Let’s face it! If there were not some sort of pleasure or immediate gratification in sin; nobody would do it. The reality of sin is that it starts off giving us what we want, while decomposing our health and happiness in the end.
There is no long-term joy or sustainable pleasures in sin. Sin demands that you keep coming back for more. Ultimately the pleasure found in the beginning passes forever, with no way to get it back. That first high, first drink, first sexual encounter, or the rush of doing something you know to be wrong and got away with.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
In this age of social media the term ‘Friend’ has been severely watered down. The goal is no longer quality but quantity. Nowadays people run around bragging about how many Friends, Likes, or Followers they have. The underlying goal at these social sites is raw numbers for self-gratification not human connection.
Can a person really have tens of thousands of Friends, that are worthwhile? Can a person give the proper attention, respect, and love to that many?
It is impossible to honestly maintain so many quality relationships. This is not friendship. This is networking and self-indulgence. This is just simply acting friendly for personal gain.
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (James 3:16)
When I was growing up my parents taught me, “If you can count all your true friends on one hand, you can count yourself as lucky.”
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)[CLICK TO READ MORE]
The Dead Tree Scrolls
Springtime in Colorado can be hard on trees. The sap rises as trees begin to leaf-out. The danger comes from the wet, heavy, springtime snow storms that add hundreds of pounds of weight to these moisture laden branches. Inevitably something has got to give; more often than not, it is the tree that yields to the weight of the snow.
This can spell disaster or opportunity, depending on the individual circumstances for the tree and also where they fall. This spring has spelled both for me.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
There was an ancient Greek inventor and mathematician named Ctesibius (Greek: Κτησίβιος; 285–222 BC). Ctesibius is credited with writing the first dissertation on the science of compressed air and its uses in pumps. Ctesibius is not only credited with inventing both air and water pumps, he even invented an air operated cannon of war.
His realization of air as a tangible substance with elastic properties earned him the title of “father of pneumatics.” I’d say this was some pretty phenomenal thinking for a man whose profession was really a barber.
Ctesibius was able to think “outside of the box”. He took a common unseen substance called air and put it to work in our lives. This unseen substance breathed to sustain life, could now be used in a way people could wrap their minds around. Air could be seen and used in a tangible way.
Air Your Faith
Now…wrap your mind around this:Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
I challenge you to air out your faith. Realize that your faith has substance like the air you breath. God has given to each of us a measure of faith. Take it out and use it.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
A Widow’s Oil Well
In the Old Testament, Elisha was Elijah’s student. Elisha is the prophet who seceded Elijah. His succession began when Elijah was taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Kings 2:11). Elisha picked up Elijah’s mantle went and struck it on the waters of the Jordan River and said, “Where is the Lord the God of Elijah?” (2 Kings 2:14). The water parted and Elisha crossed over to embark on his service as a prophet of God.
Elisha, son of Shaphat, was a prophet from Abel Meholah in Gilead. He lived in the northern Kingdom of Israel during the reigns of Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz and Jehoash.
Elijah called Elisha to be his apprentice in (1 Kings 19:19-21) during the reign of King Ahab 7th King of Israel. Elisha died in (2 Kings 13:20) in the reign of King Jehoash the 12th King of Israel 798 BC-782 BC. Elisha’s ministry lasted over 50 years.
Elisha is from the Hebrew name אֱלִישַׁע (‘Elisha’), a contracted form of אֱלִישׁוּעַ (‘Elishu’a) meaning “my God is salvation”.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Bad Things and Good People
It is often asked, “Why do bad things happen to good Christian people?” Many Believers struggle with circumstances seemingly beyond their own control. Looking hard into the mirror of their souls desperately trying to find an answer.
I am not talking about a situation such as Job’s tribulations. Job’s circumstances were a testing that proved Satan wrong. (Job 1:8,22)
I am, referring to those who are upright in character and obedient to the Lord. Those who honestly can not account for any unrepentant or grievous sin that warrants God’s discipline or invites an attack by Satan.
When sin is committed it is not only a sin against God but a sin against man. This means that sin has a ripple effect, touching more that just the sinner in the epicenter of the sin.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
The Last Breakfast
Yes! You read it right. ‘The Last Breakfast.’ Most Believers are all too familiar with the Last Supper, but often overlook the importance of the ‘Last Breakfast’ the disciples shared on the shores of Galilee before Christ’s ascension to the Father.
Several apotheosized events happened during the Last supper. Jesus foretold of His suffering and crucifixion death for the kingdom of God (Luke 22:15-16). Believers everywhere faithfully observe Passover and Communion in remembrance of our beloved Savior. During this same meal Jesus revealed Judas Iscariot’s betrayal (Matthew 26:21-24), and foretold of Peter’s denial (Luke 22:34).
An often overlooked lesson learned during the evening of the Last Supper was when Jesus taught the principles of servant-hood as He washed His disciples’ feet: But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. (Luke 22:26-27)
You might be asking, “What is; And what does this have to do with the Last Breakfast?” Keep this question in mind while I add some more ingredients to deepen the flavor of this spiritual food.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Just about the time that I think I have this whole sanctification process progressing…..I drop the ball, and sin again!
Oh!.. It doesn’t stop there, it just so happens that it is the same ole stupid stuff, just clothed in a different day. My old man sin nature rears his ugly head and slaps my sanctimonious self square in the face! (Romans 6:6)
Wait…It gets even better! I try to justify my actions with the rationalizations of; “I can handle ignorance because ignorance can be cured with education.” But, “Stupid is as Stupid does. Stupid has no excuse because it cannot hide behind ignorance,” et cetera, et cetera.
I have even tried to memorize (Proverbs 8:5). O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
You would think; if I was so smart, I could then recall this verse for guidance and understanding to keep me from running off at the mouth, and doing even worse sins in my mind’s eye when confronted with STUPID’S STUPIDITY!
Some of you are way ahead of me, and you would be right in assuming that my mind runs headlong in the other direction. Showing my own STUPIDITY by recalling a misappropriated bible verse. A verse I abuse to aid me in wallowing around in my sinfulness.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Fifty Shades ofRed
The time honored children’s hymn “Jesus Loves Me” Started as a three stanza Poem by Anna Bartlett Warner (1827–1915) originally published in an 1860 novel called “Say and Seal.” The novel was written by Anna’s older sister Susan Warner. In the novel the words of the poem were spoken to comfort a dying child.
The tune that I and many of you may remember from Sunday School and Vacation Bible School was added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury. He also added the chorus that immortalized the tune, capable of transporting me back to my youth. A song that still fills my heart with immeasurable amounts of joy.[CLICK TO READ MORE]
Hath God Said?
There is ample debate over whether or not Eve lied or added to the word of God saying, “nor shall you touch it” when speaking with the serpent (Satan) about the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5)
The debate even reaches further into whether or not, Moses just did not record it in the writing of Genesis. Or maybe, Adam embellished God’s mandate when he told Eve about the tree in the midst of the Garden. Eve could have even believed it in her own mind therefore technically not being a lie.
There are many more aspects of this debate that do not merit mention and only serve to redirect everyone’s attention away from the core lesson of truth. [CLICK TO READ MORE]