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™: DECISIONS THAT DIRECT OUR FAITH — January 26, 2015
  2. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: SPIRITUAL FRUITFULNESS — January 23, 2015
  3. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: TAKING A KNEE — January 22, 2015
  4. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: A COMPELLING VISION — January 21, 2015
  5. SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE HEARING HEART — January 20, 2015

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Jan 26 2015

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: DECISIONS THAT DIRECT OUR FAITH

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2015/01/decisions-that-direct-our-faith.html


I suspect that very few Christians make a conscious effort to depart from God. Some do no doubt get their feelings hurt over some issue or something in their life and sadly make a choice to abandon their faith, but I would think that is not the normal departure. No, I believe that for most people it is an unconscious and slow process of one compromise after the other until we (hopefully) realize we have lost the grip in our faith…

We… must be careful to review our walk with the Lord and be on guard for any signs of slipping. The Lord gives each of us free will and free choice. It is our responsibility to ground ourselves in the Word of God and therefore make decisions that bolster our faith. When we allow "only a little leaven" we find that very soon the whole batch of dough is corrupted. A little wander here and little drift there and soon we find ourselves completely off course. Take note of the "things" that make a Christian strong and practice them over and over.

-- Pastor Gary Stone


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Jan 23 2015

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: SPIRITUAL FRUITFULNESS

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2015/01/spiritual-fruitfulness.html


In all cases, fruitfulness refers to what results from what we've received, the change wrought within us and through us by the Holy Spirit, and the impact we have with our lives.  The quality of effect God has on our inner lives and the resulting outward impact we have on the lives of people around us -- these comprise spiritual fruitfulness.

When Jesus says, "I am the vine; you are the branches," He reminds us that all our fruit derive from our relationship to God in Christ.  Our fruit is God's fruit.

The word fruit refers to the way plants reproduce.  Fruit contain seeds that multiply and create life apart from the original plant and yet related to it.  Through fruit, life passes along to another generation.  Fruit is new life.  Fruit is growth.  Fruit is future.

-- Robert Schnase in Five Practices of Fruitful Living


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Jan 22 2015

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: TAKING A KNEE

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2015/01/taking-knee.html


Some football players, when they break away for a go-ahead score or cause a key third-down sack, want to be sure they get their full ESPN's worth -- the dances, the struts, the jerky moves they've been saving up for just such an opportunity.

Then there's the other approach -- the guy who rips off a long touchdown run, flips the ball back to the referee, and trots to the sideline without all the show and the secret handshakes. He lives by this code: Don't act like it's the first time you've ever seen the inside of the end zone. Look like you've been there . . . like you never expected to be anywhere else.

When Jesus returns, you can be sure there will be a lot of people doing a lot of tap dancing, trying hard to prove why their occasional big plays should be enough to earn them a spot on His team. But eventually, "every knee" will bow, "in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11). That's when the people who'd already humbled themselves before Him on earth will have no hesitation taking a knee and giving Him praise in heaven. It'll be like they've been there... like they never expected to be anywhere else. And where they'll be thankful now that there's no more penalty for excessive celebration.

-- Joe Gibbs in Two Minute Drills online devotional


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Jan 21 2015

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: A COMPELLING VISION

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-compelling-vision.html


Professor John Kotter, now retired from Harvard Business School, noted that two of the most important tasks of any leader are to cast a compelling vision for the future and then to motivate and inspire people to pursue it. That vision has to be a clear and compelling picture of where we want to go, our preferred picture of the future. Moses led the slaves out of Egypt, but that was not enough. Very quickly they grumbled and began to go back to Egypt where there were leeks and cucumbers to eat. It was at least safe there; the wilderness was hard. Moses had to constantly remind them of the vision. He said, “We’re marching to the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey, where we can worship freely, where we can love, where we can practice justice, where we can live in harmony."

A compelling vision unifies us. It excites us, it leads people to a willingness to sacrifice, and imbues them with a sense of purpose.

-- U.M. Pastor Adam Hamilton in his message at the 2013 Inaugural Prayer Service


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Jan 20 2015

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: THE HEARING HEART

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-hearing-heart.html


The hearing heart pays attention to the many ways in which God acts in our lives and in the world. God leaves metaphorical breadcrumbs that lead us along a path of God's choosing if we're paying attention. Learn to notice the gifts God gave you and watch the way your own life story is developing if you want to know more about God's will for you. God may not put a burning bush in your path, but there will be plenty of other clues about what God may want you to do or be.

The hearing heart also pays attention to its body since bodies often judge wisely long before intellects do. Stress responses -- shallow breathing or bodily discomfort versus relaxed, deep breathing and sensations of well being -- can be major clues in discerning the wrong path from the right one.

The hearing heart comes to God in prayer and study with a sense of openness to hearing God's word. Prayer is a conversation with God, one in which we are silent as often as we speak so God gets a turn to talk. With a hearing heart we listen for God's desires and dreams as often as we share our own.

-- Debra Farrington in "Alive Now" Magazine, published by The Upper Room, Nashville, TN.   Used with permission.


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Jan 19 2015

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

Original post at http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-presence-of-light.html


We are not saints, we are not heroes.  Our lives are lived in the quiet corners of the ordinary.  We build tiny hearth fires, sometimes barely strong enough to give off warmth.  But to the person lost in the darkness, our tiny flame may be the road to safety, the path to salvation.

It is not given us to know who is lost in the darkness that surrounds us or even if our light is seen.  We can only know that against even the smallest of lights, darkness cannot stand.  A sailor lost at sea can be guided home by a single candle.  A person lost in a wood can be led to safety by a flickering flame.  It is not an issue of quality or intensity or purity.  It is simply an issue of the presence of light.

-- Kent Nerburn in Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace


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