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  • Moved Websites

    April 11, 2020 by

    I have moved back to my original website for the time being. I may move back over here to WordPress (what’s not to love about WordPress), but for my present purposes, I’m keeping everything at one website. Please check it out at DaleTedder.com. Many thanks,Dale Tedder

  • Salt and Light

    March 4, 2020 by

    Character Then Influence In his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, John Stott reminds his readers that if Matthew 5:3-12 (the Beatitudes) is about a Christian’s character, then Matthew 5:13-16 is about a Christian’s influence in this world. I have always loved the words of Matthew 5:13-16, which describe Christian influence as salt and light. These words… Read more

  • How Should I Think About My Work?

    March 4, 2020 by

    The men’s groups at my church are working their way through Pat Morley’s book, The Christian Man (make sure to check out that link). It’s an excellent book and has generated some great discussions, offered helpful encouragement and creative ideas, and even provided a little correction in our mindsets here and there. Besides the book,… Read more

  • The One True Mediator: Jesus Christ

    February 9, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 6 16. Question: Why must He be a true and righteous man? Answer: He must be a true man because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned should pay for sin.[1] He must be a righteous man because one who himself is a sinner cannot pay for… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 6

    February 9, 2020 by

    Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what he can do. (Andrew Murray) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 29:1-7·         Psalm 66·         2 Timothy 2:8-15·         Luke 17:11-19 AdorationPsalm 66:1-4 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;2     sing the glory of his name;    give to him glorious… Read more

  • Deliverance by the Only Mediator

    February 2, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 5 12. Question: Since, according to God’s righteous judgment we deserve temporal and eternal punishment, how can we escape this punishment and be again received into favor? Answer: God demands that His justice be satisfied.[1] Therefore full payment must be made either by ourselves or by another.[2] [1] Ex. 20:5; 23:7; Rom. 2:1-11. [2]… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 5

    February 2, 2020 by

    Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task. (Phillips Brooks) This Week’s Scripture·         Joel 2:23-32·         Psalm 65·         2 Timothy 4:6-18·         Luke 18:9-14AdorationPsalm 65:5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,    O God of our salvation,the hope… Read more

  • Men + Bible = Strength

    January 31, 2020 by

    The following contains notes from a Father’s Day sermon I preached several years ago on the power of men who study God’s Word together. Again, these are just notes from my sermon, not an article, so it may be a bit choppy and aggravating in that respect. However, I hope there might be some words of encouragement for you.… Read more

  • Discerning Good and Evil

    January 27, 2020 by

    Discerning Good and Evil Romans 16:17-19 –  I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds… Read more

  • The Justice of God

    January 26, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 4 9. Question: Is God, then, not unjust by requiring in His law what man cannot do?  Answer: No, for God so created man that he was able to do it.[1] But man, at the instigation of the devil,[2] in deliberate disobedience[3] robbed himself and all his descendants of these… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 4

    January 26, 2020 by

    At the profoundest depths in life, men talk not about God but with him. (D. Elton Trueblood) This Week’s Scripture·         Lamentations 1:1-6·         Psalm 137·         2 Timothy 1:1-14·         Luke 17:5-10AdorationLuke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could… Read more

  • The Cause of Our Sin and Misery

    January 19, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 3 6. Question: Did God, then, create man so wicked and perverse? Answer: No, on the contrary, God created man good[1] and in His image,[2] that is, in true righteousness and holiness,[3] so that he might rightly know God His Creator,[4] heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness to praise and… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 3

    January 19, 2020 by

    As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray. (Martin Luther) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15·         Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16·         1 Timothy 6:6-19·         Luke 16:19-31AdorationPsalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will abide in the… Read more

  • Knowledge of Sin and Misery

    January 12, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 2 3.Question: From where do you know your sins and misery? Answer: From the law of God.[1] [1] Rom. 3: 20; 4. Question: What does God’s law require of us? Answer: Christ teaches us this in a summary in Matthew 22: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Week 2

    January 12, 2020 by

    Lord, we beseech thee, give ear to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkness of our heart, by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (Thomas Cranmer) This Week’s Scripture·         Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1·         Psalm 79:1-9 or Psalm 4·         1 Timothy 2:1-7·         Luke 16:1-13AdorationPsalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation,    for the glory… Read more

  • Beware of Double-Mindedness

    January 8, 2020 by

    James 1:8 – he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. How Wide are the Gaps? Let me ask you a few questions that relate to this issue of being double-minded. ·     Are you the same person at home with your family as you are at church?·     Are you the same person at church as… Read more

  • Growing in Grace

    January 7, 2020 by

    This booklet is the second in a series on basic discipleship principles for men. Becoming a new creature in Christ is just the beginning of our walk with Christ, not the end of it. God wants to do more in our lives than save us for eternity, as wonderful as that will be. He wants… Read more

  • Spiritual Goals 2020

    January 6, 2020 by

    Spiritual Goals 2020 Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. There is so much opportunity to grow in our relationship with Christ together… * To know him better* To love him more* To become more like him, and* To follow him more faithfully in every sphere of our lives. That’s very… Read more

  • Why Return to Worldly Principles?

    January 6, 2020 by

    Galatians 4:9 – But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? A Change of Address When we lived in darkness – when we were of the world – it made perfect sense that… Read more

  • A Prayer of Thanksgiving

    January 5, 2020 by

    O Lord, we give you thanks that you have not left us in the dark to grope blindly through this world. Instead, in your grace and love you have given us your commandments. Help us keep them to the end. Enable us, in your strength, to keep your law and observe it with all our… Read more

  • My Only Comfort in Life and Death

    January 5, 2020 by

    The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 1 1. Question: What is your only comfort in life and death? Answer: That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free… Read more

  • Prayer Journal: Day 1

    January 5, 2020 by

    “Let God have your first awaking thoughts; lift up your thoughts to Him reverently and thankfully for the rest enjoyed the night before and cast yourself upon Him for the day which follows.” (Richard Baxter) Adoration Psalm 27:4One thing have I asked of the Lord,    that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house… Read more

  • Books on Prayer

    January 3, 2020 by

    A Little Help for a Friend A friend once asked me to suggest a good book or two on prayer. I decided it might be worth a blog post with a few thoughts on the subject sprinkled throughout. This list is by no means comprehensive. It’s not necessarily even the best list. But it’s a list… Read more

  • Work Matters

    January 3, 2020 by

    Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Workby Tom NelsonChapter Highlights Below are some of the highlights from the first chapter of a great book entitled, Work Matters by Tom Nelson. I would encourage you to buy this book and read it a couple of times if you’ve ever spent much time thinking about the intersection of your work… Read more

  • Take Jesus at His Word

    January 2, 2020 by

    John 4:50 – Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. If the Royal Official CouldThe royal official didn’t first wait for a miracle before he believed. He didn’t wait for Jesus to first “prove himself” worthy of trust. He took Jesus at his word.… Read more

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