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MADE TO POSSESS THE UNPOSSESSABLE PDF Print

I don’t believe that God’s propensity to give and love can be questioned.  When we look at the enormity, the intricacy, the diversity, and even the esthetic beauty of God’s wonderful creation, we cannot help but become awed and overwhelmed. 

But it’s the fact that, as the crown of His creation, all that has been made was made for man... for you.

We are truly, His focus!

We are the aim of His pinpointed love in the person of Jesus Christ!

God loved and loves so immensely that He could not allow the focus of His passion to wallow in a sin-filled, hopeless, state.  Therefore, He made possible a path – that leads directly to Him!  It is only because the God, who is Love, so thoroughly loved that He became His own creation, laying the blood-path that leads to life –  personally!

Please know, that without this selfless sacrifice of our Creator we would be the most pitiful of beings... being made to possess the unpossessable.  But our God opened a divine door through the incarnation and bids us:

“Come in and know Me better...!”

How will you – personally – respond to this type of love?

– Dale

 
OUR ONLY HOPE PDF Print

Our hope is built on nothing less than checks and cash and all the rest... wait that’s not right, is it?

Our hope is built on the solid frame of notoriety and an honored name... hmmm, that sounds a bit off!

Our hope is known by the fun we have and every thing that makes us laugh?

No, that’s not it!!!  I’m sorry, the facts keep getting in the way of retrieving these old words written by Edward Mote.

Let me try again...

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Eureka!  You have to kinda ignore the current of our culture in order to capture these words!

Today, on this first Sunday of Advent, we focus on Christ who is

our Holy Hope

our Divine Hope

and actually our ONLY Hope!

But I wonder, are we truly aware?

Or are we so thoroughly enamored with this world’s enticements and entertainment that we can’t quite recall where our hope must be placed and our faith fixed?

I hope you know!

– Dale

 
BE THANKFUL PDF Print

There’s nothing more beautiful than a heart filled with gratitude!

To be truly thankful is to be divinely observant, allowing for vision that’s Glory-filled, Spirit-channeled, and unique.  Encountering this perspective is rare – like an amazing color that only emerges just when the light is perfectly filtered.

So . . . search for it, cultivate it, then use it for God’s glory!

Gratitude in its purest form is a muscle, and therefore, it is possible to be developed.  This inner muscle – in maturity – delivers wonderful side effects . . . which can be completely life-changing. 
An example of that would be the unique vision already mentioned – seeing the mundane as something new and marvelous.

With gratitude, others will begin to gravitate toward you, being open to your message, rather than pushing you away.  With this new condition, it will allow you to invest in the well-being and joy of others.  Experiencing it rather than merely observing.

Gratitude creates beauty wherever practiced and genuinely performed.

“You are my God, and I will give thanks to You; You are my God; I will extol You.  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!”  Psalm 118:28–29 (ESV)

Be thankful,
– Dale

 
EYES OF FAITH PDF Print

We often perceive reality through a world view, not our own.  We are daily fed the meat that sustains a fractured world seeking to foster rebellion with its Maker.

All the while, this world seeks to use us as brainwashed or heart-altered combatants that are ignorant of their impact.  Soldiers who destroy and then awaken . . . unashamed —

Is this even possible?

We are called to conformity at a bright and early age by the voice of reason – ever leading us away from independence and the freedom promised by our original Creator.

But, to hear God’s divine voice with clarity and retreat from the norm while seeking to lose oneself within the Creator . . . then that person sees with eyes of faith the burning bush, hears the temple-whisper, and feels the sting of Calvary’s drops.

That one becomes lost – but lost to the world’s rebellion.

That believer, in their search, finds more than can be described!

So, today seek the kingdom – first, last, and always; while desiring to conform to the Word that created the world.  The true rebellion is found in desiring humility and pursuing Holiness!

– Dale

 
NO COSMIC "ACCIDENT" PDF Print

Much of mankind is in a no-holds-barred death-match with God (have you noticed?).

The infamous “they” have initiated this challenge by seeking to create an environment, or culture, or space, where God becomes completely irrelevant – in other words – dismissed as Creator, Guide, and Savior!  In this carnal-lunacy, many are fervently seeking to create man in their image.  Or better put, they are seeking to make man’s origin understandable, explainable – therefore robbing this incredible “God-moment” of all its Divinity.

By doing this they strive to quantify existence itself and more fully understand the deeper perplexing aspects of humankind.  They seek to remove any and all mystery – by making creation a cosmic accident.  We become the god who knows by killing God and therefore are free to create a society that allows us to be in absolute control!

No God, no morality!

This humanistic concept obliterates all boundaries.  We become free agents, so-to-speak, doing only what is best for ourselves and that which we care for!  If indeed man evolved, then he certainly devolves into nothing unique.  Just a cosmic hiccup that will one day cease to be.

But . . . if we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” . . . then every aspect of this creation – from the baby in the womb to the elderly drawing near the end – is unique!  Every breath, every life, every God-created person, is to be cherished by God’s redeemed moral agents.

I believe we are created by Christ, redeemed through Christ in order to serve Christ in bringing Christ to those who are Christless!

Interesting that the best idea man can come up with is primordial-ooze?

God’s idea . . . is you!

– Dale

 
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