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CRITICAL VISUALIZATIONS PDF Print

We need to return to two fundamental and critical visualizations about YHWH:

The first is that He is absolutely sovereign.
Nothing escapes His purview.
Nothing is beyond His reach.
Nothing occurs without His consent.
Sovereignty means totality.
I exist because He desires it.

The second is that He is to be feared.
Not only does He hold my life or death in His hand, He is worthy of my every effort of devotion.
I owe Him everything.
He presides over me in every way.
His favor or disfavor determines everything about my life.

I am expected to be in reverence and awe . . . commanded! – to be in reverence and awe before Him!  And that usually means to be on the floor on my face.  Anything else is presumptive arrogance or unimaginable foolishness.

– Dale

 
MOTHERS PDF Print

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise) that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Ephesians   6:1-3 (ESV)

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”  – Robert Browning

Before we can utter the name of God . . . before we can know the name of our Savior, we speak the name – mother.  She is the face of love.  The very definition of care and compassion that we would be lost without.

Mothers – they are an early taste of what we look for in our blessed Savior.

– Dale

 
RESTORE ME PDF Print

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
Psalms 51:12 (ESV)

Notice what the psalmist prays for in the midst of his broken relationship with his Heavenly Father; restoration and a willing spirit! 

Contemplating on the meaning of this prayer and what lies behind the language leads one to conclude that as the writer’s priorities shifted, his service drifted.  Not only did he sin but he became unwilling or simply lost all motivation to serve His as a result of that sin.

Perhaps there is presently an interruption in your relationship with your Savior?  Because of this, maybe you too have lost the motivation for working in the soul-harvest that surrounds you every day?

If so, may you do as the psalmist did . . . seek restoration.

“Restore me,” he pleaded.  Create something new within me, became his fervent prayer.

May his long ago cry for help become ours today . . . to love our labor, to serve our Savior!

Have you decided to follow Jesus?

– Dale

 
REBUILDING PDF Print

“The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”  Isaiah 9:10 (ESV)

I love the confidence of the prophet . . . destruction has come, but we will rebuild!

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  The pews have rotted – but we will rebuild with cushioned chairs.  Carpets have been ripped up – but we’ve put new floors in its place.

When the waters receded so many could only see the destruction.  How could we possibly rebuild?  God knew!  Calling forth assistance from strange places like Tahlequah, OK, Westview, FL, and Shreveport, LA the work flourished . . . God is good!

Now is the time to add living stones . . . “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 2:5 (ESV)

Join us as we rebuild God’s House!

– Dale

 
FLEE-ERS, DENIERS & BETRAYERS PDF Print

“Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand.”
Matthew 26:46

As Max Lucado writes in his book, “And the Angels Were Silent”:  “this verse was spoken of Judas, but it could have been spoken of any of us.”

We all, at one time or another, certainly have deserved to bear that moniker – betrayer!

That night with Jesus, there were sleepers when there should have been watchers.  Flee-ers when there should have been standers.  Deniers when there should have been heralds of the truth – that Jesus was Messiah.  Then of course that night, there was also a betrayer. One who had become so disillusioned with words and wanted action – “Either You are or You aren’t what I'm looking for, Jesus; and if You aren’t then get out of the way.”

How have you remade Jesus?  How have you redesigned the Savior to be what’s considered acceptable to you?  God came from heaven to save mankind not appease him and make his way easy.

Don’t loose sight of the fact that Jesus gave Himself over to the arresting crowd – to the betrayer.  Ten thousand Angels poised and ready for battle had to hold back that night.  All of this because Jesus knew in the midst of the sleepers, the flee-ers, the deniers, and yes even the  betrayers – there were sinners that needed a Savior!

We still do!

– Dale

 
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