“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.“
I was intending to read this chapter for my devotions, but got stuck on these first two verses. Some words and nuances just started yelling out at me to pay attention to them rather than trying to read the whole chapter. (more…)
We all encounter moments in our lives that define us. Usually, it is a moment of trial or adversity that shapes us into the people we become. How that adversity affects us, how we respond to it, and what we learn from it can mold us and define us in various ways. In those special occasions, though, it is a moment of unusual joy or inexplainable peace or clear understanding that can define us. (more…)
Psalm 19 tells us that God places His Word above everything that there is. He says it’s worth more than fine gold and it is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb.
The Gospel of Matthew says that we should not layup treasures where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
When I was a young boy I used to dream of finding a treasure map that would lead to buried treasure. I would sit around with my friend’s imagining what I could buy with the treasure. I thought about how it could change my life and my future. For fun, sometimes we would draw are own maps and “x” would mark the spot of the hidden treasure. As time went by, my dream of finding the treasure chest faded. I came to the conclusion that it was a silly dream. (more…)
Growing up, we had to memorize a lot of information: phone numbers, addresses, birthdays. And then there was the school stuff like the Preamble to the Constitution, Periodic Table, the presidents and on and on. But not so much today. All the information we would ever need to remember can be tucked away in our phones or tablets using one app or another. So we don’t memorize anymore; we don’t need to. And while all this technology is amazing, I don’t think it’s how we were designed by God. I have a feeling God wanted us to memorize the important things. (more…)
The term “Christian” has become a very loose moniker in modern society and culture. In fact, Webster’s Dictionary defines the word in the English language in this way: “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ, or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.” It goes on to offer what is called an informal definition: “a decent, respectable person.” (more…)
“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”
– Proverbs 11:13
Everybody needs a good friend in their lives. Sometimes we meet that friend early in life; others search for that friend for years. Many times we think we have a friend, only to find out that what we have is not true friendship at all. Trust is the key to understanding true friendship. (more…)