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GRACE DRIVES DISCIPLINE PDF Print

The apostle Paul, the apostle of grace, speaks of grace three times in 1 Corinthians 15:10, but he mixes it up with his labor.  He starts out defining what the gospel is and he talks about the resurrection, but in the middle of that, in 1 Corinthians 15:10, he says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.  (We all hear that) His grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Cor. 15:10).

So, Paul is saying that grace produced sweat.  Grace produced his labors for the gospel.  Grace produced his discipline.  We have to understand that they are very compatible.

If you really have experienced the grace of God and you are in fellowship with Him, your heart will desire to discipline itself for the purpose of godliness to become like the Lord, Jesus Christ, for the sake of the gospel.

R. K. H.

– Dale

 
MOTION OF VIRTUE PDF Print

The statement, “the motion of our virtue” can have varied meanings just as the word virtue itself has multiple meanings.  Toward God, this phrase is somewhat awkward, or better put, completely irrelevant – because in Him there is no particular motion. 

God is already complete on every possible front.  Therefore, in Him perfection can have no forward motion at all – He is already there, waiting for our arrival.  For mankind however, we have the need to be propelled forward, by any means necessary, in the direction of that perfection.  Our motion of virtue must be toward more of this holiness in which is God’s natural state.

Consider the reasoning.  The virtuous feel compelled – by virtue of their deep belief – to stand firm upon the perfect teachings found within God’s mind or word, so that they may overcome the enemies vicious and varied attacks. 

The motion of our virtue must be to ever deeper pools of conviction so that the “logic of man” that seeks to derail the word of God might be shattered.  This motion of our virtue must always be toward the  knowledge of God in order to be remotely sufficient in standing guard over our hearts. 

So . . . pursue righteousness, chase after godly knowledge, embrace that which is holy, allow the motion of your virtue to always be toward the Lord, your God!

– Dale

 
CALLED TO RESPOND PDF Print

“And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites.  He will judge or reward you according to what you do.  So you must live in reverent fear of Him during your time here as ‘temporary residents.’”  1 Peter1:17  NLT

“If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?  Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not repay man according to his work?’”  Proverbs 24:12  ESV

So, from these teachings it appears that the proper response of a holy intrusion in our hearts is an observable difference.  In other words, our disposition toward mankind changes to the point where we recognize need – and where inserting ourselves will possibly change the situation for the better.

Simply put, we help.

Why?  We offer our assistance due to the fact that we have been indwelt by a Holy presence.  This divine presence presses our very being to interact with our fellow man in order to bring change – or the possibility of change.  The wonderful result of this God-led action is that it can – and I would say should – bring change to both the receiver and the giver!

You are called to respond!
– Dale

 
AGONY PDF Print

Agony is a thought or concept that we seldom dwell on today.  In times past however, this word was attached rather securely to one’s faith.  Faith brings relief, yes, relief from the burden of sin and also from the results of that sin.  Relief that leads to a celebratory joy and peace as we discover more of our new found life in Christ.  But very clearly faith is also designed to bring a severity – an agony – that in the life of the believer ushers us to new found discoveries.

We, being changed creatures, now agonize over recurring failures that we recognize as sin.  But more than this, we also agonize over those whose lives are inextricably intertwined in the darkness of this present world – who are lost and in desperate need of a life-giving, life-changing Savior.

Agony becomes our adrenaline giving us the capacity to overcome fear and timidity – leading us to be expressive with our faith.  Please know that if agony is not experienced by the believer, moving them to action . . . then darkness has eclipsed the light, and that’s not natural!

– Dale

 
SPEAK OUT! PDF Print

Capitulation might well be the word of the day.

More and more the church, of this moment, looks to give ground to a radically sinful culture in order that it might somehow remain relevant with the arbiters of this rebellious society.  As the church of Christ it’s important to remain vigilant and to be careful – that in this desire to remain relevant within a rapidly changing culture that we remain real!

What good is it for anyone to engage a world with a pitifully weak, almost worthless faith?  How will that dimension of following maintain any type of clear Holy direction?

Boldness is needed now more than ever.  Knowledge is required so that we might answer their false apologetics with true biblical apologetics.

The world is clearly seeking our demise – the death of the church – and it begins by diminishing our voice!

Without her voice – the boundaries are easily erased!

Speak out!!!

– Dale

 
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