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GOD GAVE US EACH OTHER PDF Print

"I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.  As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.  As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men.  With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.  He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love."  The Song of Solomon 2:1-4 ESV

Here we are once again, just past our national love-in day.  Where all wives or girlfriends honor their husbands or beauxs with the opportunity to express their undying affection by purchasing them gifts and an extravagant meal.  Hmmm, what could be more generous or magnanimous?

We, however, on the male side of the equation feel the pressure of upstaging last year's attempt and coming up with something completely new and fresh (if there is such a thing?).  Ok, to be honest, not far beyond the dating years it usually becomes less of a mad-dash filled with passion and more of a pleasant mutual stroll filled with very pleasing ease and comfort – and well it should be.

The covenant marriage is designed to be enjoyed through every stage of life.  We learn to smolder with the propensity to ignite into an inferno when the time is appropriate.  God gave us each other – and as I often remind my wife – life would be rather dull without her shining knight by her side! (That's me by-the-way!)

– Dale

 
GENUINENESS PDF Print

"And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.'"

Mark 12:43-44 ESV

The truly amazing thing that is exposed here is our Lord's perception.  Not that Jesus in His humanity could not know.  We've already seen countless times within these gospel records of Jesus perceiving the hearts and minds of those He's dealing with. 

But this seems different?  This is like the woman at the well that John tells us of.  There, Jesus knew how many husbands the woman had-here Jesus knows this woman's complete financial situation.  She does not engage Him, nor does He converse with her but He knows!

Certainly Jesus has now ascended and is clothed in the full expression of His divinity.  So, your heart and mine is laid bear before His knowing gaze.  All that can be known regarding your motives and mine, your actions and mine, are His to judge.

May we live and move fully aware of this fact.  Seeking to live within a genuineness that is propelled by our trust and our faith!

– Dale

 
SPIRITUAL GUMBO PDF Print

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."  Colossians 3:16 ESV

Gumbo is a concoction of many different ingredients, right?  Chicken and sausage or shrimp and crab or raccoon and possum – whatever the tastebuds desire.  When mixed together with other flavor boosting veggies and spices or species... they compliment one another taste-wise and make the mouth water as the stomach grumbles.

Not quite the same thing here, but the Apostle Paul is mixing a spiritual gumbo... of sorts.  He begins with the Word of God (this is the main ingredient and it ain't worth eating without it!).  The Word has to permeate all other additions to the pot in order for the meal to be editable!

What would you teach, or use in admonishing if not the Word of God?  There is no spiritual wisdom found outside of God's precepts.  All spiritual songs have only one foundation – and that is the sacred script delivered by God Himself!

The Word must simmer within us, within in our hearts, in order that the flavor of our lives might be pleasing to our God!  Oh sha, when it's cooked right... it brings nothing but delight!

– Dale

 
FEARFULLY & WONDERFULLY MADE PDF Print

"For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb.  I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."  Psalms 139:13–16 ESV

The psalmist relates to us, through prophetic knowledge, that God's intimate relationship with him (and us) began long before birth.  As Creator, God has intricate knowledge of each soul.  Therefore, there is nothing about us that could remotely take Him by surprise.  The span of our days is written upon the ancient scroll, whether long or short, our Creator is aware of each breath – and they are each very precious to Him.

This week marked the forty-seventh year of the "Roe v Wade" Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand with minimal restrictions.  Unfortunately those minimal restrictions are being eroded year by year and state by state.  It has been reported that within this span of time – from 1973 to date – somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty-one million lives have been ended in the womb!  How ghastly!

Will you join me in prayer that soon this horrific practice may come to an end?... that a generation would rise up with a desire and a demand to preserve life rather than discovering new and more insidious ways to end it!

God is definitely aware!!!

– Dale

 
SOJOURNERS PDF Print

"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation."  1 Peter 2:11-12 ESV

As an Apostle, as one who walked with Christ and was sent by Christ to the uttermost, Peter understood what it meant to be an exile in this present world.  His focus, his motivation, his determined effort in living, changed as Christ entered into his heart.  Peter's  thoughts, will, and actions became the property of another.  He changed into a new man, one whose life was forfeited for his Lord.  The overriding desire throughout his life was to share the gospel – and all that accepting this good news of hope implied.

We, who are Christ's offspring, must heed this message of surrender, so that the world we walk in might see the heaven we've been born into.

Be the exile you were born to be!

– Dale

 
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