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Have you ever read a particular passage of scripture and say to yourself, “Hey that’s pretty good advice.  I know some people who could certainly use it.” Be honest!  We get off track when we begin to think of scripture as an advice column, words that we can pick and chose whether to accept and apply or not.  Scriptures, generally speaking, do not dole out advice but rather they perform spiritual surgery on our lives – changing us from within.  That’s right!  Under the direction of God the Holy Spirit as our understanding of scriptures grow they begin to initiate a Christlike change in our lives.


So, when the Apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances . . .” He’s not just trying to give them a pep talk but is sharing with them the very will of God.  These actions become who they are to be and yes, who we are to be as well.  Joy . . . Prayer . . . Thanksgiving – from salvation forward become marks that brand an individual as a Christ follower.  Question is, do we bear these distinguishing marks in our lives?  These words were not just meant for first century Christians; nor are they part of an early Greek advice column.  God the Holy Spirit wishes to take them and plant them deep within you and make them words to live by!


Be thankful always that our Lord doesn’t just leave us like He found us!


Happy Thanksgiving!

– Dale

Trusting God PDF Print

“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion . . . May He give you all the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests . . . Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”


Trusting God when all is well requires little effort.  Having confidence when your very existence is in question is something altogether different.  The early settlers gave thanks in the shadow of an ever expanding graveyard.  They spoke words of trust with much evidence to the contrary.  Can we match that faith?  In a time when faith is challenged on every front can we resist the lure to fit within the world’s system of acceptability?  Trusting God becomes more than words for some, it becomes the very essence of their life!


Give thanks to the Lord our God by trusting Him completely!


– Dale

A Servant's Heart PDF Print

Simply put a deacon is one who renders service.  He is a voluntary servant of our Lord’s body, the Church.  There is of course, no status associated with being one of these lowly ministers except that it is honorable to serve the Lord in this way.


We have one before us today who has heard our Church’s  plea and has felt our Lord’s leading to serve in the dust and help shoulder the burdens of this particular church family.


Randy is before you today as a Deacon candidate.


My first real experience in serving with Randy was with the Children of Comite.  Biddy basketball touched so many families within our community and they all loved Bro. Randy.  He took time to teach and encourage every child who entered our gym, personally.  Our brother seemed little bothered by all the extra time this took out of his own busy week – some things are just more important.  To this day Randy continues to work with our children in AWANA and is a blessing to our Youth Dept. assisting Brother Paul whenever he can.


Randy has a very special servant’s heart.  I’ve experienced it first hand and I know many of you have as well.  Please let our brother know that you will be praying for him as he ministers along side this present deacon body and labors faithfully within this wonderful church!



– Dale

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Whom Shall I Fear? PDF Print


“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? . . . One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.  For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.”


Who or what is your strength?  It’s clear from the Psalmist’s words that his foundation is his relationship with his God. He has discovered that his God is both his protector and his source of joy and he sings this song to praise the heavenly creator for both!


The “one thing” the psalmist asks for is, “to dwell in the house of the Lord.”  For him this is a desire to constantly remain in his Lord’s presence – being as close to God as he possibly can!  Why?  Because of the overwhelming joy he feels when his God is near and the peace that comes over him as he dwells in the Lord’s security.


When Jesus is your strength, you are perfectly protected.  Peace becomes the familiar feeling causing a joy not experienced by those not dwelled within.


Is Christ your foundation?  Can you sing along with this ancient song writer, praising God for His security?


If you feel the joy, express it . . . let the world hear your song!


– Dale

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