Daily Faith Builder Link For Today

Greetings,
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Please join us in praying for so many areas of devastation in our Country

California
Louisiana
Mississippi
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
New York

And the withdrawal from Afghanistan!
And obviously our struggle with COVID!
 
please resolve Washington GRIDLOCK!
 
We also pray for all those whose lives were changed forever by the tragic events of 9/11.
 
Lord please wake us up from our spiritual slumber!
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DFB LINKS (10/23 back to 10/10):

10/23

Bringing People To Jesus. (10/23)

10/22

The Steadfast Love… (10/22)

10/21

Racial Reconciliation. (10/21)

10/20

Love Is The Way. (10/20)

10/19

It Takes Patience. (10/19)

10/18

Your Words. (10/18)

10/17

Why Are You A Methodist? (10/17)

10/16

The Handwriting On The Wall. (10/16)

10/15

Where Are You? (10/15)

10/14

Transformation. (10/14)

10/13

Christian Holiness. (10/13)

10/12

He Holds US Together. (10/12)

10/11

Lord, Help My Unbelief! (10/11)

10/10

What He Gives Us. (10/10)

 
 
God Bless You,
Dale
 


The Fruits Will Come. (9/1)

1 September

12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. – Psalm 84:12

 

Sometimes it is easy to place our trust in Jesus.  Memories of how He has care for us are fresh in our minds; things are going well in life; and God’s plan makes sense to us.  But at other times trusting in the Lord does not come easily.  Jesus feels very far away; the things going on in our lives make us wonder about God’s commitment to caring for us, God seems silent, or the way in which Jesus is leading us makes little sense.  Choosing to trust Jesus when trust does not come easily takes work.  But God always blesses our work.  Whether it is difficult or easy to trust in the Lord, when we place our confidence in Christ’s care for us we will receive the blessings of Jesus’ peace, Jesus’ protection’ and Jesus’ perspective.  They may not come right away, but I promise you, they will come.

 

Sincerely,

Pastor Ric 

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A Pastor’s Appreciation. (8/19)

19 August

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. – Philippians 1:3

 

You are a gift from God.  Your life has enriched my life.  Your perseverance through tough times has shown me the strength that God gives to His children.  Your joy which puts a smile on your heart for all the world to see is inspiring.  Your commitment to growing more in love with God teaches me what it means to be a Christian.  Your integrity calls me to live a life of character.  I thank my God for YOU.  Thank you for being God’s great gift.

 

Sincerely,

Pastor Ric

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Peace and Grace. (8/18)

18 August

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:2

 

Grace is God’s constant love for us, care over us, commitment to us and provision of our every need.  We are the recipients of this wonderful grace not because we deserve it but because God is indescribably generous towards us. It is this wonderful grace that brings us peace.  So grace which is God’s gift to us brings us peace which is also God’s gift to us.  The lavish generosity of our Great God is extraordinary.  Please take some time today to celebrate the ways God pours grace and peace upon and into your life.

 

Sincerely,

Pastor Ric

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Are You A Helper or a Blamer. (8/17)

17 August

Read: Psalm 83:1-4

Doesn’t the world look far more chaotic and messed up than it was just a week ago? Nature-made and human-made disasters have occurred all at once making it feel like we are powerless. Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti, the Arkansans, those in the way of the Dixie Fire in California, and the victims of violent crime, especially gun violence, oh, and least I forget, the surge in COVID cases especially among the unvaccinated. We spend our energy blaming but extraordinarily little time addressing the problem and cry out for a divine intervention, only to meet, we think with the sound of silence.

God is never silent. God is actively working to bring good out of every situation by using us to be his mouth, hands, and feet. One of my favorite quotes  by Fred Rogers, the late children’s entertainer, and advocate (did you know he was an ordained Presbyterian minister?), is the advice his mother gave him. “Whenever you are scared amid tragedy, look to the helpers. You will always find people who are helpers.”  As Christians, are we helpers? Or are we part of the silent onlookers looking to blame? 

Rev. Robert A. Knebel, D. Min.

