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CHANGED? PDF Print

Author Michale Horton wrote a book some years back that describes a Christless Christianity.  In this description he explores a religion in America that has become more therapeutic and salubrious rather than convicting or soul-changing.  Curative for the flesh perhaps (and that’s not a small thing) – but dangerous for the soul if that goal becomes the end game.

In our consumer-crazed society the church has found success in jettisoning the cross while embracing any “feel-good” system that will manufacture excitement, fill pews, and sellout arenas.  After all, Christianity is big business in our culture – with huge purchasing power.

Ok.  Point?

According to a recent Barna poll, 78% of evangelicals questioned agreed with the statement, that Jesus was the first, most majestic being, created by God!  If that’s not horrifying – then I’ve done a poor job!

We seem to be . . . perhaps, using an incorrect system of measurement for growth.  A Christless Christianity is an oxymoron!

I do sincerely hope you feel good today – and that we as a church helped with that feeling.  But more, I pray, through God the Holy Spirit, that you are forever changed today – whatever that takes!!!

“And He said to all, ‘If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’”  Luke 9:23 ESV

Be like God The Son, Jesus!

– Dale

 
BLESSING OTHERS PDF Print

First, I would like to say thank you, Comite, for the wonderful out-pouring of generosity exhibited in your giving!  The items we collected will be a tremendous blessing for those who have lost almost everything.

All the supplies and the love offering collected were delivered this past Monday to a church who has been working hard in the community from the very moment the winds died down – West Pittman Baptist Church (Westville, FL).

They were overwhelmed by your willingness to give!  As your pastor, I was so very proud and blessed to be a part of this God-moment!

“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9  NLT

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  Acts of the Apostles 20:35  NLT

So, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, may I impose upon you just a bit further?  We can do more! 

This morning, consider how God can use you and the blessings He has given you to help these in need!  Pray!  Give of your time, your goods, and your offering.  Perhaps God has laid it upon your heart to go and help – let us know.  We will be returning soon, and hopefully staying for several days, so if you can help, what a gift of love that will be!

Blessing those who have blessed us so much . . . what a wonderful way to serve our Lord!

– Dale

 
ON THAT DAY PDF Print

“‘On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”   Malachi 4:3

The promise within this teaching is just this:  wickedness will not endure.  Those who oppose holiness and righteousness – who oppose God Himself – will discover that the end will be sudden and abrupt.

There is a symmetry contained here within this teaching.  The believer of this prophecy is promised that they will tread upon the wicked as dust and in a sense this means that all wickedness – unrighteous acts – will be tread underfoot as well.  There will come a day that when one breathes, they breathe holiness!

May I suggest that the proper definition of holiness is . . . “You!”  More precisely, you filled with God’s Divine presence.  You become Holy, you “be holy” when your heart is suddenly and violently occupied by the Spirit of God.  In this moment you become God’s excavator – treading down wickedness in your path as if it were dust beneath you feet.

“On that day . . .” you become God’s cry to the world – and if you’ve noticed, the world desperately needs to hear your voice.

– Dale

 
TEACH ME YOUR WAY PDF Print

The psalmist says,

“teach me Your way O Lord...”

But is that what we actually desire?

His request may not be ours at all?

His way requires a longing to know... and a willingness to trudge.

I picture a determined traveler with machete in hand – willing to hack his/her way through the jungle for the sole reason of being closer to God.  Obstacles matter very little to the determined follower. They, like the psalmist, move forward no matter how dense and tangled the way becomes.

His request is likely not ours because we have grown accustomed to the instantaneous and the immediate.  We’ve bought into quick fixes bringing rapid changes and glowing results with minimal effort.  “Teach me Your way,” has been replaced with, “show me the destination” and I'll figure it out.

We must understand, however, that “becoming” cannot be made easy – it must always require whittling away the unnecessary and unfit.  It’s only after much instruction can we be taught where to actually begin.

If you think you’ve arrived – you’ve only just begun!

Do you truly desire to know the way... His way?

– Dale

 
SO MANY QUESTIONS PDF Print

“Am I not as free as anyone else?  Am I not an apostle?  Haven’t I seen Jesus our Lord with my own eyes?  Isn’t it because of my work that you belong to the Lord?  Don’t we have the right to live in your homes and share your meals?  Don’t we have the right to bring a believing wife with us as the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers do, and as Peter does?  6. Or is it only Barnabas and I who have to work to support ourselves?”  1 Corinthians 9:1, 4-6 (NLT)

So many questions!

Do you think Paul is having an identity crisis?

No probably not, but the questions he’s asking do seem to go deeper than just a rhetorical set up.  Paul is grappling . . . with the same queries that each of us face from time to time.

What about me? . . . . Why am I struggling in this way or that?

Here’s the only answer I have for us in this moment . . . we’re not all spotted owls or striped cows.

Think about it!

– Dale

 
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