Why do you read the Bible? Is it because you feel like you’re a bad Christian if you don’t? Is it so you can be the “Bible expert” with the answers when your friends ask? Is it just to prepare for the next Bible study, group devotion, or debate that you have coming up? Is it to check off the day on your “Read the Bible in a Year” plan? Why do you read the Bible? (more…)
All around us we hear all kinds of conversations. We hear music pushing out all kinds of messages and billboards are telling us something. There is so much communication around us that it can inundate us with all kinds of messages. And yet, all the while, hidden in the covers of our Bibles are the words of God that really push us to rethink what we are hearing and even what we are saying. (more…)
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Don’t let your heart deceive you! We lie to ourselves about our motives, our feelings, and our own sinful nature.
When others lie to you, sometimes it’s easy to see. There are signs. If someone is lying, they will not look you in the eye or they will have a change of voice or some type of unusual body language. (more…)
I am so blessed; I was born into this world with two great parents that loved me and taught me the truth of God’s Word. I realize that I am not rich with the world’s wealth, but I definitely am not living in poverty as many do in this world. Because I am so blessed, sometimes I lose focus of those that have very little or nothing at all. Even though there have been times in my family’s life when we were not sure how we would pay our bills or what we would eat for our next meal, I don’t think we ever suffered physically, mentally, or spiritually the way a lot of people do. It saddens my heart to think that there are people dying every day because they lack the necessities it takes to live … most of whom are very young children. (more…)
We all have dreams and goals. We all think about our lives as they are right now in contrast to how we really would like them to be. There is nothing wrong with dreaming. There is nothing wrong with pondering greater possibilities. After all, if there were no dreamers, there would be no telephones or televisions or automobiles. We need to dream. But our dreams and plans must be held in check. (more…)
In Matthew 4, we see Jesus being led into the wilderness to fast and be tempted by the devil. Knowing that he is hungry, the devil’s first temptation is to urge Jesus to turn the stones to bread. In verse 4, Jesus responds, “”It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'” (more…)