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GOD-EXPLORERS NEEDED PDF Print

The problem we often have with our faith is that we don’t take it out and play with it enough.  Play may not be the optimal word here, but you get the point.  All too frequently, we believers are content to stay within the box we were born in.

Being born-again causes us to receive unimaginable gifts from our Heavenly Father.  I wonder how often they go unrecognized? . . . The gift of life, the gift of love, the gift of His peace that trumps any anxious moment . . . assurance is another of those priceless gifts given by the Divine – the knowledge that He will always be present in our lives.  These and so much more!

Sadly, many who are reborn never fully explore these treasures beyond their surface value . . . being completely unaware of what awaits them.  If only we were willing to scratch the surface just a bit.  Most of us are reborn within certain traditions.  But we must not allow those traditions to be our only spade.  With one turn of the heart, we could allow the Divine teacher to ignite a holy hunger within us that only He could satiate.

Jesus seeks spelunkers.

He desires excavators.

Deep divers are desperately needed (because it’s in the depths that real change takes place).

May we today be found innocent of the sin of superficiality and become God-explorers.  After all that’s what we were born for!

“Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalms 119:104-105 ESV

– Dale

 
GOD CAME AS A BABY PDF Print

“God came as a baby, giving and entrusting Himself to me.  He expects my personal life to be a ‘Bethlehem.’  Am I allowing my natural life to be slowly transformed by the indwelling life of the Son of God?  God’s ultimate purpose is that His Son might be exhibited in me.”  – Oswald Chambers

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”  Luke 2:7 KJV

A lot is made over a crowded Bethlehem – chances are good that Mary and Joseph were not the only ones turned away from the swollen village that night.  Augustus added to the economy of this small hamlet as those from the house and lineage of David made their way through to be taxed and tallied.

Why then?  Bethlehem was necessary for prophecies sake – but why the meager accommodations?  Could it be that the stable, or insular, or cave where Jesus was born was meant to convey a message as well?

Perhaps the message is this . . . I have come for all!

No one is left out – there are no cracks you can fall through.  Great or small, all are welcome to “come unto Me.” 

The world may rank people.  Jesus saves them!

– Dale

 
JOY TO THE WORLD PDF Print

As the Christian author, Max Lucado, writes, “there’s one thing very clear about the night Jesus was born . . . it was ordinary.”  The sights and sounds and smells hovering over and around Bethlehem were the same as countless other nights before.

But God had something extra in store for this night – an act that was actually quite unimaginable . . .

It involved shepherds and sheep, along with angels and anthems.  In the course of this particular night a mother, a very young mother, would give birth to her first born Son . . . and Heaven would mix it up with Earth!

With a push, everything changed.  With one Baby’s single cry . . . all of Heaven held its breath.

Que galactic joy!

Can you imagine?

Joy must have shot at quantum speed in every direction divinely possible!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 ESV

And all of heaven’s angelic host crowded in to see such a thing . . . God, in the arms and at the breast of His own creation!

Is that not Love?!

Joy to the world, our Lord has come!

– Dale

 
CHRISTMAS MEMORY PDF Print

There’s much about this season that goes beyond the corporeal, the material, the tangible.  Different sights, sounds or even smells drag us into moments we thought were long-lost forever.  Some of these winks in time are precious and we don’t want to see them disappear.  Others are aberrations – an invasion of our peace – and it would be fine with us if we never, ever thought of them again.

Being human though, they come upon us at their own pace.  All of this led me once again to this particular thought . . . 

What of Mary?

Mary at the cross?

In that moment of excruciating pain – both physical and emotional – what memories must have come gushing forth!

All the encounters, all the divine signs, all that happened just as God said it would must have led her to believe that this day would never come.  Imagine the Christmas ghosts she encountered?

But!  God’s Word is sure, and will always be accomplished!

It’s not a ghost of the past that she encounters days later – but her son . . . God the Son.  Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a woman to lead humanity to the Father!

Now that’s a Christmas memory!

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Luke 1:31–33  ESV

– Dale

 
HOPE PDF Print

“As He drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.  And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.  They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’”  Luke 18:35-37 ESV

A beautiful moment of hope . . . a blind man, sitting as he always sits, seeking the help of those passing by the busy thoroughfare.  A day like any other, except this day –  Jesus comes by.  This day he doesn’t cry out for alms but for a taste of the healing that he’s heard so much about.

“And he cried out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’”  Luke 18:38 ESV

A cry of desperation, a cry of hope . . . that this day would end like no other day had before – with sight!

“‘What do you want Me to do for you?’  He said, ‘Lord, let me recover my sight.’  And Jesus said to him, ‘Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.’  And immediately he recovered his sight and followed Him, glorifying God.  And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.”  Luke 18:41-43 ESV

This encounter between our Lord and hopelessness, clearly teaches us that what is impossible with man is a moment of healing with God.

Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness!

He is our rock of hope!

– Dale

 
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