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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

 
GODLY FATHERS NEEDED PDF Print

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

 
NEW PDF Print

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

 
DEVOUT CONVICTION PDF Print

Dear Rachel,

I’m a college sophomore.  About a year ago, through a ministry on Campus, I started learning what it means to be Jewish.  Up until then, I was Jewish in name only, and even that with a small “j.”  Little by little, I started going to Jewish events and taking on observance.

I have three good friends I found in freshman year, and we’re a real foursome.  One day, we decided to go ice-skating and I wore a jean skirt so as not to call attention to the fact that I was wearing a skirt.  Well, turns out the place didn’t allow jeans, even skirts.  One of my friends offered to lend me a pair of pants she had in her car, but I refused.  When I said they could go without me, they offered to go out to eat instead.  But then, I wouldn’t go to our usual cafe, having just taken on kashrut.  I suggested the kosher pizzeria; we went there, but they weren’t thrilled with it or with me.  They basically implied that I had ruined the evening with my religious craziness, that I wasn’t the same person anymore.

They’ve been cool to me ever since, and I suspect that they’ve been going out to have fun without me.  I could use some advice.

– Hurt and Confused


This letter was written to a Jewish blog.   How would you advise her?  I was left wanting from the answer given by this particular blogger.

I use that story to say this, “How are our spiritual convictions pressing in upon the relationships in our lives?”

What an extraordinary opportunity for this young woman.  To live out her faith in stark contrast to the world around her.  That takes bravery . . . or perhaps better put, devout conviction.

Could we be so bold with Jesus Christ?  The One who is the completion of all Jewish prophecy and who is the Hope of all mankind?

May we be so radically different from the “World” – meaning everything around us – that “it” can’t help but take notice how wonderfully weird we are!

“Be ye holy, for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:16

– Dale

 
MEMORIALIZED FOR ETERNITY PDF Print

“Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”  Matthew 26:13 ESV

One simple act of devotion, and it’s remembered into eternity.  This story, this recollection, has become a memorial for this devotee of Christ – remembered by all who read His word...  Why?

Perhaps it is the extravagance of the act that causes it to be so.  Because it is that.  The expensive perfume we are told elsewhere, is worth a year’s wages – amazing!  She clearly regards her Lord above filthy lucre.

The radical act itself could be the cause for the remembrance?  A woman performing such an act upon a man, who was not her husband, or family member – scandalous.  She breaks protocol – she acts outside the accepted norm.  Could that be the reason for honoring and memorializing this precious woman?

All of the above certainly is part – but not the full reason.  We remember her because of who receives the action – and why!  Jesus is the Christ!

Whether she is aware of this or not, she is moved by the spirit, to perform an act of love and devotion that causes a commotion.

She hears...
She does not question...
She performs the action, without even knowing why.

An obedient act of love perpetrated without questioning – memorialized for eternity!

This response, is actually the destiny of all such selfless, love-gorged acts performed for our Savior!  God remembers!

May we become loving memorials for our Christ!

– Dale

 
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