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Pastor Ron Dazell

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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Pastor Ron Dazell

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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Pastor Ron Dazell

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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Pastor Ron Dazell

God is personal

  God is a person.  Actually, He is three persons in one godhead.  In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”  Notice before creation God said let Us (plural) make man in Our (plural) image.  God is the perfect unity and community of Father, Son, and Holy

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Why did Jesus die? – To defeat death.

  A good friend has said life has a 100% mortality rate.  It is sad but true.  As surely as you live, you will also die.  It really is our own fault.  We rebelled against God and invited the consequences of sin upon ourselves.  The wages of sin are physical and eternal death.  In many

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Why did Jesus die? – To fulfill the Law.

  Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus was often confronted by religious leaders who feared they were losing control and authority to Him.  In an effort to discredit Jesus, religious

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Why did Jesus die? – To teach us about love.

  I do a fair amount of counseling with couples who are either engaged or already married.  Ask any couple why they wanted to get married, and you often hear they love each other.  That is common.  What is uncommon is finding someone with a good definition of love.  Love is not an emotion.  Love

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Why did Jesus die? – part 2

  Today we continue to answer the question, “Why did Jesus die?”  One of the mot straightforward verses to consider is 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Why did Jesus die?

  I have begun to think about Resurrection Sunday.  Most call it Easter, but I prefer Resurrection Sunday.  That name, Resurrection Sunday, better captures what we celebrate every year.  The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ made it possible for man to be reconciled to God.  The cross of Jesus Christ is the single-most

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Art appreciation

  Our church conference held a national gathering in Massachusetts last summer, and we used this as an opportunity for a family trip.  A friend knew we were travelling through Chicago and recommended we visit the Art Institute.  I am so glad we did.  At one point, I was standing only a few feet from

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Pastor Ron Dazell

God never changes

  An old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in North Dakota, then just wait a few minutes.”  This saying seems to extend far beyond ND weather.  In his book, In Search of Balance, Dr. Richard Swenson wrote the past 250 years has witnessed more change than all the previous millennia combined.  World

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Our God is omnipotent

  I have heard people refer to a football offense as potent when it cannot be stopped.  A potent offense has the power and ability to move up and down the field with relative ease.  Potent means having great power, influence or effect.  Our triune God is the epitome of potent, and His potency extends

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Inconvenient love

  “I am only doing this because I love you so much.”  This is what I say when my wife or children ask me to do something I don’t particularly enjoy.  It is my way of gently protesting an inconvenient task which I am happy to do for someone I love. Jesus understands inconvenient love. 

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Our God is omnipresent

  Today we continue our quest to know God better by considering His omnipresence.  Our God is omnipresent, or present everywhere.  If one long and fancy word was not enough, let us add that God is ubiquitous, or equally everywhere.  It is not as if His hands were in one place and His feet in

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