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GROW DEEP ROOTS PDF Print

“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”   Colossians  2:7 NLT

How deep our spiritual roots run goes along way to indicating one’s spiritual strength. The question is how do we manage to sink them ever deeper when all around it seems to be nothing but spiritual hard-pan?

Ironically to penetrate deep our faith must rest on ground that is firm.  This firm ground is our foundational understanding of who Christ is and how we are to follow.  Many who have a sense of faith – or perhaps just a spiritual inkling – believe that their acceptance of Christ is all that’s necessary.  Acceptance should/must lead to spiritual hunger.

Those who plunge deeper gain an understanding that faith grows like a tree-getting stronger and producing more as the relationship deepens.  Favorable growing conditions occur when the heart is opened and our passion to know supersedes all other competing desires!

Determine to deepen your faith today!

– Dale

 
HOW? PDF Print

“But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?”  Galatians 4:9 ESV

The question is how?  How can you turn from the One who has saved you and filled you?  How?  How can you possibly contemplate ever returning to the emptiness of before Christ?

I'll be honest, I don t believe you can!  If you ve been filled with the powerful presence of God, how could you possibly just dismiss Him?

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.  I and the Father are one.”  John10:27-30  ESV

So the possibilities are this ... if you desire to leave, you were either never truly a part of the body  – more like a barnacle on a boat ... just hanging on.  Or you re being deceived because you ve allowed something within this world to recapture your heart.

Both are serious – but the first one is much more so!  My hope is that you know Christ deeply and intimately and that your heart will be focused always on fulfilling His will!

God bless you!

– Dale

 
FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS PDF Print

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”  1 Corinthians 10:31-33 ESV

So, it s our view of the world or world view that determines our actions, right?  The apostle knew the freedoms he possessed, but often lived within self imposed boundaries so that others might not be offended as they grew in grace.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17 ESV

Paul’s desire was to bring every act into connection with Christ allowing for connections to be made with those in need of Christ.

“Let all that you do be done in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

Paul’s mainline motivation was always, without fail, to allow those he came in contact with to be impressed with the love of Christ that beat within his heart.  His view of life was focused on the way of Jesus and emulating the Lord of glory – for the sake of others!

Perhaps we can see the value of living this way.  Without demanding our personal freedoms – we seek to put the best possible Jesus before the world!

– Dale

 
NEWNESS PDF Print

Before you were... you were not!  Meaning that during your life there was a time when that life was not alive.

But now ...

You are!

By the very virtue of being in Christ!!

“In Christ,” brings being.

His presence brings a new newness that has never before been known, until it comes.  However, now that you  are ... it is not yet fully known what you ll become.

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18

To us who are now being ... who are now alive ... Christ within, is a power of continual change.  As we become more, we see that there is so much more to become!  The final outcome is yet to be known, so we struggle to continue in this becoming.

This is part of the picture of the Lord s table ... recognizing that we are new ... and that this newness is continuous as we grow “In Christ.”

– Dale

 
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY PDF Print

Holiness, has a primary meaning along with a secondary one as well.

The secondary meaning is probably the main definition that we focus on. This deals with personal righteousness, and personal holiness along with a desire to become more like Christ.

"Be ye holy, because I am holy, saith the Lord!"

However, the primary meaning speaks of God's holiness His separateness and otherness that is beyond our comprehension.  The word used most often by theologians is apartheid, meaning that our holy God is set above and apart from all things, and everyone!

Rudolf Otto uses a phrase called mysterium tremendum... talking about the awe, along with the terror and finally the grace of such a holy being!

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!

May we acknowledge His majesty before it's everlasting too late!!!

– Dale

 
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