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Are You Among the Living? PDF Print

Are you alive?  Are you sure?  Sounds like a strange question, doesn’t it?  Of course you’re alive, you’re reading this, aren’t you?  John records an interesting statement made by our Lord to the first century church meeting in the city of  Sardis.  He states, “You have a reputation for being alive, but you’re dead.”  That’s different.  How do you have a reputation for being alive when you’re not?  Of course Jesus is not speaking regarding their earthly bodies or their physical condition but rather of their spiritual condition – of which at the time of this letter was very bleak.

 

So, you can be alive without living because you’re really dead, but not actually dead because you’re  alive but not living as you should.  Got it?  However, the question is, “Is this condition terminal?”  Not according to Jesus.  In this same letter our Lord offers them a way to come back to life.  He says, “Remember what you have received and heard.”  After having their memory jogged He commands them to obey these teachings (always a big jump from knowing to doing!).  So they were to remember, obey, but also repent.  Repent of what?  Their deadness!  Do these things He says to Sardis and you’ll wake up.  Do them not and you’ll remain dead, and if you’re dead when you die you’re in “grave” danger!  Please listen.  You can have all the religious activity that can possibly be crammed into your time here on earth but if you’re dead that won’t matter.

 

So, the question is worth repeating,  Are you alive? . . . Are you sure?

 

–Dale

 
Are You Among the Living? PDF Print

Are you alive?  Are you sure?  Sounds like a strange question, doesn’t it?  Of course you’re alive, you’re reading this, aren’t you?  John records an interesting statement made by our Lord to the first century church meeting in the city of  Sardis.  He states, “You have a reputation for being alive, but you’re dead.”  That’s different.  How do you have a reputation for being alive when you’re not?  Of course Jesus is not speaking regarding their earthly bodies or their physical condition but rather of their spiritual condition – of which at the time of this letter was very bleak.

 

So, you can be alive without living because you’re really dead, but not actually dead because you’re  alive but not living as you should.  Got it?  However, the question is, “Is this condition terminal?”  Not according to Jesus.  In this same letter our Lord offers them a way to come back to life.  He says, “Remember what you have received and heard.”  After having their memory jogged He commands them to obey these teachings (always a big jump from knowing to doing!).  So they were to remember, obey, but also repent.  Repent of what?  Their deadness!  Do these things He says to Sardis and you’ll wake up.  Do them not and you’ll remain dead, and if you’re dead when you die you’re in “grave” danger!  Please listen.  You can have all the religious activity that can possibly be crammed into your time here on earth but if you’re dead that won’t matter.

 

So, the question is worth repeating,  Are you alive? . . . Are you sure?

 

–Dale

 
The Practice of Adding More PDF Print

For most of my faith journey I simply ignored the strange custom referred to as “Lent” observed by some “other” Christian denominations.  I mean, lent is something you clean out of your dryer after you’ve done a load of towels – right?  If “ignorance is bliss,” I was one happy camper.

 

Somewhere along the way I had an epiphany, a realization that my God had so much more for me to experience in my walk with Him.  Maybe you’ve had something similar happen to you as well?  In my case, this began when I became serious about discovering ways to  choke out much of the competing noise in my life.  This determined effort, I believe, enabled me to hear the Spirit’s prompting more clearly.  I share this so that you can possibly understand why it became so important for me to spend much time in preparation for Resurrection Sunday.  If we desire a deeper, more robust faith, then it stands to reason that something more must be added, right?

 

Let me suggest to you that  this preparation time before Easter is a time for you to do just that – add more to your life.  Now I know what your thinking, “Why would I want to add more to an already overwhelming paced life?”  Please trust me when I say that through the practice of adding “more” you will begin to find a peace that often eludes even though we are filled with God.  Here’s what I mean by more; more time alone with your Savior (this must be with purpose).  More time unplugged from this world’s noise.  More time spent in sincere searching rather than just sightseeing.

 

Resurrection Sunday is a real event.  Christ lived!  He died on a real cross and was placed in a real tomb.  All this, so that the real consequences of sin could be destroyed for you and me when He rose from the grave.  Why would we not want to mark this celebration with a change of routine?  Why would we not want a daily reminder of our undeserved gift?  Add to your spirit’s strength through sacrifice!  Take in more of what God has to offer.  Be careful though, the practice of adding more, may just well leave you

wanting . . . more!

 

–Dale

 
The Practice of Adding More PDF Print

For most of my faith journey I simply ignored the strange custom referred to as “Lent” observed by some “other” Christian denominations.  I mean, lent is something you clean out of your dryer after you’ve done a load of towels – right?  If “ignorance is bliss,” I was one happy camper.

 

Somewhere along the way I had an epiphany, a realization that my God had so much more for me to experience in my walk with Him.  Maybe you’ve had something similar happen to you as well?  In my case, this began when I became serious about discovering ways to  choke out much of the competing noise in my life.  This determined effort, I believe, enabled me to hear the Spirit’s prompting more clearly.  I share this so that you can possibly understand why it became so important for me to spend much time in preparation for Resurrection Sunday.  If we desire a deeper, more robust faith, then it stands to reason that something more must be added, right?

 

Let me suggest to you that  this preparation time before Easter is a time for you to do just that – add more to your life.  Now I know what your thinking, “Why would I want to add more to an already overwhelming paced life?”  Please trust me when I say that through the practice of adding “more” you will begin to find a peace that often eludes even though we are filled with God.  Here’s what I mean by more; more time alone with your Savior (this must be with purpose).  More time unplugged from this world’s noise.  More time spent in sincere searching rather than just sightseeing.

 

Resurrection Sunday is a real event.  Christ lived!  He died on a real cross and was placed in a real tomb.  All this, so that the real consequences of sin could be destroyed for you and me when He rose from the grave.  Why would we not want to mark this celebration with a change of routine?  Why would we not want a daily reminder of our undeserved gift?  Add to your spirit’s strength through sacrifice!  Take in more of what God has to offer.  Be careful though, the practice of adding more, may just well leave you

wanting . . . more!

 

–Dale

 
Thanks PDF Print

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints. . . .”  The Apostle Paul expresses this beautiful sentiment to the “set apart” and “faithful” brothers in the church at Colosse because they were truly living their lives in the power of their God who had consumed them.

 

Within many believers a miraculous change takes place at the moment of salvation – they are filled with a sense that their God desires to use them within His kingdom building project.  Using their new gifts and existing talents and just good old-fashioned sweat, they labor because it fills their heart with joy to do so!

 

It’s never been just an isolated event.  It happens today over and over again.  Christians work, labor, pour themselves out because to do less is to stop living.  They would explode trying to contain all that God has called them to do.  They do this not for worldly riches or earthly accolades or even a pat on the back – they do it for loves sake!

 

Paul’s thanksgiving was heavenward, and so is mine.  Today I thank my God for all those who labor in His name here within this body of believers at Comite.  For your expressed love, for your acts of compassion, for your good old sweat – I thank God!  This body lives and breathes and the book of Acts continues to be written as right here, followers follow their Lord’s leading.

 

God Bless Your Service,

— Dale

 
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