Marked by Thanksgiving

November 13, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

Many of us are familiar with the history of the Thanksgiving holiday in America. We think of the Pilgrims and the various challenges they faced in coming to the New World. We know of the Native Americans who came alongside of those early settlers and helped with cultivating life-sustaining practices. The stories tell us that, after one year in the ... Keep Reading

What Perfects You?

November 6, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

I am serving in Haiti this week, teaching a group of Haitian pastors about how all of Scripture centers on and proclaims the gospel. As I was preparing to teach this week I had the opportunity to speak with a missionary with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission about these pastors. He mentioned that one of the biggest challenges these pastors face is syncretism.... Keep Reading

Reformation Day 2014

October 30, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we sang as a congregation the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." This hymn was first penned by the Reformer, Martin Luther, in 1529. While I love this hymn, growing up I always found it odd to be singing about Satan.... Keep Reading

What Does It Mean To Take Up Your Cross?

October 23, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

When we hear Jesus' words in Mark 8:34, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me," most of us think of Jesus' cross and the significance of his death. In our minds taking up our cross must parallel Christ's death on the cross in some way.... Keep Reading

Evangelism in a Healthy Church

October 16, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

As we strive for church health, we long to "do the work of an evangelist." For a church family that means everyone is united "with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel."... Keep Reading

The Word of God Must Grow

October 9, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

The apostles of the early church esteemed the Word of God greatly, even before the Bible was complete in its final form. Peter and James state that we are given new life, become Christians, by the Word. "God brought us forth by the word of truth" (James 1:18). "You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God" (1 Pet. 1:23).... Keep Reading

Worthy of the Gospel

October 2, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

One of the most astonishing characteristics of the apostle Paul is his utter Gospel-centeredness. I pray that I can imitate Paul in my ministry and that our church would champion such a passion for the gospel.... Keep Reading

Oak Hills is Going to Haiti!

September 25, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

For the past few years our church has sent small teams to Haiti to serve in partnership with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission (NWHCM). These trips have provided eye medical care for the people of the Northwest region in Haiti, one of the most impoverished places in the Western Hemisphere. Outside of these trips the Haitians have no opportunity for medical care for their eyes.... Keep Reading

Seeking Solitude in a Busy-Full Life

September 18, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

We have all heard it said that no person says on his or her death bed, "I wish I had spent more time at the office." Usually this statement is used to encourage setting good priorities for the use of our time. Time with family and friends or in serving others often is esteemed as having greater priority. What about time in solitude? ... Keep Reading

A Prayer for Humility

September 11, 2014 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

In Psalm 39:4 David prays, "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!" This would not be a normal "prayer request"at the end of a Bible study gathering. In fact, I don't think I have ever prayed in my life, “Let me know how fleeting I am!” ... Keep Reading

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