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The Fragrance of Your Life PDF Print

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians in the city of Ephesus, he spoke of Jesus being a “fragrant offering” to God.  Because of our Savior’s unquenchable love for mankind and His desire to surrender His life for our salvation – His sacrifice took on an odor that overwhelmed heaven itself.  Can you imagine how our senses will be assaulted by this indescribable fragrance as we enter the presence of God and literally take in the aroma of Christ?

Consider the fact that our sacrificial living can be a sweet smell to God as well.  If we dare imitate the life of Jesus and desire to live in obedience to His commands – our actions will become that fragrant offering.

Paul’s challenge to the early believers in Ephesus to be imitators of God holds just as true  for today’s followers.  So, live a life of love, and walk as children of the light, being wise in all you do, so that there may not be even be a hint of impurity within your heart – then watch as the sweet fragrance of your Christ-filled life begins to affect change in your world!

–Dale

 
Our Mysterious God PDF Print

God moves in mysterious ways.  I’m sure you’ve heard that old tried-and-true axiom. God actually moves as He sees fit and He, of course, sees everything perfectly.  The mystery comes from our limited vision.  After all, we only see in part – not the whole. (The older I get the fewer parts I seem to see!)  Actually, to see the “whole” would be overwhelming – praise God for limited vision!  That’s where trust comes in.  We trust God knowing that He knows all.  So, in the times that we believe everything in our world is spinning out of control we remind ourselves that God is in the midst of the vortex – nothing sneaks up on Him.  But God does more than just “now” He uses everything (large and small) to enact His will, to perform His purpose.

So before we belittle something that seems like a strange intrusion into our carefully planned lives – stop . . . take a breath . . . and consider how God might use this event to bring about His perfect will.  Pray, and ask God for clearer vision so that the purpose might be discovered within the challenge.  The unfolding of the Father’s will for your life is a journey that can be quite challenging and at times even painful, but that journey has the possibility of bringing about beautiful results if we’re willing to trust.  God knows how to create and His desire is to create a masterpiece out of you!

–Dale

 
Our Mysterious God PDF Print

OUR MYSTERIOUS GOD

God moves in mysterious ways.  I’m sure you’ve heard that old tried-and-true axiom. God actually moves as He sees fit and He, of course, sees everything perfectly.  The mystery comes from our limited vision.  After all, we only see in part – not the whole. (The older I get the fewer parts I seem to see!)  Actually, to see the “whole” would be overwhelming – praise God for limited vision!  That’s where trust comes in.  We trust God knowing that He knows all.  So, in the times that we believe everything in our world is spinning out of control we remind ourselves that God is in the midst of the vortex – nothing sneaks up on Him.  But God does more than just “now” He uses everything (large and small) to enact His will, to perform His purpose.

So before we belittle something that seems like a strange intrusion into our carefully planned lives – stop . . . take a breath . . . and consider how God might use this event to bring about His perfect will.  Pray, and ask God for clearer vision so that the purpose might be discovered within the challenge.  The unfolding of the Father’s will for your life is a journey that can be quite challenging and at times even painful, but that journey has the possibility of bringing about beautiful results if we’re willing to trust.  God knows how to create and His desire is to create a masterpiece out of you!

–Dale

 
You Doubt Me? PDF Print

I heard someone say the other day they were skeptical of skeptics.  To be a skeptic means that one leads with their doubt or lives in it.  Their attitude is tempered by doubt.  To be skeptical at times though is simply being a real person.  Doubt creeps in your faith walk, it happens, no matter how well you stand guard.  And to be honest that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  If your belief-system is stagnant, you may stop searching, which could severely stunt your growth as a Christian.  Doubting from time to time is real – embrace it and learn from the results of it.  After all, if John the Baptist could have doubts overtake him, then who’s safe from them?

Doubt often rears its ugly head when our lives start to come unraveled a bit.  Let’s face it, as long as we’re walking the primrose path we need not challenge any of our assumptions, right? But when life becomes a little uncertain – watch out – we start questioning  whether God’s  in full control or not.  Maybe we begin to think we need to take over.  Sad how it sometimes takes “hard knocks” to wake us up to the fact that we’re not in control of this whole thing.  God has a way of getting our attention, doesn’t He?  As they say, the best way to always remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

We forget God often, don’t we?  At times, we fail to remember that He always has more to give us, more to teach us.  My suggestion is to embrace your doubts, bring them to God and say here they are Lord, please help thou my unbelief.  You’re not going to overwhelm Him nor will you in any way anger Him. Instead you’ll find the understanding Spirit of the Maker that will enlighten and begin to change your life, for the better!

Teach us Your way O Lord,

–Dale

 
You Doubt Me? PDF Print

I heard someone say the other day they were skeptical of skeptics.  To be a skeptic means that one leads with their doubt or lives in it.  Their attitude is tempered by doubt.  To be skeptical at times though is simply being a real person.  Doubt creeps in your faith walk, it happens, no matter how well you stand guard.  And to be honest that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  If your belief-system is stagnant, you may stop searching, which could severely stunt your growth as a Christian.  Doubting from time to time is real – embrace it and learn from the results of it.  After all, if John the Baptist could have doubts overtake him, then who’s safe from them?

Doubt often rears its ugly head when our lives start to come unraveled a bit.  Let’s face it, as long as we’re walking the primrose path we need not challenge any of our assumptions, right? But when life becomes a little uncertain – watch out – we start questioning  whether God’s  in full control or not.  Maybe we begin to think we need to take over.  Sad how it sometimes takes “hard knocks” to wake us up to the fact that we’re not in control of this whole thing.  God has a way of getting our attention, doesn’t He?  As they say, the best way to always remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

We forget God often, don’t we?  At times, we fail to remember that He always has more to give us, more to teach us.  My suggestion is to embrace your doubts, bring them to God and say here they are Lord, please help thou my unbelief.  You’re not going to overwhelm Him nor will you in any way anger Him. Instead you’ll find the understanding Spirit of the Maker that will enlighten and begin to change your life, for the better!

Teach us Your way O Lord,

–Dale

 
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