Pastor's Blog

Confounding our efforts in drawing folks to Jesus is quite frankly, ourselves.  Ouch! It’s true more than we would care to admit.  Our flesh, our rights, our own ideas about how things should be are much of the time a Christian repellent.  People wonder: what difference does it make to be a follower of Jesus?  To be honest, in the midst of church turmoil this thought crosses my mind occasionally.  What difference should it make? 

I have never met a Christian who didn’t judge; yet Jesus tells His followers, “Judge not.”  We usually have a tendency to hate someone, somewhere and more often than naught it’s someone we know.  Yet Scripture teaches that our love is to be superhuman, to the point that we are to love even our enemies. 

These and other instructions would be impressive if accomplished, right?  One pastor says he daily prays the prayer, “Lord, let me not make it harder for someone to know you today.”  That’s a good prayer!  Help me not to get in the way today.

Reliance is the key.  Jesus knew we were spiritual klutzes, so He gives us assistance.  To tap into that enormous power though, we must be willing to surrender.  That, my friend, is where the loop begins anew.  If you have trouble getting out of the way, it probably stems from a failure to surrender! 

Sometimes, giving up is actually winning.

– Dale


“For God so loved the world that He gave . . .”  God’s amazing love is expressed in His generosity.  Giving us Himself so that we might have life . . . and then giving us His task – which is sharing the knowledge of Him and His great love with the world.  Paul writes, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

We mirror God’s great love to the world and express love for our fellow man by sharing the faith we have in Christ Jesus.  Breathing in the Word and then living it out in view of the world causes our witness to contain power – to have a believability about it!  This allows us to be heard, because our words are seen to carry weight.  The realness of these words are only felt in as much as we believe them ourselves.  Only love felt can be properly expressed.

For our God so loved this world that He first gave us His Son and then He gave us filled with His Son!  So in reality, you and I are God’s expression to the world of His great love.  That’s cause for pause!

Live out your faith!

– Dale


The Bible is full of unnatural decisions.  An “unnatural decision” is one made against the grain – against what we would describe as “common sense.”  The pages of the Bible introduce us to a group of people I like to call “jumpers” (folks who swim against the current).  These are those who have a habit of making strange and unnatural decisions.  Why?  Because “God’s Word” is filled with those who hear and respond to an unnatural voice.  Now I will agree with you in your argument that these so called “jumpers” are actually listening to the right voice, the natural voice – God’s voice.  But in reality it’s the world’s voice that becomes the natural voice because it’s natural for us to hear its sounds both early and often in our lives.  We get a steady dose of what seemingly makes sense and before long it just comes natural.  The more familiar, the harder it becomes to listen to something different.  Therefore, the world around us (translated, other people) think it strange, bizarre, even whacked, if we listen to an alternative voice.  But I want you to know that this new way of hearing is the only path that leads to true life, full life!

Consider if you will, in your life, learning to hear something new.  Listening and responding to a sound that in the beginning may seem strange and unnatural; but in the end you’ll wonder how you ever did without it’s guidance.  Now understand that the complexities of truly hearing and following this new voice faithfully, takes a lifetime of devout practice and discipline.  But the journey’s a joy and you need to start somewhere and sometime.  So why not here and now? 

May I suggest that you begin by accepting.  Accepting that you’re not remotely in tune with all that you need to be.  Accepting that there actually is a God who desires to be heard and who has much to say.  Also, if I may, a friendly reminder: please remember that you’ll never arrive.  There is no destination where you can just kick your feet up and say I’ve made it (not on this side of glory anyway).  We’re always searching, ever discovering fresh nuances of God’s voice – which leads us deeper and deeper along this unnatural path! . . . Few there will be that will find it.  Or hear it, for that matter!

– Dale


Volunteerism, “use of or reliance on volunteers.”  Did you know that according to statistics women are more likely to volunteer than men?  (Although the total number of women volunteering this last year declined as well.)  The age group most likely to volunteer are those age 35–44 with folks in their early 20's being the least likely to volunteer.  Being married seems to increase the urge to give of one’s time and energy as well as being parents.  Both groups were statistically higher in the “helping out” category.  That’s more than you wanted to know about volunteering, right? 

I wonder how most people see their labor in the Jesus movement, or Church, or ever how you want to term it?  Jesus used terms like, field hands or workers which may be a little too intense for some today!  Do we think of ourselves as volunteers when we’re involved in kingdom work?  Maybe it’s our own fault.  We use terms like “ministerial staff'”and “lay-people,” like there’s a difference in the labor.  In reality, although there maybe a difference in the specific tasks, there’s no difference in the calling.  As Christians we are all called to labor.  All called to use our gifts and talents within the body and upon the world.  Granted, some may have a more “body-sensitive” calling such as preaching and teaching and helping with worship.  But all are called to serve in some way inside and out.

So, if you’re presently just a spectator, you’re not listening.  Could it be the many wonderful sounding voices of the world are drowning out God’s call and Spirit-teaching?  Or maybe you’re just ignoring God’s voice, hoping it will go away and leave you to do your own thing?  Truth is, He probably will.

“What are you doing right now that requires faith?” • Francis Chan

– Dale


Our effort to strengthen our community of faith here at CBC has led us to seek out the development of small groups within our fellowship.  What's that mean?  Well, it is smaller groups built around like interest or new investigations which carries with it the possibility of increasing our faith and strengthening our walk with our Savior.  They can also create an atmosphere where people are able to draw closer to one another, thereby creating stronger bonds between Christian brothers and sisters.  These stronger bonds help in providing the proper environment that allows a deepening of faith and increased desire for a personal relationship with Jesus.  As in anything, this endeavor will succeed only with Spirit-led enthusiastic involvement on your part.  So, will you pray about being a part of this new movement within our church? 

– Dale

Here are the groups that will be starting at present:

1.  Ben's Group: a small group made up of mostly those from the Pathfinders Sunday morning Bible study group but open to all.  They will be meeting on Sunday evenings in different homes and will begin with Gary Chapman's book "The Five Love Languages."

2.  Book Club: led by Mrs. Sally Henson, in homes.  Contact Sally for time and place.

3.  Max Lucado Group: led by myself at the present time.  We will meet at the Church on Sunday evenings from 4:30–6 starting the Sunday after Soup-er Bowl Sunday (Feb. 13).  Our first book will be "Out Live Your Life."

4.  Encouragers Group: led by Mrs. Delores, time and place TBA

5.  Prayer Warriors: led by Mrs Cecille, time and place TBA

6.  Young Couples Enrichment Group: led by Jeremy Brown on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Prayer Room (while AWANA is meeting)

The names of these groups may change.  My desire is to describe them in such a way as to help you understand what they are.  Also, new groups are forming weekly as new leaders volunteer.  If you are interested in starting a small group please contact the Church Office for a list of our guidelines.

There will be a Small Group informational time next Sunday (Jan.  30) following the  morning worship service in the Church Foyer. 

Please be in prayer for our church as we seek to reach our community for Christ.

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