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Sunday, September 16 2018 00:00

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”  Matthew 18:21-22 ESV

Have you forgotten about forgiveness?  It seems as though much of our world has!  Too many are holding on to past hurts like they are a badge of honor (isn’t that counter productive not to mention self-destructive?). 
And when did forgiveness become a group thing?  Maybe I’m off kilter, but we sin as individuals, we repent as individuals and we seek forgiveness as individuals.  You cannot lump a group together – no matter how homogeneous they may appear on the outside –  and demand some form of group-speak act of attrition!  I don't believe our faith operates that way!

So, here’s the thing . . . if you’ve wronged someone, then it’s your responsibility to seek forgiveness.  If you’ve been wronged by an individual and forgiveness is sought, then it’s your responsibility to forgive!

Forgiveness is an up-close, intensely personal, spiritual act that demands forethought and passion!  And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

I welcome your comments if you have more to add.

– Dale

 
LET THERE BE! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, September 09 2018 00:00

In Genesis one, the Divine – described as the “Spirit of God”–  hovers or broods over the deep.

Interesting, that this action is here described for us just before the first words of creation are spoken?  Could this brooding be an act of contemplation?  If so, just imagine the depths plummeted?

This of course is “human-speak” which feebly attempts to describe the indescribable!  How can the actions of a limitless Creator – that are beyond our scope of understanding – be appropriately translated?

But in a moment of time God speaks, the brooding becomes voiced and He does what only He can do - He creates!

“Let there be light!”

Let there . . . “Be!”

Suddenly creation emerges from this Holy, unimaginable, Spirit – and we become!  Day one leads to today, and we are here because God chose to speak!

– 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

 
COMPASSION PDF Print E-mail
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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

 
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

 
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