Where do you look for your rescuer?

Scripture: “I will lift my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Ps 121:1, 2 NASB David looked to the mountains to see where his help might come from. Where do you look for your rescuer? When I was young, I used to watch a lot of Western movies. Back then movies included cowboys, Indians, villainous robbers and dreaded shootouts in the streets. Of course that was exciting to watch as a boy. In those movies, if a wagon train got in trouble on the frontier,… Continue reading

Are we being light to others around us?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-3 Are we being light to others around us, not just on Sunday? Sometimes those around you who are not Christians won’t understand you, but light penetrates darkness, just as… Continue reading

What are your goals in Christ?

Scripture: “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Tim 1:5 NASB What are your goals in Christ? Depending on your personality, you would have different answers. Keep in mind that the Lord knows all the personalities available and the incredibly complex ways His Word and love can go forth. Jesus told us we could fulfill all the Law and the Commandments by loving God first, and our neighbor second. He was trying to tell the Pharisees and Sadducees that their way of serving God (completing a… Continue reading

We’ve been chosen for a purpose

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 We’ve been chosen for a purpose – to glorify God and live with Him forever. How amazing that we have been given the great responsibility of declaring the goodness of God who has changed our lives forever by the work of His incredible plan. We declare His excellencies in how we live our daily lives. The last time I… Continue reading

Can You Give Too Much?

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” Luke 6:38 Can you give too much? The Bible speaks about generous giving, time, talent, treasures. When the woman gave two mites, all that she had in the world, Jesus commended her actions over all the others who gave out of their abundance. Consider this. I once attended a concert by a famous piano player, Dino. He played beautifully, masterfully, yet he complained throughout the concert about being tired and worn out. The first few times he… Continue reading

We Cannot Work Our Way Into Heaven

 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9 I heard a story of a Third Grade Sunday School teacher. Every Sunday, the man had the class act out the lesson, read the work, draw, write and talk about the lesson. One disruptive boy always kicked the teacher in the shin when he could, because he didn’t want to be in class. That boy didn’t deserve to be treated with love and respect, but… Continue reading

Have you tried to act like someone else?

“I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2 Have you tried to act like someone else? It takes hard work to convince others you are someone different than who you are. Some actors/actresses can only accomplish this by immersion into a character. However, when the person finishes the film or play, they go back to being themselves. Some people “play”… Continue reading

City on a Hill

Matt 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor does anyone light a lamp and place it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Light is referred to often in the Bible. Jesus is the Light of the world. He came into the darkness so that men might see. Sometimes we don’t like… Continue reading

treat people the same way you want them to treat you

 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 7:12 This is a great verse to memorize. It’s good for our growth. Yet how many of us live it out to perfection? Here’s an example: One morning, as I worked out, I heard a tapping on the window of the civilian 24/7 gym’s entry door. The door stays locked, so that non-members can’t get in without a key. The huge window paneled walls on two sides allowed those in the gym to see the door to the parking… Continue reading

Ask God

Scripture: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you; for everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened.”                                             ~Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus wants to open our eyes to the goodness of the Father in giving gifts to His children. We know that God works everything together for good for those who love Him and are called… Continue reading