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™: CHRISTIAN GRIEF — September 17, 2014
  2. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE PEACE OF CHRIST — September 16, 2014
  3. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: PATIENT WAITING — September 15, 2014
  4. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: GOOD INFECTION – Part 2 — September 12, 2014
  5. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: GOOD INFECTION – Part 1 — September 11, 2014

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Sep 17 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: CHRISTIAN GRIEF

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/09/christian-grief.html


“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13 NRSV).

When I was a young minister, a person informed me that Christians do not grieve. He said grief showed a lack of faith. He used this verse as his proof text, which he quoted this way: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve.” It's amazing how we can make the Bible say what we want by stopping where we like. Paul acknowledged that Christians grieve the death of loved ones. However, Christian grief is hope-saturated. It is not the hopeless grief borne by those outside of Christ.

-- Craig Loscalzo


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Sep 16 2014

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

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-peace-of-christ.html


"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…" (Colossians 15a, 16a NIV)

Colossians 3:15 could be translated "Let the peace of Christ act as a referee in your hearts…" When a player breaks a rule in a football game, the referee blows his whistle to stop the play and make the necessary adjustments before the game can continue. A lack of peace about either large decisions or daily choices is like a referee blowing a whistle. It means you should stop before you move ahead to find out what's wrong -- to discern why you have this lack of peace, this conflict in your heart or with other people. To do this consistently, ask God to make you aware of your feelings and how you affect others. And be willing to slow down and take note of what God is saying to you.

-- Warren and Ruth Myers in Discovering God's Will


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Sep 15 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: PATIENT WAITING

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/09/patient-waiting.html


Jesus said, "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven." (Luke 24:49 NIV)

A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live out the situation to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us... Patient people dare to stay where they are. Patient living means to live actively in the present and wait there... nurturing the moment.

-- Henri J.M. Nouwen in an article titled "A Spirituality of Waiting"


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Sep 12 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: GOOD INFECTION – Part 2

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/09/good-infection-part-2.html


But how is [one] to be united to God? How is it possible for us to be taken into the three-Personal life?

…We are not begotten by God, we are only made by Him: in our natural state we are not [children] of God, only (so to speak) statues. We have not got Zoe or spiritual life: only Bios or biological life which is presently going to run down and die. Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. If we do, we shall then be sharing a life which was begotten, not made, which always has existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be [children] of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy [Spirit] will arise in us. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other [human beings] the kind of life He has -- by what I call ‘good infection’. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.

-- C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity


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Sep 11 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: GOOD INFECTION – Part 1

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/09/good-infection-part-1.html


And now, what does it all matter? It matters more than anything else in the world. The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three-Personal life is to be played out in each one of us: or (putting it the other way round) each one of us has got to enter that pattern, take his place in that dance. There is no other way to the happiness for which we were made. Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection, if you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. Once a [person] is united to God, how could [one] not live forever? Once a [person] is separated from God, what can [one] do but wither and die?

-- C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity


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Sep 10 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: CHRIST’S POWER IN ME

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2014/09/christs-power-in-me.html


"I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, My power is made perfect in you.' So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me."  (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NCV)

God has somehow placed into the Christian's insides a special something, that extra inner reservoir of power that is more than a match for the stuff life throws at us.  When in operation, phenomenal accomplishments are achieved, some things even miraculous.

--  Charles Swindoll in Come before Winter


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