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Sunday, October 07 2018 00:00

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

Last Updated on Monday, October 08 2018 13:34
 
SO MANY QUESTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 30 2018 00:00

“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

 
FORGIVENESS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 16 2018 00:00

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”  Matthew 18:21-22 ESV

Have you forgotten about forgiveness?  It seems as though much of our world has!  Too many are holding on to past hurts like they are a badge of honor (isn’t that counter productive not to mention self-destructive?). 
And when did forgiveness become a group thing?  Maybe I’m off kilter, but we sin as individuals, we repent as individuals and we seek forgiveness as individuals.  You cannot lump a group together – no matter how homogeneous they may appear on the outside –  and demand some form of group-speak act of attrition!  I don't believe our faith operates that way!

So, here’s the thing . . . if you’ve wronged someone, then it’s your responsibility to seek forgiveness.  If you’ve been wronged by an individual and forgiveness is sought, then it’s your responsibility to forgive!

Forgiveness is an up-close, intensely personal, spiritual act that demands forethought and passion!  And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

I welcome your comments if you have more to add.

– Dale

 
RESTITUTION PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 23 2018 00:00

How does one find restitution?

We cannot in our own strength, or ability, restore a brokenness that we barely perceive.  The gaping holes and jagged wounds are precipitated by undiscovered fractures causing irrevocable erosion within our souls.

We do not see . . . therefore we do not act!

Our God though, is The Master of His craft.  Thus He knows, and has a perfect solution for being made wonderfully whole.  An action, accomplished by “A Person” that no one else could possibly perform.

Jesus!

Jesus, in His love, came to us, for us . . . snatching the hammer of destruction from the hands of the destroyer.  In His finished work upon our cross – which He made His cross – He provides a way for each of us to be fully restored!

Did you hear what I said?  “Fully Restored!”

Cleansed and remade.  We then become throughly filled with His divine peace.  Thank you Father! 

Today we abandon every false way . . . for You!

– Dale

Last Updated on Monday, September 24 2018 12:54
 
LET THERE BE! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 09 2018 00:00

In Genesis one, the Divine – described as the “Spirit of God”–  hovers or broods over the deep.

Interesting, that this action is here described for us just before the first words of creation are spoken?  Could this brooding be an act of contemplation?  If so, just imagine the depths plummeted?

This of course is “human-speak” which feebly attempts to describe the indescribable!  How can the actions of a limitless Creator – that are beyond our scope of understanding – be appropriately translated?

But in a moment of time God speaks, the brooding becomes voiced and He does what only He can do - He creates!

“Let there be light!”

Let there . . . “Be!”

Suddenly creation emerges from this Holy, unimaginable, Spirit – and we become!  Day one leads to today, and we are here because God chose to speak!

– Dale

 
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