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THE ART OF LOVING PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 18 2018 00:00

“The art of loving calls us to face up to whatever lies ahead, to face up to what is yet to come, to imagine how we will live in the face of what is not yet but will be, even and especially in the face of diminishment and death.  To risk face-to-face encounter with the other, to risk getting close enough to attend to the suffering, vulnerability, and pain we will see there and then to face up to what is yet to come in a shared future, is the dynamic of this art of loving.  To look at each other in theses ways involves more than just feeling the pain of the other and it prevents us from the knee-jerk reaction of offering shallow reassurances of improved well-being, and then going our way unchanged by the encounter.  By looking long and lovingly into the face of suffering, we might learn to really see by a love that knows how to really look.”  – Michael Downey

Looking long and deep we see beyond the surface, beyond the facades worn out of distrust and see – perhaps for the first time – the true self of the sufferer.  This persistent love is a holy art practiced only by those who are indwelt and changed by the Creator of this type of compassionate love!

Bear one another’s burdens armed with this limitless love!

– Dale

 
NO GREATER LOVE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 11 2018 00:00

“‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John15:13).  With these words Jesus adds specificity to the commandment that His disciples should love one another as He has love them (John 15:12).  Soon this specificity will become disturbingly concrete as Jesus lays down His life on the menacing altar of His enemies, entering the unfathomable agony of physical torture and spiritual abandonment.  His ascent to Golgotha and descent into hell are culminating events in a life given wholly to the art of loving.”  – John S. Mogabgab

Jesus’s love for humanity is expressed in reality as He physically suffers at the hands of His executioners.  Bleeding in the dirt and dust as He strains toward His final piercing horror – He blazes a trail that all who would love Him must follow.

Do you wish to follow? . . . Then you must die.

Do you seek His love? . . . Then you must take up your cross.

Do you desire His presence? . . .  Then you must follow Him.

There is no other way!

– Dale

 
PREPARE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 25 2018 00:00

Preparation Prayer for Resurrection Sunday:

“Here, O God, I pray for a realization of my condition in Your eyes.  Help me to see and know myself as You see and know me.  Give me clear insight into my relationship with You.  Let me know myself as You know me.  Give me assurance that I belong to You.  Remove from me those nagging doubts and needless fears that I may not be good enough to be numbered with the great company of heaven.  On the other hand, if I am living in separation from You, if I am more of a creature of evil than a child of God, O Great Physician, use Your convicting scalpel on me.  Perform within me the surgery necessary to heal me of all soul-sickness.  Christ, I abandon myself to You.  Do with me every necessary thing to assure my entrance into eternal life – and the heaven already prepared for me.”        – Norman Shawchuck

May we bathe one another in prayer as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection!  Jesus Christ our Savior gave Himself for each of us . . . may we reciprocate – giving ourselves completely to Him!

– Dale

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KNOWN BY GOD PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 04 2018 00:00

“We are known by God:
Wholly, deeply.
God knows the best of us, the worst of us, the very parts we do not even understand about ourselves.  And in Jesus Christ, we learn to know and trust that such knowledge aims not at our undoing but our renewing, not at our condemnation but our restoration.  Set aside all fears of a God who waits to catch your every misstep.  Rest in the knowledge and grace of a God who seeks you for your good.”  — John Indermark

God desires good for you!  You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  You are uniquely made as well.  There will never be another you!  God did this because He seems to love variety, yes!  But also for the fact that being made differently we are each used differently.

My prayer is that you would allow the God that knows you intimately and has washed you throughly, to use you willingly for His glory!

God Bless You!
– Dale

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MINISTRY PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 18 2018 00:00

“Ministry is service in the name of the Lord.”  – Nouwen

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke 4:18,19

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the spirit in us; it is going out to the desert or up to the mountains to pray; it is standing before the Lord with open heart and open mind; it is crying out, ‘Abba, Father’; it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”             – Nouwen

To accomplish one we must have the other.  In order to serve we must be saturated.  We reach, we strain, we seek to serve, we claim, because we’ve knelt in the presence of the Holy Divine! 

May the Spirit of our Lord be heavy upon you as you pour yourself out in His service!

– Dale

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10:45 a.m.

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6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Come join us Wednesday evenings as we open the Word of God and discover the treasure inside.   We will worship, pray and study from 6:00-7:00 p.m. each Wednesday in the Comite cafeteria.  Bring a friend!   (There are youth and children’s activities also.)

 

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