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Are You Alone in Your Grief?

September 24, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

One of the greatest griefs in facing a hardship of any kind is the feeling of being alone in your grief. Misery loves company, right? Therefore grief hates being alone. In the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, Mark records that Jesus “began to be greatly distressed and troubled” (14:33). Certainly Jesus was about to endure that greatest pain and suffering any human has ever faced. But I do not think the physical pain and shame of the cross caused the greatest distress for Jesus. I believe what caused Jesus to be “greatly distressed and troubled” was the fact that he would be enduring the pain alone.... Keep Reading

Dying Well

September 17, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

John Piper would say that one of the jobs of a pastor is to prepare his people to die well. Sounds odd, doesn't it? When we consider the truth of the gospel, though, the oddity of this goal diminishes and we begin to see it as utterly Christ-exalting.... Keep Reading

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How Does Apple Affect Your Faith?

September 10, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, Apple held their annual new gadget release party yesterday. Yes, there will be a new iPhone (the 6s, "We have changed everything about these iPhones," said Tim Cook). There even will be a new style of iPad, the iPad Pro (bigger and faster than ever). Many predict that Apple will continue with strong sales as long as they continue to produce new and improved products on a regular basis.... Keep Reading

Gospel in Community

September 3, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Paul’s letter to the church at Rome arguably is the richest exposition in the Bible of God’s astonishing grace extended to sinful humans through Jesus Christ. In this letter we learn of the depth of sinful depravity that has affected every human being, the free gift of justification before God received by faith alone, the sufficiency of God’s grace to not only cover our sin but also to raise us to new life in Christ, and the eternal promise of God to bring all those who are justified to glorification in his presence. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!”... Keep Reading

Where Hope and Joy Mix

August 27, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Perhaps like you, I'm a headline reader. A few times a day I check the news' headlines, but rarely read in depth any of the stories. Even this brief perusal of current events can be overwhelming. Murders. Protests. Scandals. Foreign Upheavals. Political Bantering. Abortion Debate. Celebrity News. Far too much celebrity news. With so much pain and despair in the world, it almost seems superfluous for Christians to speak about hope and joy.... Keep Reading

Resolved for a New School Year

August 20, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

A new school year. A new season. A new chapter. We all like new beginnings, don’t we? They give us fresh opportunities to “reinvent” ourselves, turn a new leaf, and embrace new experiences. This longing for newness is evidence that things in this life and world are not as they should be. Only the power of the gospel brings the newness that “satisfies.” Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This newness, though, is not practically worked out in our lives all at once. How should we seek the newness promised in Christ?... Keep Reading

The Spirit and Your Joy

August 13, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

This summer in these Touchpoint articles I have been exploring the various aspects of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. On Sunday mornings we have been studying the Scriptural call for joy. Is there any connection between the Holy Spirit and joy? Absolutely!... Keep Reading

The Gifts of the Spirit, Part 2

August 6, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Last week we looked at the “gifts of the Spirit” as part of the manifold ministry of the Spirit to sustain us in our relationship with Christ. The Spirit works through our fellow believers within the church for our good. We made two general observations about gifts: 1. They are for the good of others in the church, and 2. Use of the gifts in the church reflect the unity and diversity of the divine relationships in the Trinity. I would like to make one more general observation this week.... Keep Reading

The Gifts of the Spirit

July 30, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

We have taken time to unpack what Sinclair Ferguson means when he says: “The heart and soul of the Spirit’s ministry is to sustain us ‘in Christ’” (The Holy Spirit, p. 100). The ministry of the Spirit does not add anything to what we have in Christ, nor does the Spirit compete with or replace Christ. The Spirit unites us to Christ and sustains us in that all-satisfying, all-sufficient relationship, through his various works.... Keep Reading

Biblical Fidelity in a Shifting Culture

July 23, 2015 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Four weeks ago the Supreme Court of the United States announced their ruling which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. While not unexpected, and the topic having been hotly debated for years both in political and ecclesiastical spheres, reactions to the ruling have been abundant and vastly variant. Some have asked for my opinion and perspective on the decision. While I am no political or cultural expert, I am a pastor, committed to the Word of God and seeking to make known God’s truth. I believe the Bible is not silent regarding God’s standards for marriage and the church’s responsibility in a shifting culture. If I call people to anything, I want to call people to be faithful to God’s revealed truth in Scripture.... Keep Reading

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