United Methodist Pastor

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The End of Our Rope is NOT The End of Our Hope! (8/16)

16 August

 

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

In our Scripture reading today, Paul reminds us that while we may be at the end of our rope we are never at the end of our hope.  Despite temptations, pains and sufferings we may experience we can be assured that God will never abandon us.   How do we know this?  Because Christ has won the victory over sin and death and gives us eternal life.  So, no matter what pain, humiliation or trial we experience in life, Christ will use that as an opportunity to reveal his power and presence through us.

 

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Rev. Robert A. Knebel, D. Min.

United Methodist Pastor

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Your Green Pasture. (8/15)

15 August

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul.– Psalm 23:1-3a

 

Our bodies and spirits are inseparably connected.  When our body is refreshed our spirit is vibrant.  When our spirit is refreshed our body is strong.  Jesus our Good Shepherd is with us every day to refresh our spirits.  On this morning, Jesus is inviting you to relax in a special green pasture place of refreshment.  What does this green pasture look like for you?  While you are enjoying that green pasture place, Jesus will quench your thirst with the quiet waters of God’s refreshing love.

 

 

Sincerely,

Pastor Ric

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Whose Hair. (8/14)

14 August

Ezra 9:2-3 NIV

[2] They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”

[3] When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled.

Nehemiah 13:25 (AMP)

[25] So I contended with them and cursed them and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters [in marriage] to their sons, nor take [any of] their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.

When you see God’s people caught up in dramatic, blatant sin, WHOSE HAIR DO YOU PULL OUT?  YOURS?  or THEIRS?

In closing, I will share that I heard the verses (from Ezra and Nehemiah) and question a long time ago from some preacher who was passing through the church we attended.  I have often smiled when I have tried to envision these two men in their radical responses to the SIN around them — I mean, isn’t “pulling out hair” a bit over the top?  Have you ever yanked hair out of your body?  Out of curiosity, as I was writing this, this morning, I took a pair of pliars and yanked a very small patch out of my arm — there is nothing humorous about this!

In general I wonder if we as Christians (I will speak first for myself), have grown too tolerant of sin?  Are we loosing our saltiness?  Have we become blinded by the sin’s deceitfulness?  Bill Gothard and many other well known preachers are a clear example of this.  The men started with such a vibrant ministries, and ended in discrace.  How sad!

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord, please  help us NOT get caught in the entanglements of SIN.  Please deliver us from all evil!

FOR FURTHER REFLECTION

Revelation 3:14-22 NIV

[14] “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. [15] I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! [16] So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. [17] You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. [18] I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. [19] Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. [20] Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. [21] To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. [22] Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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Life in The Midst of Conflict. (8/13)

13 August

Read:  1 Corinthians 6

When studying the text from I Corinthians 6, scholars will focus Paul’s understanding of the role of the church and government especially when it comes to settling disputes between individuals. I think the passage goes much deeper to call us to be a people of prayer, mercy, forgiveness, and grace.  If we have a grievance against a brother or sister, Paul reminds us  first to bring this grievance to God in prayer. Of course, there are times when our grievance cannot be resolved without the intervention of a court, but this passage helps us understand that God should be the center of our lives, conflict, and all. How in our divisions and conflicts can we keep God in the center of our lives? How can you be a person of God’s grace and forgiveness? 

Rev. Robert A. Knebel, D. Min.

United Methodist Pastor

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More From Psalm 57. (8/12)

12 August

Read:  Psalm 57

Today, I want to reflect on the first lines from Psalm 57 that reads: Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,  for in you my soul takes refuge;”   At one time or another we have all made the same plea to God, “be merciful to me.”   When we, like the psalmist makes the plea to God for mercy we do so with the confidence that, in the words of author Anne Lamont, “the tenderheartedness of my relationship with God, the extreme forgiveness of God and, of course, the wonderfully low standards of God so that even someone like me is completely adored and welcomed in the great shalom of God wanting us” (interview in The Washington Post, 4.14.2017).   

Rev. Robert A. Knebel, D. Min.

United Methodist Pastor

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