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Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes,

“The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner.   So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship.  We dare not be sinners.  Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.”

“So what do we do?”  He asks, then answers.

“We cover up our sin, and live in hypocrisy.”

He expounds further on this spiritual practice.   “In contrast to this kind of fellowship, the gospel is only for the sinner.  We do not have to lie but we can own up to God.  Moreover, we are to confess and be confessed to.”

Here is some of his main thoughts on this issue:

• Non confession isolates an individual, which is precisely where sin desires to place you. (Reworded)  “Where there is confession, the way is open to returning to the community.”

• Confession should be on a personal basis – between two people. 
For in confession to one member, confession is made to all.  (Only general confession is made to the entire fellowship.)

• Confession is communal in that it reconnects the sinner to the fellowship. (Reworded)

• Confession declares our willingness to be obedient, to walk in humility, and reignites our joy we once found in fellowship. (Reworded)

• To whom shall one confess?
He who lives beneath the cross.
Only those who confess should listen to confessions.

Dietrich saw confession as a necessary act in the life of an individual Christian and the church at large.  This practice kept the heart of the believer filled with the joy of God’s presence, and connected to the community.

Thoughts?

– Dale

 
WHEREVER WE GO PDF Print

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

This is a beautiful promise made to Joshua, the man who was to fill Moses’ shoes.

I, the Lord your God am with you . . . wherever you go.

From the time Moses mounted his divinely directed campaign against Pharaoh until the moment of the great leader’s death, Joshua looked to him before taking a single step.  Now the burden of the blessing fell upon his shoulders.  He chose to learn how to operate at a much deeper level of trust.

This is where potential Christ-followers find themselves – at a place of radical trust, and at a place of selfless love and devotion that discards the decaying carnal flesh so that complete surrender might be achieved.  As the psalmist wrote:

“But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.”  Psalms 13:5 ESV

The Christ-follower who has learned to live this radical trust, can hear the words of their Savior with joy and complete confidence.  They can hold to the promise . . .

“. . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Wherever we go!

– Dale

 
ENCASED IN CHRIST PDF Print

"35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36. As it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’  37. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39. nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Romans 8:35-39  ESV 

As Christians we love these words!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

But in our glee, we often fail to absorb their full teaching.  Nothing can separate the one who has died to self – the one who is being killed all day long.  We are firmly fixed only at the final surrender.  We are more that conquerors only following our total capitulation. 

Then and only then, can we claim to stand against these strong opponents that Paul mentions – because we are fully encased in Christ.  His ever conquering love overcomes all obstacles when we are ready to deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow Him.

This is the reality of the relationship – it must actually exist – on His terms!

I pray you know the truth!

– Dale

 
WELCOME! PDF Print

Welcome, West Pittman Baptist Church, to south Louisiana – where we catch, clean, and eat gators! . . . where the righteous are known by two things: their devotion to God and the fact that they are Tiger fans.  We know that by the end of this week, you’ll be ready to tear off those blue and orange robes of unrighteousness and embrace the divine colors of purple and gold!  Just kidding around!!! . . . Although every word is true!

Welcome, WPBC, in particular to Comite Baptist Church.  We are so glad that you have committed to help us out this week and to connect with the body of Christ here in such a personal way.

Comite, we will have a full week – starting today!  From 1:30-4:30 p.m. we will be hanging fliers in the surrounding neighborhoods.  Then returning to the church at 6 p.m. for an evening service.

During the week you can come and work along side our family from Florida.  (I hope you will take advantage of this.)  This Wednesday evening we will hold service in the sanctuary beginning at 6:30 where we will deal with the issue of “eternal security.”

Thursday is a special day.  In the afternoon and evening we will have an evangelistic gathering with jumping-shacks and snowballs and games and . . . of course God’s word! We’ re looking forward to an exciting time!

Then, Saturday the 15th we will say, “So long for now!” to our brothers and sisters from West Pitman as they make their way back to Florida!

Come be a part of this very special week, as we seek to bring the message of love to as many as God wills!

– Dale

 
GOD BLESS AMERICA! PDF Print

Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Argument in the Case of Howell vs. Netherland:
[ca. April 1770]
Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.

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Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s “A Summary View of the Rights of British America”:
[July 1774]
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe:
[Paris June 17. 1785]
I sincerely wish you may find it convenient to come here. the pleasure of the trip will be less than you expect, but the utility greater. it will make you adore your own country, it’s soil, it’s climate, it’s equality, liberty, laws, people & manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. while we shall see multiplied instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever see an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe & continuing there.

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Thomas Jefferson –
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

God Bless America!

– Dale

 
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