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Dr. Dale Blog Posts

Dr. Dale Blog Posts

How well are you listening?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on May 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM

"To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words." Steven Covey


If you are not sure, ask what you think is beneath the words. In other words, when uncertain about a negative perception, verify by sharing  this.  Is it true or a misperception? Ask. Ask. Ask. Clarify your assumtions!

Righteousness?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on September 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM


Simply said...


Righteousness?


Contemplating the way to go? God's way or your way? God's way or the way of the world?


Abundant living awaiting you, but it must be His way.

 

“In the way of righteousness, there is life.” Proverbs 12:28a

Laziness?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on September 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM


Simply said...


Laziness?


Getting lazy? Sluggish? Dependent? There is a cost!


“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in bondage.” Proverbs 12:24

 


Lying Tongue?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on September 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM


Simply said...


Lying Tongue?


Are you being truthful? Somehow our lies find us out, if not now, later.


“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.” Proverbs 12:19

 


Reckless Words?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM


Simply said...


Reckless Words?


Our words can make or break a life. What about your words?


“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18

 


Are You Listening?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on August 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM


Simply said...


Are you listening?


It is often difficult to listen to the honest critique of another. I know, I have been there.


What's keep you from being open to others ideas and suggestions? Do you always have to be right? Is it all about you? Could there be other ways, options and routes? What is God wanting?


“The way of a fool seems right to themselves, but a wise person listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:6

 


Speaking of a fool...

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on August 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Speaking of a fool...


Could that be you? I know I have been a fool many times. Here is a check list to see how you are doing. Possibly, you will stop playing the fool! It hurts others and ultimately hurts you!


Proverbs 18

 


A fool…


• Finds no pleasure in understanding others.

• Delights in airing their own opinions.

• Answers before listening.


 

“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge. The ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15

 

Right Living - Pay off

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on August 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

God is not looking for perfectionism, but intent. What is the intent of your heart? Your motives, desires and purpose? Is it to honor God in all you think, say and do?


Integrity and righteous living are evaporating from the lifestyles of many today. If we seek to live a healthy, wholesome and God-honoring life the rewards will come. Read from from Proverbs 10


Guidance & Reward

 

• Integrity of the righteous (those seeking to live right with God) will guide them.

 

• Sow in righteousness (living in a right relationship with God), reap a sure reward.

 

Honor God and others with your life. God is working everything out for your good and His glory. 

 

Embrace this part of your life story. It will be for His glory!

 

A Proof of Genuine Love

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

A Genuine Proof of Love


“Whoever forgives an offense promotes love.”Proverbs 17:9


Love is proven by our words and deeds. Forgiveness is a genuine proof of grace, mercy and love.


Are you passing the love test? If so, you must forgive those you say you love! If not, you lose. You'll become toxic, eroding with the effects of your own revenge, bitterness and unforgiveness. It is your choice today. Forgiveness is a true act of love. Just do it!

 

“If we don’t get to God, invaluable treasures will be lost. We lose God’s unfailing love and incredible forgiveness” (Daily Office, 2008, p.2).

 

“Lord may your will, not my will be done in my life. Help me to listen to you and grant me the courage to faithfully surrender to you” (Daily Office, 2008, p.6).

 

The Skunk Test

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Skunk Test

 

Skunks smell. Sometimes, we smell too, by the lives we live. We smell of deceit, arrogance, selfishness, greed, disrespect, abuse, and on and on it goes. So when the skunk test comes, will there be any odor displeasing to God and hurtful to others?

 

“The Lord tests the heart.” Proverbs 17:3b

 

The Lord often tests our hearts in moments of stress, adversity, frustration and just not getting our way. We are tested in areas of honesty, consistency, compassion, fidelity, finances, love, communication, commitment, hurt, betrayal, bitterness, selfishness, greed, purity, obedience, humility, etc.

 

So, how are you doing? Are you passing the skunk test for an odorless Christ-like living? Where is darkness taking over? What could be hindering your relationship with God and others? Is there any room in your heart for Jesus?

 

Why don’t you give God all your heart now! Release your fear, guilt, shame and life completely to Him. He will forgive you and fill your heart with His Spirit, love, peace, purpose and power, resulting in greater fulfillment, favor and blessings for your life?

 

“Lord, help me to see how much I lose when I lose you. My perspective on my life and all of life gets distorted when I don’t make space for you, obscuring your love for me” (Daily Office, 2008, p. 3).

