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Stuff That Won’t Save You: Punishing Yourself

  Fire fascinated me when I was young, and our wood stove provided ample opportunity to stoke my interest.  I enjoyed waking before the rest of my family to start the fire in the morning.  I often put a glass door on the stove when I started the fire.   I loved the dancing flames and

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A Word for Our High School Graduates

Congratulations to everybody graduating from high school this spring.  Graduates, you have spent a good portion of your lives in a classroom.  You have worked hard.  You have read books, written essays, and taken countless exams.  Your diploma certifies that you have met the educational requirements for graduation.  Your diploma also opens many doors of

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Stuff That Won’t Save You: Mysticism

The Greek philosopher, Plato, believed human souls existed in the celestial world prior to their physical birth.  It was his belief that man was sentenced to physical life because of sin and must be purified through reincarnation before returning to a pure state of being outside of the physical realm.  Plato was strongly influenced from

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Thank the Lord for Godly Women

  My professional career as a teacher and administrator began at a rural Christian school in North Dakota.  The other teachers were all women.  I will never forget what one of them said to me, “We are praying you get married and have all girls.”  They believed my demeanor could use a little softening, and

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Stuff That Won’t Save You: Church Rituals.

  Israel and Judah flourished in the middle of the eighth century BC.  Both kingdoms, Israel to the north and Judah to the south, had expanded their territories and secured their borders.  The superpowers of their day, Egypt and Assyria, were preoccupied elsewhere, and Israel and Judah were free to increase trade and revenue.  They

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Stuff That Won’t Save You: Personal Morality.

  Eldon Riley was a good man.  He was a caring father and was active in the lives of his three daughters.  He was a 4H leader, a foster parent, and was active in the Optimist Club, fair association, Knights of Columbus, and his church.  If there was ever a good person, it was Riley. 

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Hearing it again for the first time

  Praise God for music.  Music touches hearts, stirs emotions, and permanently plants information in our minds.  I love all kinds of music, but I am amazed how often I hear the lyrics incorrectly.  And I am not alone.  I remember a comedy sketch where people were interviewed on the street.  They listened to a

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Submitting to the love of God

  The waffle iron was hot, and the table was set.  I just needed my daughters to arise from their slumber, so we could have breakfast.  I found open eyes as I entered one daughter’s room.  She was awake, and she was enjoying the comfort of her bed.  I leaned over to kiss her and

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Let us pray

  As a pastor, I receive many unexpected phone calls.  Some people call to announce good news.  Others are seeking love and care when tragedy strikes.  Sometimes I get a call like this, “Pastor Ron, I have been reading my Bible and I feel like I need to get right with God.  What do I

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The simple truth

  I come from a family of storytellers.  We thoroughly enjoy sitting around the table and telling stories.  There are stories about our childhood as well as our grandparents, and there are plenty of stories about hunting and fishing.  It seems to me that the length of the story is often indirectly proportional to its

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We all need some resurrection power

  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the

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Blessing God with our pursuit of unity

  I love being a husband and a father.  One of my great joys is to come home from work and see my family loving each other.  I remember coming home on a day when all of my children were playing together in one of the bedrooms with the door closed.  I crept toward the

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Pastor Ron Dazell

The work of the Holy Spirit continues.

  Jesus told His disciples it would be better for them when He departed, because He would send the Holy Spirit after He ascended into heaven (John 16:7). “And He (Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and

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It is better for you that I depart

  Jesus chose twelve ordinary men to follow Him as His disciples.  I love everything about that.  I love that Jesus chose ordinary men from various professions who had diverse natural abilities and interests.  I love that Jesus focused deeply on training a few.  I love Jesus’ heart for His guys, and I love their

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Pursuing holiness together

  I recently began to take greater interest in my physical health.  I watched the quantity and quality of the food I ate, and I eliminated drinks with sugar.  I felt better after losing some weight, and I realized I also needed to start exercising.  I desired to make better use of my gym membership,

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