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Sunday, April 15 2018 00:00

“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!  Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in His ways!”  Psalm  119:1-3 (ESV)

Simply put this person does not exist.  Not in the sense that the Psalmist describes.  There is no one who is completely blameless.  Nor could any person at any time . . . keep all of our Lord’s testimonies – it simply wouldn’t be possible.  Where, in this sin-filled, self-absorbed, world could there exist the person who, “does no wrong, but always walks in His ways?”

There is no such person – save our Savior!

This is why when we meet those who strive with all their energy, who struggle to the point of exhaustion, who even strain beyond human reason, to live in this vein . . . they strike us as odd.  I have met a few of these oddballs, only a few.  Whose walk is marked with humility, whose life is laced with love, and who possess a quiet strength beyond themselves.

Perfect?  No!  But close.

These, near-walkers, these who carry with them Christ’s aroma, they all seem to hold something in common?  They love to lean.  They find their joy in leaning in, and leaning on.  Consistently straining to listen, to hear God’s voice – through prayer, through His word.  Always listening.  Then having received, these modern-day cross-bearers, simply do.  Leaning upon that divine command to be like Christ.

Perfect?  No!  But close.

May we strive, today . . . this very day . . . for this type of near perfection!

– Dale

Last Updated on Friday, April 13 2018 09:48
 
ARE YOU PARCHED? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 08 2018 00:00

Then he said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.'" Ezekiel 37:11 (ESV)

"And the well runs dry. 
It's one of the most common experiences in the spiritual life.  A practice that we have cherished, a habit that has deepened us and drawn us closer to God, a discipline that we perhaps have engaged in for years, no longer seems to work.  Gradually, over time or overnight with no warning, it's familiar contours turn foreign, dull, perhaps even painful.  Pondering the questions that lie at the bottom of a dry well offers a journey of its own.  What I know is this: to find the answers, we have to pay attention to the dryness.  This is a desert place.  As uncomfortable as it may be, there is no substitute for these desert places in the spiritual life.  They offer a wisdom that we cannot get any other way."  – Jan L. Richardson

From the dry dust God collects and connects mankind.  He intricately fashions and forms and then finally fills him with everything necessary for the journey.  If you are parched and parted from your passion – plead for the Creator's outpouring today!

We are looking for a Director for our Sunday Morning Bible Study ministry.  Please see Bro. Dale if you are interested or would like more info.

– Dale

 
THE WAY PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, March 25 2018 00:00

“Who has believed what he has heard from us?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  Isaiah 53:1-6 ESV

Why would it have to be this way?

Because we have turned – every one – to his own way.

Therefore we, who have gone astray, must be shown the holy way, the living way, by the only One who could traverse the sin-cleansing way!

– Dale

 
EASTER - LIFE HAS CHANGED PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 01 2018 00:00

If there is no death, then God’s got nothing to do on Easter.  But if there is a death, then Easter morning is a ferocious moment when life triumphs over death, and what God did on Easter for Jesus and for us is the most radical and important truth that any of us can know or believe.

Carlyle Marney, in one of his greatest sermons, says of Judas that the ultimate tragedy of his life was not his betrayal of Jesus but that he did not hold on until Sunday to see what God would do with his betrayal and despair.  What a tragedy that Judas wasn't at the tomb on Sunday to see that there is forgiveness even for his sin and relief even from his deep despair.  He then would have known that we are not on our own, not in this life alone.  He would have known what Mary was discovering, that there is One who is with us in death and in life.  – K. C. Ptomey

Life has changed, everything has become new!  This divine moment in time changes all time – Christ conquers the grave, destroys death’s grip . . . and in that "ferocious" moment, feasts upon fear itself – ending it's reign!

Our God makes a way where there is no way and invites us to join Him in life!

– Dale

Last Updated on Thursday, March 29 2018 15:47
 
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

 
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