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ONE YEAR AGO... PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 03 2017 00:00

One year ago . . .

On the first Sunday in September 2016 we came back to our, then sad-looking sanctuary, for the first service together at Comite since the flood.  We only missed two Sundays in our building after the waters receded, and to be honest, I’m rather amazed at that fact.  This feat was made possible only by a loving Lord providing so many helping hands and ministry-driven hearts – from both near and far!

So, now on this day we not only celebrate being back – but also being back with a sanctuary that’s almost fully restored.  It’s different, and to be honest, that’s a good thing.

God has used this family of devoted followers at Comite Baptist Church for 65 years.  There have been times when she spread her wings and soared and others when she held fast and simply weathered the storm.  All the while though, God has used her!

I pray, that the future here will be bright, that it will be beautiful, and will be brimming with works that only God could have orchestrated.

As we continue to rebuild here, may the physical buildings be secondary.  As we lean into this community and bring the message of love, life, and lasting hope through Jesus Christ our Lord!

God Bless You Comite,
– Dale

 
WORDS TO FOLLOW PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 13 2017 00:00

“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 1:13-14 ESV

Timothy is given two very specific instructions by his mentor and teacher, the apostle Paul.  Follow and guard.

"Follow the pattern of sound words..." which implies that even at this early juncture, there are unsound words that already exist within the Christian Faith.  (Wherever there is truth, the adversary's deception seeks to rear its unfruitful head.)

Sound words are truth-bearing words.

They are thoughts and ideas that emerge from the teachings of Jesus which are in turn thrust into the hearts of the apostles.  These divine instructions  are then eventually sown
into the hearts and minds of successive generations – such as Timothy and his listeners.  Interesting that Paul does not encourage Timothy to be innovative or inventive with these teachings in order to reach the more modern, "next generation."  His instruction is simply to follow – which of course implies knowing.

So, there are actually three imperatives found within this instruction of Paul's.  Two are spoken and one is implied.

• Know sacred scripture, possess them, and be changed by their piercing truth.
• Follow, daily live, these sacred teachings imparted by the apostle.
• Lastly, guard these sacred scriptures so that the investment deposited within your life will have not been in vain.

Others benefit from the pattern of your Christian walk, in as much as you are found faithful in living out these divine instructions.

– Dale

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WHEREVER WE GO PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 30 2017 00:00

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

This is a beautiful promise made to Joshua, the man who was to fill Moses’ shoes.

I, the Lord your God am with you . . . wherever you go.

From the time Moses mounted his divinely directed campaign against Pharaoh until the moment of the great leader’s death, Joshua looked to him before taking a single step.  Now the burden of the blessing fell upon his shoulders.  He chose to learn how to operate at a much deeper level of trust.

This is where potential Christ-followers find themselves – at a place of radical trust, and at a place of selfless love and devotion that discards the decaying carnal flesh so that complete surrender might be achieved.  As the psalmist wrote:

“But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.”  Psalms 13:5 ESV

The Christ-follower who has learned to live this radical trust, can hear the words of their Savior with joy and complete confidence.  They can hold to the promise . . .

“. . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Wherever we go!

– Dale

 
CONFESSION PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, August 07 2017 08:15

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes,

“The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner.   So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship.  We dare not be sinners.  Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous.”

“So what do we do?”  He asks, then answers.

“We cover up our sin, and live in hypocrisy.”

He expounds further on this spiritual practice.   “In contrast to this kind of fellowship, the gospel is only for the sinner.  We do not have to lie but we can own up to God.  Moreover, we are to confess and be confessed to.”

Here is some of his main thoughts on this issue:

• Non confession isolates an individual, which is precisely where sin desires to place you. (Reworded)  “Where there is confession, the way is open to returning to the community.”

• Confession should be on a personal basis – between two people. 
For in confession to one member, confession is made to all.  (Only general confession is made to the entire fellowship.)

• Confession is communal in that it reconnects the sinner to the fellowship. (Reworded)

• Confession declares our willingness to be obedient, to walk in humility, and reignites our joy we once found in fellowship. (Reworded)

• To whom shall one confess?
He who lives beneath the cross.
Only those who confess should listen to confessions.

Dietrich saw confession as a necessary act in the life of an individual Christian and the church at large.  This practice kept the heart of the believer filled with the joy of God’s presence, and connected to the community.

Thoughts?

– Dale

 
ENCASED IN CHRIST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, July 23 2017 00:00

"35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36. As it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’  37. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39. nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Romans 8:35-39  ESV 

As Christians we love these words!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

But in our glee, we often fail to absorb their full teaching.  Nothing can separate the one who has died to self – the one who is being killed all day long.  We are firmly fixed only at the final surrender.  We are more that conquerors only following our total capitulation. 

Then and only then, can we claim to stand against these strong opponents that Paul mentions – because we are fully encased in Christ.  His ever conquering love overcomes all obstacles when we are ready to deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow Him.

This is the reality of the relationship – it must actually exist – on His terms!

I pray you know the truth!

– Dale

 
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