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THE GREATEST JOURNEY PDF Print

Our journey toward abundant living is like walking a spiritual labyrinth repeatedly, from an ever deepening inner space.  We walk toward the center to be transformed by God’s love; then we walk outward to transform our small space in the world by reflecting God’s love.  There is no intention to trick us or get us lost along the journey. But there is mystery.  Always mystery.  And awe.  – M. Oden

Walking with Christ becomes the single greatest journey of existence – if we seek! People search with such voracity that “adrenaline charged moment” but fail to realize the vapid result compared to immersion within the divine!

Roller coasters are for punks!  Walk with Jesus . . . everywhere!

– Dale

 
JESUS' MODEL PDF Print

Jesus’ journey is in some sense a model for each of His followers, although each will experience the particular pattern of the journey in a different way. 

We have glimpses of that pattern for the twelve disciples who began their journey by accepting Jesus’ call to follow Him.  Along with many days of wearing travel, punctuated by ridicule and rejection from some, came stunning moments of revelation and wonder: impossible healings, the miraculous feeding of the multitudes, the calming of a sudden storm on the lake.  The disciples learned only gradually and imperfectly who Jesus was.

Whatever certainties they had about Him were thrown into crisis at their last Passover supper and in the devastation of the crucifixion.  Yet beyond this came experiences of the risen Savior. 

One powerful story is of two little-known disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Here these dejected men discover the risen Christ as companion and teacher on their path of confusion and sorrow.  The completely new orientation to life and meaning that these men received remains a powerful promise for our own experience of life in faith. – R. P. Job


May we breathe in all that our Lord has for each of us to discover this very day!

– Dale

 
ALL OF ME PDF Print

“. . . This day is holy to God.  Don’t feel bad.  The joy of GOD is your strength!”  Nehemiah 8:10  MSG 

Sometimes the way is more than hard to find; it seems impassable. Today many seekers are encountering impasses in their personal life . . . Overtaken by old inner wounds, recently gnarled relationships, unexpectedly unstable finances, they have come to the end of the tether, stumbled into the heart of darkness.

But, God loves me – all of me.  Not only my good side but also the bad as well.  He sent Christ to save the world because He loves it – all of it – and I will be saved, all of me because God loves the whole world and God loves all of me.  What a wonderful gift!

J.C. & N.S.

– Dale

 
THANK YOU PDF Print

To the Soldier:

“From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains:”  1 Chronicles 12:8 ESV

There dwells among us, in every generation to this very day, mighty men of valor who are ready – when called upon – to fill the breach.  They raise their shield, they lift their spear, and stand fast against whatever foe may dare advance.

To those who stand and have stood upon the mountain – we thank you!  You are ours, and we are yours!

To the Senior:

First, say thank you to the solider!  For in this country the solider guards your right to pursue even that which he or she might find offensive.

Then, listen with your heart!

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,”  2 Peter 1:5 ESV

Virtue is required before knowledge.  All that you become must be directed by that which is holy and excellent.  For knowledge that is tethered to the Creator is truly free.

May God guide your steps, as you smell the rose and change the world!

– Dale

 
PASSIONATE PDF Print

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians1:18

Have you ever witnessed kiddos trying to slurp up the last bit of a delicious drink?  With a straw?  They’re passionate about it . . . that gurgling sound is unmistakable, isn’t it?  They want every sugar-infested drop.

Recently at a ball game I observed . . . heard . . . experienced, parents that were not happy with a call by the umpire.  Wow!  Life or death decisions fits T-ball to a tee!  We can become passionate about the most curious things – from sugar-filled drops to a game where the players themselves hardly even care that they’re there!

Here’s the thing . . . (and you knew there would be one).  Most Christians I know are just the opposite.  They can take it or leave it.  They can take or leave an opportunity to grow, or an opportunity to be strengthened, or an opportunity to invest themselves more fanatically.  Unless there’s conflict or casserole (either seems to bring out the Baptists) they would just as soon not be bothered with it.  Keep it peppy . . . Keep it brief . . . and keep it predictable . . . so we can keep on with our day!  Hey that sounds like a winning formula.

Just one little observation.  (I genuinely hesitate to mention it.)  Jesus . . . God the Son, truly seems to be the antithesis of every thing I just mentioned.
• He is all in because it's all Him.
• He doesn’t slurp the lukewarm liquid, He vomits it right back out.

I know it’s hardly worth mentioning, carry on!

– Dale

 
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