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Sunday, December 18 2016 00:00

Wherever I go in town lately – whether it is doctor offices, department or hardware stores, the psych ward, wherever . . . there’s something that we all have in common, the flood.  “The flood.”  The mother of all floods!

Either we ourselves were personally immersed or parts of our family were. It could have been our home, a family member or our work.  Most of us have this in common – and all the unique headaches that have come along with this tragic event.  We speak the same language.

To be honest, I’m not sure if a day has gone by since the waters have receded that I haven’t spoken of or thought of this event.  That day is a reference point that we all share.

As Christians we share a much more important reference point.  One that since it’s happening, imprinted itself upon our entire world . . .

“For unto you is born this day . . .”

On a specific day . . . God came down!  This is without a doubt the most significant of days.  For without the incarnation there is no resurrection.  If God does not become our lamb, we have no hope for life.  This is the day that should be on the tip of our heart, brain, and tongue.

My prayer is that we will find joy in pouring loving energy into building our permanent dwelling!  Never let the passion fade! 

Merry Christmas!

– Dale

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MERRY CHRISTMAS PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, December 11 2016 00:00

Merry Birthday?  No, that’s not right.  Merry Easter?  Wrong.  Merry Anniversary?  That’s not quite how we express that sentiment, is it?

Interesting that word “merry” seems to be solely married to the remembrance of our Lord’s birth?

Merry Christmas!!!


The meaning of the word “merry” is joyful, jubilant, jolly, cheerful – and how could we be otherwise when reveling within this gift of life found in Jesus? 

We, the undeserving, are overwhelmed by the love of the unstained, receiving what was once unthinkable and unreachable . . . abundant life!

May Christ’s presence make you marvelously merry today and everyday until His appearing.  Merry Christmas!

– Dale

 
REBUILDING PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 13 2016 00:00

August 12th the rain came down . . . August 13th the water came in and the tears began to flow.  Since that day and the subsequent days that followed so much has changed.

We’ve all learned how to gut out or mud out (knowledge we could have lived without).  We’ve gained skills we never wanted – while haggling with people that held our futures in their hands.

It’s been a rough three months.  But we’ve gained during this time as well.

We’ve gained experiential knowledge of God’s grace.

We’ve gained new relationships with wonderful folks from all over the south who came to help!

We’ve gained a fresh determination to build something much more than buildings.

The flood swept so much away . . .  so much so that if we’re not careful we’ll fail to notice what it brought.

Father, help us not only to rebuild but to build something more permanent with You as the foundation.  To trust not in horses and chariots but in You and Your might!  Refresh us as we labor, increase our love as we help our neighbors.  Help us to follow You and You alone!

– Dale

 
HOPE PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, November 27 2016 00:00

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”  Luke 2:20 (ESV)

Hope entered our world one night when the ordinary gave way to the unthinkable.  Heaven ripped through our reality and stepped in with a message that not only changed the lives of these herdsmen, but the entire world as well.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 (ESV)

Their Savior is our Savior . . . their good news is our good news! 

What we should seriously ask ourselves is this:  Is our response to this history changing news the same as these shepherds on the hillsides of Bethlehem?

They listened, obeyed, and opened theirs hearts to the miracle before them –  proclaiming to everyone what took place. 

May we be found as faithful with our miraculous message of hope!

– Dale

 
BE ON GUARD PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, August 07 2016 00:00

What we as Christians often fail to grasp is that we have a real enemy who is in constant and continuous motion.   Meaning that he’s always actively involved in deceiving and destroying.  In John 10, Jesus calls this enemy a thief.  A thief with a purpose – to kill, steal, and destroy.  Using this motif allows us deeper insights into what we’re up against from this tireless foe . . . A thief is subtle, deceptive, quiet, using subterfuge to accomplish his objectives.  Understand that this enemy of ours will use any and all means at his disposal to bring about your downfall.

As Christ-followers, we must be on guard against allowing this adversary to use us.  When we lead with hate rather than our love, we become tools in his hand.  It’s when we neglect others rather than connecting with others that we give him ground in our lives which causes damage to our witness.  Living according to God’s precepts, we make ourselves available to God's protection and unavailable for the enemy’s use.

“The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my Stronghold.”  Psalms 8:2  ESV 

He is our protection from the enemy!

– Dale

 
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