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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


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


“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


“Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.”  1 Corinthians 15:12-15 ESV

Paul is building an argument here, so please forgive me for interrupting him in the midst of his most salient point...  But I wanted us to mull-over this thought of “misrepresenting God.”

Have you considered, dear friend, that we (Christians, believers in Christ, blood-bought individuals) are billboards for Christ?  His life, love, compassion, and even righteousness, are expressed within all that we think, say, and do!

We represent the Savior and King!

So... are you effective signage for your Lord?

Is there a passion each day for you to present Jesus in the best possible light?

It may be a familiar adage, but it’s true – “that you may be the only Jesus that some people ever see.”  So, SHINE! ... And remember that most fixed signs sooner or later become invisible.  I highly recommend regular new growth!


– Dale


In Ronald Reagan’s famous inaugural address as California’s 33rd governor, he warned: “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

That’s certainly true, and I’m sure it was a powerful speech delivered in an exquisite manner by a wonderful orator.  But I’ve been hearing that phrase repeated in one form or another in regards to Christianity for as long as I can remember...

That Christianity is only one generation away from extinction...

That certainly is not true!

Yes, it’s correct that our task is to share the gospel.  To be more precise we are charged with the responsibility of “making” disciples.  Not merely share, but to labor in the formation of a believer who is capable of going out into our culture and then duplicate the process — proclaiming Jesus’ victory over death and the grave.

But the crucial fact of the matter is that God chooses to use us!  He does not have to use us in order to accomplish His overarching will.  We are His!  He is not ours – in the sense that we control any of the activity whatsoever!

Make no mistake this is God’s creation, His future – and His predetermined plan will unfold as He sees fit.  However, please note, we can be blessed by being an obedient part of His process or we can be cursed simply by ignoring His demands.

Your present generation needs laborers in the field right now...

Which will it be for you?

– Dale

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