 

“Our goal is to love God with our whole being, to be consistently conscious of God through our daily life (Daily Office, 2008, p.12).

 

For the glory of God,

DG

Is it all about me?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Is life all about me? Could it be that life is not all about me, but about "Thee". Just think about it. All life comes from Thee, God. All life depends upon Thee, God for its sustanance, sanity and survival. The bottom line: "me" without "Thee" will end up paying a dear price. There is no room in our lives for pride, selfishness and greed. These are deadend roads to broken lives and relationships.


Proverbs 16 (excerpts)

“The Lord detest the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished…Pride goes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before the fall… Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.”


There is a better way. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up!

Forsaken

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

In my Bible reading today, I was reminded of God's heart for the forsaken. Possibly this will bless you today. -- Dr. Dale


Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”


We all have been forsaken, hurt and betrayed by someone, parents and others. Life is like that. It's going to happen. Sometimes, the wounds of the soul go very deep. They're never erased and remaiing in the archives of our broken memories. However, the pain can be diminished by embracing God's heart for you. No matter what you have experienced, God's heart was broken, too.


Prayer: Thank you Lord for helping me through the times of rejection, hurt, and betrayal being hurt and forsaken by others. It has only strengthened Our relationship. You are the Father I need. You provide me with a mother’s heart of love and comfort. Thank you for being here for me.


P.S. Hold on to this truth for you: "I will see the goodness of the Lord. I will wait for the Lord; be strong, take heart and wait upon the Lord." Ps 27:14

 

Sell Out

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

“The devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, ‘All this I will give you,if you throw yourself down and worship me.’ Jesus said, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord God and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him and the angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:8-10

 

What would you do if you could have everything you wanted? That would be a hard one to turn down. But, if it meant selling out on God, family and friends to the to the devil would it be worth it?


Is worldly temptation knocking on your door right now? Don’t be fooled. Don't give in. There will be a price. Just ask all those who have gone before you.The carnage of broken lives, marriages and families are strewn everywhere.The choice is yours. Don't let the Devil have victory over your life, relationships and calling.

 

My God

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I recently read Psalm 23. After reading and reflecting upon it, I decided to write how it personally applies to me. This is the God I love and worship. What about you? Possibly you may want to reflect on this for yourself and/or read Psalm 23 and write your own personal application.


My God


The Lord is my great and wonderful Shepherd, Guide, Strength, Provider and Protector.


He gives me all I need with His peace, purpose and power in my life.


He makes me lie down in lush, safe and secure pastures of life.


He leads me beside quiet, restful, and refreshing waters.


He restores my broken heart and soul.


He directs me on the paths of righteous living for His name sake.


Even though I walk through vallye of the shadow of doubt, distress and struggles, I will not fear.


He continually counsels and comfoorts me.


He anoints my heart with the oil of joy..


His unfailing goodness and love surround me all the days of my life.


He will forever be my loving Lord, almighty God and everlasting Father.


Amen.


Urgent Change

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Today in my reading I came across these writings.  

 

“Produce fruit in keeping repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:8-10

 

The word repentance caught my attention. As I did some research into the original Greek language, this is what I discovered.


Repentance (3341- metanoia) literally means "to think after" and implies a complete change of heart, attitude, interest, and direction; conveying a sense of urgency.


What a powerful word. Repentance. It is so deep. It’s a genuine understanding of our sinful thoughts, behavior and words. It’s an urgent need to change our mind, heart, attitude, interest and direction in our life and relationships.

 

So what are the consequences to a lack of genuine repentance in our life and relationships?

 

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”Matthew 3: 8-10

 

This is serious stuff. Is the ax already at the root of your life, relationships and even your career path? Many lives and relationships continue to fail over a lack of genuine transformation. This is a genuine, unfailing effort toward deep change. It’s an unrelenting change of the heart, mind, attitudes, choices, direction, and relating.

 

Do we truly understand the urgency of change, transformation necessary for new life, renewal, reconciliation and restoration? We have a choice today! What will yours be?

 

  • What area of your life is God breaking you?


  • What do you need to do to get right with God, others and yourself?


  • What's the cost if you don’t?


  • What can you do now, to show consistent heartfelt change of thought, actions and words?

 

His Purpose

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Never forget:


“Many are the plans of a person’s life, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs19:21


Thank you Lord for your eternal purposes which prevail over my earthly plans. May I listen attentively to your voice, and not resist your purpose for me. May your purpose be my purpose, right now, and in every way.

