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A Tale of Two Commandments

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“Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing way, and the true light is already shining.” 1 John 2:7-8


“We hear about those as just went on – and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end.  You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same – like Mr. Bilbo.  But those aren’t always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in.  I wonder what sort of tale we have fallen into?" Sam Gamgee the hobbit


2022 Manual DBO Schedule: 

Part 1 The Kingdom is at War

Part 2 You were created for Victory

Part 3 Building Disciple Makers


We have covered these three parts and now, we move into the home stretch, the part where all of these come together in our own lives, our own stories. From here on out, you will need to ponder Sam’s words for yourself, what sort of a tale have I fallen into? 


It was easy to write those DBO’s on the Kingdom being at war and you were made for victory; but when we came to part 3, building disciple makers, that was tough, some of the toughest writing I had to do because while it was about Them, it was about the part of my story that I was sharing to build those disciplemakers. There were no more excuses to hide behind, I had not been intentional to build disciplemakers up until that time. Now, I am. Part 3 was really about accountability. My accountability to carry out the Great Commission. Not to talk about it but to live it out! To truly be a doer! 


As we continue through the rest of the year, the DBO’s will be challenging because “the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.” Our tale will now be exposed.


Daily Battle Order:

Today, consider Sam’s words, “What sort of a tale have I fallen into?” God has placed you in this tale. It’s a unique tale! It is a tale you will write by your actions. Become intentional as you write this tale. The Battle Order is straightforward; Share your tale for His Kingdom!



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Norman Balchunas
Norman Balchunas
Oct 11, 2022

198o I had a 1959 Jeep Willies I named Gollum because it was able to crawl and slither through some rough PA forests and creeks. It was a guide on a young journey. After reading all of Tolkien books at that time, I never could bring myself to watch any of the movies - my imagination of the characters too valuable for me.

The books filled my imagination of the journey and battles I was to pursue. THE BOOK does oh So much more!

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