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TUG-OF-WAR? PDF Print

Is there a secular versus sacred tug-of-war in your life?

The idea of an environment that is completely secular – in other words being devoid of God’s teaching – is embraced and desired by many in our culture today.  Those who would suggest that such atmospheres could and do exist are those who are more likely to reject the actual presence of God in any space.  Being convinced of the idea that mankind is the result of an extremely old step-by-step evolutionary process the secularist seeks to ridicule and hamper those who may hold views to the contrary.

Anyone with even a modicum of understanding regarding the Christian faith would understand the absurdity with which the believer would view this concept of secularism.  In their minds (the disciple) –  there exists no space from our Lord’s divine presence.

A believer in Jesus Christ, cannot move to and from a divine presence to a profane plot of ground at a whim.  Even though this is what our post-modern world demands.  We, as disciples, recognize the design that Christ has upon our minds and hearts along with the entire spectrum of our lives and brings that faith and practice into every realm of our existence.

Chosen by Christ we leave the debate behind and acknowledge that every decision made is done so under the tutelage of God’s divine Spirit.  There is no tug-of-war because we as followers, have let go of the rope.  Whether the world will accept this decision and the subsequent path is another question.  But we who know Christ can do nothing else – so here we stand.  May that stance never falter!

– Dale

 
HARMONY PDF Print

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”   Romans 15:5-7 ESV

Harmony is an understandable term but an elusive concept to live out.  Knowing how the word is defined is meaningless if the idea is not fleshed out in our daily walk.

Look around today as you travel within your own community.  The number of church buildings and their diversity are a glaring testimony to our inability to experience true harmony. 

Too many see themselves as the center of God’s universe – so anything that disrupts that self-absorbed orbit, is not of God and needs to be dealt with . . . Not!  Please don’t misunderstand me – heresy must be exposed so that the gospel may be allowed to flourish.  But too often this so-called heresy is only our own worldly traditions that are fixed in stone and if broken, demands that the perpetrator be stoned.

Harmony includes the receptivity to truth, but also includes a desire to extend that truth in gentleness, mercy and humility.

Here’s the crux of the matter:  every soul is precious, every person worthy of divine healing in Jesus Christ.  We must remember that even though we cannot compromise the word of God – so much of what disrupts harmony – can be.  How many sacred cows are roaming about within our churches creating wounds that need not be?

May all that we do, O Lord, bring glory to your Holy name!

– Dale

 
JESUS - THE PERFECT LAMB PDF Print

“And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.  For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you.  You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.”     Leviticus 16:29–30 ESV

Yesterday, on the tenth day of the seventh month called Tishrei, Israel celebrated that mysterious moment . . . Yom Kippur.

This day was set aside on Israel’s calendar as a day of forgiveness for the entire nation.  The High Priest would first prepare himself and then make his annual, solemn journey into the “Holy of Holies.”  This was a continuous cycle that expressed to this nation of “would be priests” that final and effectual forgiveness could never be accomplished with mere blood from bulls and rams. 

Something else must take place . . .  Someone else must intervene . . .

That something else was the coming of Messiah.  Jesus became the propitiation or mercy seat for Israel’s sins – and praise God – ours as well!

The blood of endless sacrifices are no longer required – for the perfect Lamb was slain!

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”  Revelation 13:8 NIV

Our God’s intent has always been – from the very beginning – to save!

– Dale

 
LOOKING FOR TRUTH? PDF Print

It’s possible that many “searchers” remain thoroughly confused because when they take a peek Christ’s way, all they can see is a Christianity awash with divergent views and disagreeable proponents.  Where does the truth lie?  Is there an ultimate divine truth that supersedes all other claims of authenticity?  This my friend, is an extremely worthwhile question – one that when answered, goes a long way to directing how we view our world!

If we, as Christians, hold to the fact that Scripture is our only truth – given by God – then we will welcome the spiritual surgery offered by the Holy Spirit to come and make any necessary improvements and changes within our hearts.  This operation, which may be (and probably will be) quite time consuming, begins to guide our very thoughts as we hide more of ourselves within that Word.

But, even though spiritual growth should be natural . . . interestingly it’s not.  Many are birthed into the kingdom and become too quickly wrapped up in tribal or worldly issues.  Stunted . . . twisted . . . untrained – are the very conditions which can cause the dilemma in “Christ-followers” spoken of at the beginning of this do-jigger.

So, for the kingdom’s sake, it behooves us to dive in deep, allowing the Word and not our feelings to guide our thoughts and actions.  It’s here in this surrendered place that we become the attractants for our Savior that He desires!

The needed operation can begin at this very moment.  With God wielding the scalpel, you will be blessed.

– Dale

 
OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT PDF Print

In the wake of numerous storms, earthquakes, forest fires, and even cool weather in September, one's thoughts can't help but run along eschatological lines.  Are these events and others harbingers of an end racing toward us at unalterable speed, or could they just be challenges that we all face to present an opportunity for the redeemed to shine in an otherwise dark world?  Maybe they’re both!

Depending on your world view you may see these events in a much different way than your neighbor.  From the Christian’s perspective, we believe (or perhaps most of us do) that history is progressing toward a predetermined end – orchestrated by its Creator.  This belief creates within our culture or body a passionate sense of urgency to accomplish the divine task given to us in scripture.  (Could it be that was a key purpose of the prophecy from the outset?)

Here we are faced with the question of the hour . . .  Why?  If God is all powerful, why do these devastating events take place?

But seeing the massive response of our Lord’s loving body – we don't have to look far for answers.  Our question begins to move from why, to what and how?
— What can we do?  How can we make a difference?

The world suddenly shifts from horror to holy.  Jesus, in a myriad of ways, begins to showoff!  Countless Christ-followers (just like you) bent on bringing a flood of relief hurry to the scene.

Why?  Because of love!

“They will know you are my disciples by your love.”  John13:34,35

No matter the ultimate reason . . .  This is our opportunity to impact this world for Christ!

– Dale

 
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