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10/14/21

Dave’s Diamonds: “What’s In It for Me?”

What’s in it for me? is often one of the first questions we ask when approached to buy something. How will it change my life, enhance my lifestyle, or benefit me personally? Will it help me lose weight, make me look better, or help me to live longer? If there is no benefit to the product or service, we usually will pass on the opportunity to buy it. The prospect of faith, from a purely entrepreneurial point of view, does not seem like a very good product. Jesus, in promoting the Christian lifestyle, says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25). So let me get this right…in order to find a better life I have to lose the one I have? This sounds like an addition by subtraction scenario. Most people would pass on this opportunity, and in doing so they miss out on the greatest relationship we can have in our lives. The benefits of Christ’s life become even greater when we become less of ourselves and allow God to take over our lives. When we surrender our lives to God we gain the benefits of peace, joy, hope, and eternal life. It is such an unusual concept to grasp and goes against the “What’s in it for me?” mentality. When we wake up in the morning and allow God to orchestrate our day, when we saturate our lives in prayer and Godly devotion, and when we ask God to refuel our tanks on a daily basis we will discover the benefits of this incredible relationship. I invite you to try it, even in small increments. I look forward to having you share with me how this relationship is changing your life. In doing so you will become more of yourself and the person God has intended for you to be. Stay strong and encouraged in the Lord! --Dave

 

 

 

10/7/21

Dave’s Diamonds: “Beautiful Feet”

One of the basic tenets of the Christian faith is that we are saved through the grace of Jesus Christ. This is commonly and widely accepted among Christian denominations around the world. But what happens to those who live in places where they have never heard of Jesus Christ? How about those who never get the opportunity to believe in Jesus because they grow up in a household where the Christian faith isn’t taught? You are not along in asking these questions. Actually this first question is raised in Romans 10 and I love the apostle Paul’s response. When asked about those who never hear about Jesus, Paul quotes a verse from , “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” I love how Paul responds to this question. Instead of putting the responsibility on the one who has yet to hear the good news about Jesus, the onus falls upon us who believe. This is why we send mission teams to Zambia and places around the world. This is why our church supports Christian missionaries. Not only is the message we take beautiful, but the feet of those who bring the message are equally beautiful as well. Let’s continue to strive to tell others about the amazing story of Jesus, what God has done in our lives, and the life-changing relationship that God invites us to enter through Christ. Stay strong and encouraged in the Lord. --Dave

 


9/30/21
Dave’s Diamonds: “Gently Worn”

A friend of mine was selling a used pair of shoes the other day on Facebook Marketplace. In the description that accompanied a picture of the size 6 Vans were the words, “Gently Worn.” I had to smile when I read those words because I have never owned a pair of shoes that were “gently worn.” Vicki and our kids will be the first to tell you that I am hard on shoes. I wear them everywhere and for a long time. By the time they need to be replaced, they usually are ripped up and have a few holes in the soles. They are not in any condition for Facebook Marketplace, rather they are ready for the garbage can. It goes without saying that I become attached to my shoes and have a hard time getting rid of them.  Actually, I’m hard on all my clothes and when I am ready to trade them in on something new, they are not “gently worn,” rather they are “worn out.” God came to people like us who are worn out…he covers the Prodigal Son with the best robe (Luke 15), he encouraged a desperate Elijah to rely upon God’s strength (1 Kings 19), and invited the tired and worn Woman at the Well to taste Living Water (John 4).  God’s holiness invites us to trade in our worn out, tired, and desperate selves and to enter into God’s presence of wonder and worship. We are reminded of these important words in 1 Chronicles 16:11, “Seek the Lord and his strength. Seek the Lord continually.” In doing so we will see and experience the One who calls us by name and encourages us in faith. Stay strong and encouraged in these challenging times. --Dave


9/23/21
Dave’s Diamonds: “A Cheerleader of Faith”

The wind had reached hurricane force, the waves were breaking over the bow of the large ship, and all hope seemed lost. Cargo had been thrown into the water, ropes had been used to secure the large vessel, and panic was in the hearts of those facing imminent death. We are told that everyone on the ship had given up hope…that is everyone but one person. Such are the details we read about in Acts 27 as the apostle Paul and 275 others were facing a great storm on the Mediterranean Sea. As fear ran rampant, Paul addresses those aboard the large ship, reminding them of God’s presence, God’s promises, and God’s provisions. Paul says, “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” (Acts 27:22-25). I love the confidence that Paul has in his faith and how he shares that confidence with others. It’s easy to become fearful and settle into a defeatist mindset. But Paul speaks a different word to a group that needed to be reminded of God’s promises. Think of someone who has come along side of you and said, “It’s going to be ok,” “God is with you,” or “The Lord is in your corner.” Our words are a reflection of our faith and in this time of fear and uncertainly we need to hear these words more than ever. Stay strong and encouraged in the Lord. --Dave

9/16/21
Dave’s Diamonds: “Sputtering”

I was mowing our lawn the other day when all of a sudden the lawn mower started to sputter. A few hiccups and gurgles followed and the Honda pusher came to a sputtering halt. I was out of gas. Ever feel this way in life? Ever feel like you are running on empty, sputtering and gurgling along with little energy or enthusiasm? Life can be overwhelming and things can cause us to get worn out. We keep busy schedules; we feel the pressure of juggling family, work, leisure time; and we carry the weight of worries and burdens on our shoulders. The Lord is there to fill you up and put some fuel back into your soul. The prophet Isaiah had a wonderful gift of being able to convey God’s grace to a group of people who were growing tired. Isaiah reminds us of God’s promises with these words in Isaiah 40, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even young people grow tired and weary and young men will stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings life eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31). Remember to open yourself to the great reservoir of strength that is available through the Lord by asking God to continue to fill your tank. Stay strong and encouraged in the Lord. --Dave