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Sunday, September 02 2018 00:00

Compassion is an instigator.

It moves upon people in unexpected ways, leaving in its wake results that only exist outside the norm.

The world’s formula includes within it a driving desire to control and dominate.  To consume all the surrounding energy for self gratification. 

But compassion, invariably confuses that process.  It advances a completely selfless agenda – actually putting it’s recipients in the foreground. 

This is a perfect description of the world’s Savior, Jesus, and His divine love for humanity.  Selflessly He gave and gives all, so that His creation might experience Him in a way that enriches the spirit and enhances every aspect of their existence.  Through this inspired compassion a person sees more clearly the need within them and the need within a love-starved world for deep relationship.

This act of Holy aggression upon a person’s soul recreates, leaving the receiver forever changed!  Stepping into the day –  perception has been altered . . . suddenly the very chariots of God’s love are plain.

Drink the bitter cup of God’s compassion, “you” will be better for it!

– Dale

 
BE THE LIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 26 2018 00:00

God did not give you His light that you may hold it up in the middle of the day.

When you are given light it is in order to accomplish something, to do something difficult and novel.

When we understand that we are never alone but enfolded within God Himself – then we don't see the divinely inspired tasks as impossible or unrealistic.

We are challenged by God the Holy Spirit to take our light into the dark places and transform them – that they may also shine!

What’s preventing you?  Sadly for most, it’s the issues of convenience, comfort, contentment, and  complacency.

Here in the land of plenty it’s too peaceful to fight.  So sin is no longer crouching at the door – it’s sitting in our living rooms – at our invitation!

We must begin to be what we are . . . or come to grips with the fact that we are not.

Comite, may we lay aside our hesitancy and plunge into the dark places that are growing – even as we rest in false peace.

Be the light!

– Dale

 
ALWAYS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 05 2018 00:00

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ! Thessalonians 5:16–18

These three verses are all actually one thought expressed together in the closing verses of Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica.  Even though a very brief passage, we find it packed with difficulty due to it’s scope. 
If you care to take note, we as Christ-followers are taught to . . .

always rejoice,
always pray,
and always give thanks – in ALL circumstances.

Hmmm?  I’m not sure I know this person.  In fact the department that is perpetually swamped in any church is the complaint department!  Facebook can only dream of possessing the speed of the church gossip-vine with fake news.  It’s quick!

Paul, however, is only concerned with one truth – that there is a specific (will of God) for Christians and that “will” must supersede all other circumstances!

Now every generation of Christendom has discovered the difficulty this passage – so please don’t think you’re the first!  But understand this, if you wish to walk within His will you must obey these “always” in every moment and action of life.

There’s a reason surrender is required.

I give thanks for you today!

– Dale

 
CHEAP GRACE vs COSTLY GRACE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 19 2018 00:00

Bonhoeffer, in his book “The Cost of Discipleship,” deals with the issue of “cheap grace” verses “costly grace.”  The idea put simplistically is that one requires a life with very little inward change, while the other . . . costs everything.  It’s plain which path Bonhoeffer himself promotes and which path he believes produces the desired results.

Everything within sacred Scripture points to the impossibility of the cohabitation of ideologies.  Either grace is cheap and requires little effort or sacrifice OR it is so very costly that the path of peace requires the denial of any possible compromise.

To believe is to obey.  There is no middle ground.  There is no saddle that straddles both views. 

We are called and in that call is a demand.  A demand to go and sell all that we have and then follow.   We are called, and in that call is the abruptness of John 6 where those seeking an easy meal are separated from the few willing to feast on the flesh of the Savior.

As Dietrich, writes, “When Christ calls, He bids a man to come and die.”

– Dale

 
WORD WARRIORS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 29 2018 00:00

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)

There are truths that we read in passing that are so awe-inspiring that it's hardly believable that we're guilty of all-to-often failing to grasp their importance! 

The depth and extent of this teaching found in the inspired letter to the Hebrews, stretches our understanding of how the natural world operates.  The very first phrase of this teaching is throughly "other-worldly"!  It leads us into the realm of the supernatural where divine weapons, Godly weapons, are a must-have in order to survive.

“Word Warrior” is a thought, an idea, designed to spark interest into every age group throughout the church in becoming experts in handling the sword of the Word.  Understanding that this divinely-given word is alive and interacts with the mind and heart – marks a level of maturity necessary for one to properly wield this gift!

Make no mistake, this knowledge, that this Word, is spiritual food and necessary for battle, is vital information.  Information that our enemy desires greatly that we deem trivial or outright ignore.

Allow the Word of God to flourish within!

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalms 119:105 (KJV)

– Dale

 
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