictated by a Holy presence within rather than the carnal nature that’s been discarded.  Having died to self, we now – in this present world – strive to walk in a manner that is worthy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

In order that you might taste and experience true life, full life, you must come and join the real walking dead!

– Dale

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Sunday, January 28 2018 00:00

“Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to My people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.  Yet they seek Me daily and delight to know My ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of Me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.”  Isaiah 58:1-2 (ESV)

God gives the nation of Israel a way back.  A way back from where?  Their waywardness!

They had drifted so far from God and deluded themselves so thoroughly that they actually thought they were on the right path.  In truth, they were headed for a cliff.

God gives us a way back.  “A way back,” you ask?  Yes, please consider . . .  Are we deluded by the god of this world?  Of course we are!

Could we possibly imagine that our courtship of God would remotely win His heart?  Look at the devotion of these have-nots in Isaiah 58 and consider your offering.  The entire issue there – and here is this – God knows the heart . . . what moves it, excites it, warms its cockles!  He truly knows what the heart contains whether the owner does or not!  The content is seen by its contact.  The heart’s devotion is known by its selfless motion.

God gives us a way to Him – in truth – not in self-deluding fairy tales!  The way to Him or the way back, is to fully follow. 

Observe . . .

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”  Isaiah 58:6-7 (ESV)

Surrender, selflessness, sacrifice . . . these are the marks of the sanctified!

– Dale

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Sunday, January 14 2018 00:00

“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”  Hebrews 2:1 ESV

Have you ever laid on a raft, closed your eyes and just let the waves take you wherever?  If so, you probably only did it once – because the currents within the gulf or the oceans are intensely strong and they have a tendency to sweep you away quicker than you ever imagined.

Spiritual Drifting is even more dangerous!

Drifting leaves one at the mercy of the prevailing currents – and the current of this world can lead us farther astray than we ever imagined.  The longer we drift, the greater distance we find ourselves from God’s presence.  This is treacherous, because it’s within God’s presence that we find the necessary provisions for living the Spirit-filled life of a believer.

Drifting may simply start out as a desire to disconnect for a moment – to let go of perceived responsibilities and take a well deserved break.  After all, God is all about rest . . . right?

Here’s the potential problem: once we step away – we may be swept away . . . carried quicker and farther than we ever thought possible!

Drifting from worship and/or the Word, potentially diminishes our ability to connect.  Without connection, we lack the power and passion needed to overcome.  This leads to neglect – as we begin to neglect God’s presence.

Where are you headed?  Do you even know?  Are you trapped in a powerful current – being sucked further from God?

My prayer is that you stop – and begin searching for a direction of purpose, today.

– Dale

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Sunday, January 21 2018 00:00

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display His craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known.  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.  God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.”  Psalm 19:1-4 (NLT)

Seldom in our busy world do we pause and listen for creation’s praise.  We become accustomed to observing the world around us and often find the miraculous ordinary.

As we stagger about in our handcrafted malaise – these ordinary creations continuously praise their Creator!  It seems that it’s only when we’re accosted by some new or rare experience do we stop and take a breath – wondering about such a creative Maker.

The psalmist in this particular song, suggests that there is a perpetual praise and worship service being expressed in an unimaginable language all around us – every moment of every day.

I wonder sometimes if these creations are capable of wondering about us?  If so, perhaps their question would be, “Why would humans become so engulfed in temporary pursuits, that they would fail or forget to praise God?”

Good question!

May we today take part in the heavenly chorus – offering exuberant praise to the Creator for His amazing creativity!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

– Dale

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Sunday, January 07 2018 00:00

Well it’s January seventh . . . are you hanging in there?  You know, with your New Year’s resolution that you made in a moment of strength (or weakness).

According to unofficial (made up) statistics – most people abandon their resolutions within the first month.  How about you?

Here’s some advice I found online that may help you stick:

(1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make;

(2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you;

(3) rely on God’s strength to help you;

(4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you;

(5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further;

(6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says: “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Put another way: “I resolve to seek my Lord’s leadership in all that I do,” even when it comes to fulfilling my New Year resolution.  Requesting His presence and His strength in accomplishing this worth while goal!  –  Amen!

Like the cat says, “Hang in there, baby!”

– Dale

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