Rev. Dave Wilkinson

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Name: Rev. Dave Wilkinson
Date registered: June 8, 2012
URL: http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: HELPING OTHERS GROW — October 21, 2014
  2. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE ISSUE OF OWNERSHIP — October 20, 2014
  3. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: STEWARDSHIP IS RESPONSE — October 17, 2014
  4. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: PARTS OF ONE WHOLE — October 16, 2014
  5. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: MOLDING OUR MINDS — October 15, 2014

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Oct 21 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: HELPING OTHERS GROW

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/10/helping-others-grow.html


For years my “bucket list” included enrolling in the Master Gardener program supported by Purdue Universityin my home state of Indiana. Not until I paid my registration fee, bought the necessary tools, and attended my first meeting did I learn the depth of the curriculum.

This serious business involved much more than trading tips on where to plant perennials or how to eradicate beetles. To earn my “badge” as a Master Gardener, I would have to study the contents of a thick 3-ring binder, agree to apply my new knowledge not just to my own backyard but also to a public green space, and abide by the group’s mission statement. The wording of the latter surprised me. The statement didn’t ask me to help others grow plants; instead, it asked me to “help others grow.” …

As followers of Christ we study God’s Word and apply it in our everyday lives. But our responsibility doesn’t stop there. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we assume an obligation to pass our faith on to others. We accept as our mission the charge “to help others grow.”

-- Holly G. Miller in The Upper Room Disciplines 2013: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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Oct 20 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE ISSUE OF OWNERSHIP

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-issue-of-ownership.html


The critical issue of ownership undergirds our theology of giving and stewardship. To whom do the material goods and wealth we enjoy ultimately belong? I'm not talking about the legal right of ownership, but rather the faith-perspective -- stewardship -- that's rooted in thousands of years of Judeo-Christian theology and practice.

Fundamentally, we either consider the material things in our life -- our money, house, property -- as owned by God and belonging to God, and we manage them for God's purposes, or we view them as owned by us. If they are owned by God, then our tithes and offerings represent our returning to God what belongs to God already. What we keep also belongs to God, and we feel obligated to spend it wisely and not frivolously, and to invest it in ways that do not dishonor God's purposes. We try not to waste money or to live more lavishly than we should. We spend responsibly, allowing our relationship with God to form our minds. We manage God's resources as faithfully as we can.

-- Robert Schnase in Five Practices of Fruitful Living


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Oct 17 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: STEWARDSHIP IS RESPONSE

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/10/stewardship-is-response.html


Stewardship is what we do with all we have, all we are, and all we can become. It is a spiritual journey in life, responding to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.

-- Douglas M. Lawson


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Oct 16 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: PARTS OF ONE WHOLE

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/10/parts-of-one-whole.html


Most of our conflicts and difficulties come from trying to deal with the spiritual and practical aspects of our life separately instead of realizing them as parts of one whole.  If our practical life is centered on our own interests, cluttered up by possessions, distracted by ambitions, passions, wants and worries, beset by a sense of our own rights and importance, or anxieties for our own future, or longings for our own success, we need not expect that our spiritual life will be a contrast to all this.  The soul's house is not built on such a convenient plan; there are few soundproof partitions in it.  Only when the conviction -- not merely the idea -- that the demand of the Spirit, however inconvenient, rules the whole of it, will those objectionable noises die down which have a way of penetrating into the nicely furnished little oratory and drowning all the quieter voices by their din.

-- Evelyn Underhill in The Spiritual Life


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Oct 15 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: MOLDING OUR MINDS

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/10/molding-our-minds.html


"Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity." (Romans 12:2 Phillips)

If we consider the lives of Christians in their churches, we so often find that they make good sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, employers, and employees -- they have many individual virtues; but they have no way of life other than that which has been imposed upon them by their environment.  It is their sociological conditions, their social class, their neighborhood, their national characteristics, rather than their Christian faith, which determine their outlook and values: they are an overwhelming demonstration that it is the economic conditions and background of one's life which determine what one is and what one will think.  This is an intolerable condition, and so long as it persists we shall not be able to make any impact on the world, because it will be abundantly clear that it is the world which is making its impact upon us.

-- Douglas Rhymes in The Place of the Laity in the Parish


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Oct 14 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE AMBIGUOUS GIFTS OF SUFFERING

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-ambiguous-gifts-of-suffering.html


"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us." (Romans 5:3-5 RSV)

One of the ambiguous gifts of our suffering (and they are ambiguous: they are gifts, and we would never have chosen them) is that it enlarges our perspective.  Petty complaints we had seem unimportant. People with whom we thought we had nothing in common become special friends.  Vocational prowess drops down on the list of our life's priorities; relationships are what matter.

At the same time that we feel more profoundly and gratefully connected to friends and family, we have a sense that all of us dwell in mystery, that we are connected to earth and sky, to the rhythms of the universe, to the whole range of living things in ways we do not understand.

Maybe I can relinquish my "white knuckle" grip on life, and trust that all will be well.

-- Martha Whitmore Hickman in Healing After Loss


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