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  • Dec17

    “When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” – Luk 18:22 NIV

    A close observation of Christ’s methodology in calling people to himself was that He saw entry into the kingdom of God as a leadership issue. The question he asks everyone is: Who will be your ruler?

     

  • Dec11

    “But woe to you, scribes [paid secular-minded lawyers who gave legal counsel to the religious leaders] and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.” – Matthew 23:13 ESV

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” –  Upton Sinclair

    Motive in ministry is essential. Jesus came proclaiming and exhibiting the Kingdom of God to any and all who would receive Him.  The scribes and Pharisees were continually plagued with mixed motives. Today, let us advance God’s Kingdom with a pure and focused heart asking the Lord how we might sacrifice – not for ourselves – but for the good of others.

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

  • Dec11

    “But woe to you, scribes [paid secular-minded lawyers who gave legal counsel to the religious leaders] and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.” – Matthew 23:13 ESV

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” –  Upton Sinclair

    Motive in ministry is everything. Jesus came proclaiming and exhibiting the Kingdom of God to any and all who would receive Him.  The scribes and Pharisees were continually plagued with mixed motives.

    Today, let us advance God’s Kingdom with a pure and focused heart asking the Lord how we might sacrifice, not for ourselves, but for the good of others.

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

     

  • Dec9

     ”Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” – Luke 6:38

     ”In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.” – Henry Ward Beecher

    Simply put, you can’t out-give God. Of course, this doesn’t always mean material riches, but in one way or another God will return more to you than you give to Him. This is one of those mysterious principles of God’s Kingdom, yet absolutely true in a Christian’s life experience. Why? Perhaps it is because generosity is at the core of God’s nature and He longs for us to experience the freedom of following after His generous heart?  Remember, we serve a God of grace, where He lavishes undeserved favor upon us. God is a Giver. Listen to how Randy Alcorn talks about grace as a catalyst for our generosity:

    “Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives. It doesn’t come out of our altruism or philanthropy–it comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us. This grace is the action; our giving is the reaction. We give because He first gave to us. The greatest passage on giving in all Scripture ends not with “Congratulations for your generosity,” but “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)” – Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle: Discovering the secret of joyful giving, p. 30.

    This Christmas season, let the beautiful grace of God stir in your heart and respond with cheerful generosity in all kinds of ways! (2 Corinthians 9:7)

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

  • Dec5

    “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” -  Hebrews 12:1 KJV

    Patience is the companion of wisdom.

    There is no denying that SO many good things in life come to us through patience. For the believer in Jesus Christ this is especially true. Why? Because patient endurance is one of God’s most often used keys to our growth and development. As we bear up under the trials which God allows into our lives, our faith (which is good and much more valuable than anything, 1 Peter 1:7) has a chance to grow and flourish! Patience then yields a beautiful reward in due time. As Paul tells the Galatians: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Galatians 6:9 NLT

    In addition, wisdom leads us to patiently cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He brings about transformation in our lives.  In our quick fix society, disciples of Jesus must commit to living lives of patient continuance in the faith. Following Christ, as Eugene Peterson so perfectly said, is a long obedience in the same direction.

    So, where do you most need patience today? In a relationship? Your occupation? In the midst of a trial? With your kids, or in an area of personal development?

    Ask the Lord for His wisdom and patience and bank upon this promise: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” – James 1:5 NLT

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org