The Sacrifice is Great

“Greater love have no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 Jesus spoke about this as a reference to His impending death. Many in our nation lay down their lives for their friends in the foxhole, vehicle or unit they serve with while having also committed to this sacrifice for the nation itself. The sacrifice is great, the ultimate a human being can give. As we honor those who have made that sacrifice for our nation and its principles, let us honor also the King of Kings who gave His life so that… 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

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

According to His Purposes

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes.” Rom 8:28 When we read this Scripture, some Christians take the Candy Land approach and are soon disappointed with God. Their take is that God runs a candy store and He always gives His children whatever they want, even if it isn’t in their best interests long term. Similar to giving a child all the candy they want whenever they want it. Soon they reap a harvest of cavities, tooth decay, poor health… Continue reading

Jesus wept

Scripture: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35 This is the shortest verse in the Bible. You can memorize it. Easy. Many people think of Jesus as a person who knew His mission, took charge, and made things happen. He walked on water, turned water into wine, healed people, cast out demons, and threw the money-changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem. A Man of action. A Man with a plan. Yet there was a softer side to Jesus. If you’re a man, I hope this verse lets you know that expressing your emotion through tears doesn’t make you less of a man.… 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