Wedding Rehearsals and Life,

What an interesting night.  I had a wedding rehearsal for my daughter whom I love; with friends, whom I love and am now not connected with; at a church I love, but don’t belong to.  Ever felt displaced?  I did.  I have.  I do.  Such is life.  Life changes.  We move on.  Often due to circumstances of our own doing.  Yep.  Sometimes just due to circumstances.  Whatever the case, change happens.

So I continue to deal with all of the changes in my life.  For those who don’t know, I resigned my position at Atonement in July.  I was asked to resign in April.  It simply took a while to work things out.  I moved on quickly, except for these interesting times like tonight.  It is interesting (as I said).  My counselor keeps telling me to check my feelings…aren’t you glad to be part of it 🙂  It’s good and important to reflect….so, here we are 🙂

So what do you do?  I reflect on many good years and many good friends.  I thank God for what He has done in my life and through my ministry.  I asked some people just the other night, “do you see the growth and change in you that I see?”  They didn’t.  I thank God for the good, faithful people He has brought beside me in ministry and the opportunity to be connected again.  And I thank God for new beginnings and new friends.  God is good!  Thank You, You are a God of Grace!

See You At the Lighthouse,

Dale

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Saturday Night

I wrote this last Saturday night.  Interesting how the Spirit sometimes moves us.  I hope is still is relevant and helpful…

I sometimes wonder what other people think about on Saturday night. Still at a football party? Tired from shopping or running errands. Perhaps its an opportunity to relax. Perhaps an opportunity for romance.

I wonder what God thinks about on Saturday night? “Thank Me the Michigan Wolverines pulled it out!” Or is God a Bison fan?

What do you think about Saturday night? I’m getting ready for tomorrow. My mind is on all the things I have to do. As a pastor I’m not sure God is pleased with that? He might be thinking you’ve had all week dufus…go to bed.

Whatever you are thinking about tonight, take a moment to think about your loving, heavenly Father. Whatever is on your mind, make plans to worship tomorrow. Tomorrow is the sabbath. I once was reminded that the sabbath is the first day of the week, not the last. We don’t work all week and then rest. We rest, we worship God, we spend time with Him, family and friends, and then we go back to work. “Remember the sabbath day to make it holy.”

Alright, I’ll let you in on something. I do know what God is thinking about tonight. Want to know? Sure? Alright….

 

YOU 🙂

See You At the Lighthouse,

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Shutdowns and Our Faith

With a governmental shutdown looming I am thinking about how I’m glad that God is really in charge.  Seems like everyone is disillusioned with politicians these days, whatever your political persuasion is.  I’ve always been a bit of a political junky and am a history major.  That said, I’ve come to realize that my hope, our hope is not in any political office, but in the God who created the heavens and the earth.  God doesn’t disappoint.  We don’t understand everything He does, but He doesn’t ever shut down.

I’m not writing to suggest what you should think about the current political or world situation, or that you shouldn’t care.  You should, deeply.  Frankly, pretty much everybody is concerned about it all.  You can read Romans 13:1-7 tonight.  The Bible teaches us that governing authorities are necessary and should be respected.  Greats of our faith like Augustine, Calvin and Luther agreed and wrote much about it.  We also know that an unjust government should be resisted and when left unchecked it can result even in something as horrendous as genocide; for example Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Sudan and on the list could go.  Of course we’ve also seen lately what can happen in countries where there is no governmental control.  So what do we do?

First, put your hope in an almighty and all powerful God.  Not in any earthly authorities.  Respect them and involve yourself in the political world, but put your hope in the triune God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

Second, pray, and pray, and pray.  Pray for our leaders and our world.  Pray for God’s influence

And finally, thank God that one day the imperfect of this world will end and we will have a perfect Ruler, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  To that does anyone say Amen?

See you at the Lighthouse!

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