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Pastor Ron Dazell

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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Pastor Ron Dazell

Our God is sovereign

  God is my favorite topic of conversation.  “Who is God?” is the best question to consider, and His sovereignty is one of the more challenging characteristics of God for a human to understand. God is sovereign.  There is no limit to His knowledge, presence, authority, and ability.  God knows everything (Psalms 147:5).  He even

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Our God is eternal

  On a journey to Damascus, Saul was confronted by Jesus Christ.  Saul asked the right question, “Who are you, Lord (Acts 9:5)?”  When was the last time you asked that question?  Have you ever asked it?  This article is the first of a series considering the most important question, “Who is God?” Our God

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Messianic Purpose

  We are preparing for Christmas, and the past two articles were titled Messianic Promise and Messianic Expectancy.  The birth of Christ was monumental.  His birth fulfilled thousands of years of prophetic promise.  The Christ child was met by many who eagerly expected the Messiah.  Today we consider Messianic Purpose.  Why Christmas?  Why did Jesus

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Messianic Expectancy

  The Old Testament is the historical record of God creating the world and sovereignly preparing to send the Messiah, the Savior of the world.  His promise became clearer as time marched on, and then God suddenly stopped making His promise.  The promise remained, but God stopped proclaiming it through His prophets. Most Bibles have

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Messianic Promise

  The dictionary defines promise this way – a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. Lots of people make promises, and those who make promises often hope to get something in return.  Political candidates make promises in an effort to gain your vote.  Athletes

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Give thanks in all things

  The younger me was more immune to the suffering around me.  Perhaps I have become more empathetic over the years.  The scope of my ministry work has also given me more access to the pain and brokenness of humanity.  I have sat at the bedside of people before they fearfully went under the surgeon’s

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Pastor Ron Dazell

A student of God

  My youngest daughter recently waited in a checkout line with me.  The cashier was struggling with the shopper ahead of us, so my daughter had ample opportunity to quiz me.  “Daddy, what is this?” she asked, and “Daddy, how does that work?”  There seems to be no end to her thirst for knowledge.  She

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Learning from Noah – the rainbow

  Genesis 9:13 – I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. God is the perfect balance of justice and mercy.  He is altogether holy, and He is altogether gracious.  God must take sin seriously.  He cannot simply ignore it.  God

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