 

Forgiveness

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“… Jesus will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21


Thought: Jesus will save me from my sins personally and eternally. Thank you for the forgiveness of all of my sins.


Prayer: O thank you Lord Jesus for saving me from my sins. You have taken away the guilt, disgrace and shame. You have reconciled me to God and have given me peace, purpose and power to overcome. I no longer need to live in my sin, you have redeemed me from the power of sin over me. Thank you Lord Jesus. I love you.

 

Application: Do you need forgiveness? What shame, guilt and disgrace are you carring today? Jesus died for you and rose from the grave to give you peace, purpose, power and eternal life. What are you wating for? Ask Him to forgive you, to redeem, restore and renew and your life, relationships and shattered dream. He loves you with and everlasting love!

 

Struggling with Destructive Behavior

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Why is there so much struggle with disobedience, disrespect and disillusionment today? There can be many answers for this, but one thing for sure, without a healthy and loving relationship with God, it will not get better.


Immorality, disobedience and destructive lifestyles and relationships are epidemic today. But, where is God in this, especially for those who claim to know him? If we know God, our lives should reveal it.


The scriptures are clear that our lack of adoration, gratitude, humility and love towards God can lead to God giving us over to our own immoral, unhealthy and disgraceful life style.(Romans 1:21-32)


So how is your relationship with God? Could some of your struggles be directly related to your constant neglect, disrespect and ingratitude toward God? 


God deserves your best. He is your Creator who has endowed you with great potential, promise and a future hope. How are you showing your love and obedience for God?  


Here is what possibly awaits those who live life without loving God!


  • Evil – A profoundly immoral and destructive  lifestyle
  • Greed – An overwhelming desire to have more of something than is actually needed
  • Depravity – A state of moral corruption; immoral, decadent
  • Envy – Resentful or unhappy feeling, wanting what others have
  • Strife –Bitter, angry conflict or rivalry; fighting or disagreement with others
  • Deceit – Dishonesty, pretense, cheating; act or practice of deceiving or misleading others
  • Malice – Hatred, cruel; the intention or desire to cause harm or pain to others
  • Gossiping – Idle talk; negative  and spiteful conversation about others
  • Slandering –Saying something false and damaging about others
  • Insolent – Being rude; showing a lack of respect in speech and behavior
  • Arrogant –Conceited; feeling or showing self-importance, contempt or disregard for others
  • Disobedience– Defiance or waywardness; refusing or failing to obey
  • Faithless – Disloyal, untrustworthy, unfaithful; not to be trusted or relied on
  • Heartless – Showing no kindness or care


Are you seeing any of these in your life and relationships? If so, where is God in your life and relationships? Give your heart back to God.


Give Him your heart, life and relationships? Is it worth living a destructive, sinful and stuck life.


Give Him your heart today. Give it all to Him, now!


He loves you more than you can imagine.

 

Together in this journey of life,

Dr. Dale Goodman

At The Crossroad of your Life

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on December 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Just for you today. Be blessed and believe.

 

Be willing to go out on a limb with God. If that is where He’s leading you, it's the safest place to be. Your desire to live a risk-free life is a form of disbelief. You are approaching a crossroad in your journey. In order to follow Him wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe. Let God lead you step by step. If your primary focus is on Him, you can walk along perilous paths without being afraid. As long as you stay close to God, His sovereign presence will protect you wherever you go. Source: Jesus Calling 12.9


Make Jesus the focal point of your search forsecurity. In your private thoughts, youare still trying to order your world so that it is predictable and feels safe.When you feel insecure and unsteady reach out to Jesus for your support andlive in complete dependence upon Christ alone.  Source: Jesus Calling, 12.10


A note of encouragement from God…


Do not fear, for I amwith you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and helpyou. I will uphold you. I will never ever forsake You. You are my child. I willtake care of you. Just believe. Everything will work out. You’re not alone. Iam with you. I will always be with you. You’re mine.

 

Love always,


ABBA-DADDY

Isaiah 41:10

Psalm 9:10b

 

Stuck in the Middle

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on October 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Stuck in the middle. Sitting on the fence. Fly forward not backward.


So easy to look back and consider it as a better way. It may be wishfulthinking or memorializing the past, but it is not our future.


Sometimes when we see a dip in our finances, we look back, and think itwould be easier with our family up north. Easy to look back. But is life reallythere? Maybe. But not life God’s way. Don't get caught looking back. Be still.Stay focused. Look forward.


"Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead." Philippians 3:13