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Pastor Ron Dazell

Christian fellowship

  Philippians 1:7-8 – It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  For God is my witness, how I yearn for you

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Complete confidence in Christ

  Philippians 1:6 – And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. The word, began, appears 87 times in the New Testament, but this particular Greek word is only found twice.  Paul uses it here in Philippians

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Praying like Paul

  Philippians 1:3-5 – I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. One of the best ways to learn to pray is to pray with people

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Grace and peace to you

  Philippians 1:2 – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you.  Grace is from the word, charis.  It is the root for charity, and it was a customary greeting of the day.  It simply meant “greetings” or “favor.”  Peace was a similar greeting

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Our identity in Christ

  We often find a great deal of identity in our work.  It is common when two people meet to ask, “So what do you do for a living?”  This is understandable, because we spend a great deal of time at work.  However, I like the way Paul chooses to find his identity in Jesus

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Greet each other with a holy kiss

  2 Corinthians 13:12 – Greet one another with a holy kiss. Several friends have recently used horns to greet me.  One honked a car horn while driving past the church, and another sped past me on a motorcycle and beeped while I was staining a deck.  They did not have to do it.  They

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Truth and Love

  1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. I was taught 1 Peter 3:15 and encouraged to memorize it

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A word for the wise

  Proverbs 15:2 – The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. Proverbs 15:2 has hung around as one of my favorites for a number of years.  The tongue is one of our most powerful tools.  Our words are capable of affirming the value of our

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Faith under fire

  I have been meditating on the idea that untested faith is no faith at all.  I am not sure exactly what to do with that thought.  It is not as if a person has to fall completely apart before they are able to come to saving faith in Christ, and I would not encourage

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Fear of the Lord

  Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. What does it mean to fear the Lord?  I have asked this question of many people.  I have received a variety of responses, but the most common answer is respect.  We are to respect God.  I

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A man of sorrows

  King Arthur said to Lancelot in First Knight, “A man who fears nothing is a man who loves nothing; and if you love nothing, what joy is there in your life? I may be wrong.”  I think he is right.  Love is the greatest idea, and no life is complete without it.  We yearn

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Work for a cause

  My family braved the spring snow to attend the graduation of my niece last weekend.  Her high school principal emceed the ceremony.  That guy knows how to run a graduation.  He had us in and out of there in less than an hour without making it feel rushed.  I particularly enjoyed his personal advice

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Turning the page

  Spring is a season of great change.  Young couples are getting married, and schools are graduating their senior classes.  This is the time of year when many people are turning the page to a new chapter of life.  Transitions can be challenging when we are at their mercy, but they can also be tremendous

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Little old ladies

  On this Mother’s Day, I am grateful for the many women who have helped to make me who I am today.  My mother did a fantastic job raising me especially when you consider what she had to work with!  She handed the baton off to my wife who continues to help me pursue maturity

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God is Father to the fatherless

  Psalm 68:4-6 – Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to Him who rides through the deserts; His name is the LORD; exult before Him!  Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.  God settles the solitary in a home; He leads out

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