A Bitter Root

In Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV), the word of God says, "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." If you only had five hours to live; how would you spend the time? Many people would actually use the time trying to get even with someone for something that person may have done years ago. Sometimes we get so tied up in a feeling, we just cannot let it go. Yet, it asked if we are a Christian, the answer would be, "Yes". How can this be? It isn't the plan of our heavenly Father for us to be consumed by unforgiveness. In Colossians 1:13-14 we read,

You Are What You Eat!

Several years ago, it was popular to say, "You are what you eat." In a literal sense, it's a true statement. If all you ever eat is pizza, though you won't turn into a pizza, (I hope!), the nutrients of only what you consume will be present in your body. Similarly, The spiritual (or otherwise), food we put into our minds becomes what we think about and who we are. In Philippians 4:8 we read, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about these things. When we fill our hearts with these things, they become a description of who we are. But

Send a Letter to Josephus!

Well- actually you can't send a letter to him. He's been dead about two thousand years! But, who was Josephus? He was a contemporary of Jesus and His disciples. He lived in a world with little means of communication other than word of mouth and an occasional letter. Our world is quite different. Today, you can send a message many different ways, including just speaking to your phone and it will transmit a written message to whomever you choose. Simple isn't it? What is the message you most want to hear today? Would you like to hear that you just won the lotto? Or maybe, you would like to hear that your terminal illness has gone into remission. Perhaps you would like the details of the weddin

Is Your Answer; Yes?

What is your attitude about obeying God? When asked to serve in your church; how do you reply? Many people delay the answer by saying, "I'll pray about it and let you know." If Jesus were standing with you, and if He asked the same question, would your answer still be "I'll pray about it?" I'm not talking to those of you who constantly work in the church, or out in the mission field of your city. I'm speaking to those who warm the bench, and who cheer from the armchair while their brothers and sisters in Christ do all the work. Honestly; which one are you? Are you a team player or an armchair coach? When Jesus gave the disciples a command, do you suppose they gave any excuses for delaying th

What Is Required to Please God?

Good question isn't it? Many people struggle through life wondering about it. But when we forget that God first loved us before we were ever conceived, it helps us understand that our Father wants us to please Him. The Old Testament prophet Micah asked a tantalizing question; "With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of Rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil?Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sins of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?- To act justly, and

Do You Trust Me?

That's a good question! I find myself thinking about it a lot. It's the question Jesus asks each of us each day. "Do you trust me?" We think we do. We say we do. In public, we even act like we do. But in the secret chamber of our hearts, we hold the answer to the question; for most of us, that answer would be, "sometimes". Wait a minute! We gave Jesus our trust and our hearts; what more is there to trust? Let's think about it a minute. When you've already spent your whole budget for the month, but someone you barely know needs some help; do you trust Him? When your child is laying sick in the hospital and they are running tests, some of which might reveal a risk of death; do you trust Him? W

I Know What You're Worried About!

Sometimes we are so worried but we don't even know what worries us. We just have this anxiousness about us, and we can't seem to shake it. The problem is we don't really belong here. We are only sojourners on the earth until our Lord calls us home. As we read Philippians 3:19, we see that like too many other people, we have our minds set on the temporary things around us. But we must admit, it would be hard not to notice when, like Daniel of old, the lions are circling around us. And they seem to circle us a lot these days! But if we can be like Daniel and have total faith in God, He will see us through it, no matter what "it" is! If only we could recall the Scripture when our problems happe

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