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What if I say something that you find objectionable?  What would you do?  How would you react?

There are, after all, many options open to you.  You could take an opposing view, presumably your own, and rail against my stated belief.  Or you could simply dismiss me offhand and consider my views unworthy of response – ignoring my very nuanced arguments. 

These reactions are only a couple among many.  Jesus’ opponents however, were much more serious – deadly serious! 

Our Lord’s disdain for man’s  tradition over His Father’s commandments led Him into numerous sticky altercations with the religious leaders.  His words and actions brought various reactions from the crowds – but interestingly, those run-ins never slowed His pace.  He continued in the face of opposition – and this is really what this blurb is all about. . . continuing!

Having convictions leads to definite action.  Taking definite action inevitably leads to conflict.  How will those conflicts be handled?  Violently?  Capitulation?  Ostrich-ization?  (Yes that’s right – sticking your head in the sand then pretending nothing’s happening).

I suppose all these options and more have been counted as viable reactions among true believers in the past who’ve held to any firm conviction.  But, and this is most important, what will you do?  How will you react?

Curious?

Jesus says:
“So everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 10:32-33 ESV

– Dale

 
BE CAREFUL OF THE DRIFT PDF Print

The gospel always rises up to outlive it’s pallbearers! – Ravi Zechariah

The demise of Christianity is the desire of our enemy – and he will solicit any and all assistance for this demonic purpose.  No doubt the dilution of sincere faith into a “sightseer” faith, is one of his most effective accomplishments – creating generations who identify with a faith that they barely know and rarely acknowledge.  This vague belief becomes the expected norm, leading adherents to accept an ever increasing conceptual idea of a God and faith that doesn’t actually exist.

This quasi-faith becomes accepted and expected by the culture at large, leaving those who sincerely practice their beliefs appearing as oddities to the rest!

This drift, of course, is a form of persuasion – ostracizing those who refuse to capitulate.

I am in full agreement with King Solomon here, as he writes, “there's nothing new under the sun...”  God’s way always has enemies and God always has those with quickened hearts ready to brace the storm.

So the question du jour for you is this... Are you a dilutor or a saluter?

Is God your first and foremost pursuit, or one among many?  Hmmm?

Teach us Your way, O Lord!

– Dale

 
JOYFUL NONSENSE PDF Print

Joyful Nonsense:

Fully immersed in this world, Christians belong to no world.  Instead, while teased by each hope and every vision, they know them to be only hints of the new heaven and new earth rooted in divine promises.  And our yearning to become lost in God only intensifies our tears over the thought of leaving this life.  Christian existence is joyful nonsense.

In a culture of self-realization, the Christian’s call is to renounce self; in the face of noise, silence is the preference; in a world of competition, the Christian’s declaration is that the winners will be the losers and the losers winners; in a culture whose economy is intent on consumption, the Christian insists on simplicity; in a culture structured by possessions, the insistence is upon detachment; in a culture intent on a high standard of living, the Christian insists upon a high standard of life; and at every point, the Christian exposes the emptiness of fullness for the sake of the gospel’s fullness of emptiness.
– W.P.J.

Powerful words, intense when taken to heart.  Thought I might share them with you.

Be Blessed,
– Dale

 
CULL & REFOCUS PDF Print

Interesting times, these days of ours!  Confusion is more likely the word du jour as our society struggles with the redefining of all things sacred.  One wonders as we wander, how did the seemingly straightforward, safe, path ever lead to this land of bewilderment?  Here’s one possibility:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to Me.  And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”  Hosea 4:6 (ESV)

Harsh!  However, spot on!  Ignorance breeds contempt, leading to arrogance, making one impervious to error.  Being warm, well fed, and relatively secure, we have by-in-large become much too busy and important for God; therefore we have dismissed Him – covertly of course! ... Hmmm?

Ok, for the sake of brevity... what do we do to change the environment?

Short answer... cull.  Most need (yes, need) to begin a culling in their lives.  Removing distractions that have diminished devotion.  Cull and refocus.

Life doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Recommitting to the deep can draw others along, “deep calls to deep.”  It begins with personal decisions and choices – new directions that create their own current, drawing others in their wake.

Perhaps your devotion will give another the notion that they are missing something vital to their survival.  Who knows?  You may be the catalyst that brings divine change to your community!

– Dale

 
BE THE WORD PDF Print

We need not wonder about the cost of ministry.  We need only look upon the cross with Jesus suspended there – and there we see the enormous cost of the ministry that is offered in the life and death of Jesus. 

The cost is great, but in the work of introducing men and women to Jesus and offering God’s love to them, the cost must be accepted.  For it is our own self-emptying and compassion for others that permits them to see Jesus.  And seeing Jesus they will also desire God’s love.

It is in our living a way of love and compassion that others may be convinced to look at the cross of Jesus and also say, “Truly this is the Son of God.”
– N.S.

So our lives become the spear thrust into the flesh of life upon life surrounding us ... awakening slumbering hearts with minds surrendered to Christ.  Our very breath becomes God’s message to His cherished world.

Be the word in this world hungering for God’s Truth!

– Dale

 
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