All or Nothing

"So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple."  Luk 14:33 How important is your relationship with Christ?  Is it the most important thing in your life or is it just one of the more important things?  Do not quickly give a pat answer.  Think about it, for how you truthfully answer this one question will indicate where your heart is. The philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC) said the following.  "The unexamined life is not worth living."  According Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – Our Friends and Family

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part three of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count our friends and family more significant than ourselves”.  This can be most difficult at times, especially when it comes to family.  There is an old saying, "We can choose our friends, but not our family."  This is very true.  Many times, Read more [...]

Love our neighbors

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Mat 22:39b When we think of the word neighbor, we often think of those who live beside us, across the road from us, or maybe several houses down.  However, was this what was meant by Jesus in the above verse?  I do not think so.  According to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, it means 'any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet.'  In other words, every human on this earth is Read more [...]

True Christians Do

"So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." Jam 2:17. Joe calls himself a farmer.  He has incredible knowledge of good farming and fertilization practices.  He reads many books in order to learn all the new techniques to grow more produce each year without increasing the size of his farm.  He is very proud of what he has learned and shares his knowledge with anyone he can.  However, there is a serious problem with Joe.  In all the years he has had his farm, he has Read more [...]

Love, The Greatest Gift

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  John 13:34-35 This coming week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  We all know what this day is about, giving thanks to God for all the gifts and blessing He has given us.  There is so much for us to be thankful for; our jobs, family, friends, the things we have, etc.  However, Read more [...]

Don’t forget the Small Stuff

"And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"   Mat 25:40 I remember my wife recounting something that happened to her several years ago.  She was taking care of our niece Savannah who was around nine months old, and she decided to take her out to a store for a little time away from the house.  They had already selected the items they were going to purchase and were waiting in line to pay, when this lady walked Read more [...]

Self Examination

"Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!"  Lam 3:40. Last night I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  And the one I watched is my favorite version, where George C. Scott plays the part of Scrooge.  It is a powerful rendition of this Christmas favorite.  As I watched, I became aware there was a very interesting message in the movie I had not seen before.  And it has nothing really to do with Christmas, but it is a very Christian Read more [...]

Do we have each others back?

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food Read more [...]