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How to Accumulate and Hold onto Real Wealth

How to Accumulate and Hold onto Real Wealth

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 In 2008 we were hit with a global financial crisis. Many people saw their retirement savings wiped out seemingly overnight. What followed was a severe economic decline marked by record unemployment, home foreclosures, and a radical decline in the standard of living. Financial […]

The Boundaries of Right and Wrong, Good and Evil

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good…. Amos 5:14-15 My son called me a few days ago and told me about an unusual situation that he had encountered. He said that when he had returned to his office, after getting his auto gas tank filled, he noticed that he was only charged $4.00 for 17 gallons of gas. “What do you think I should do?” he asked. Without hesitation I told him that he should make the gas station aware of […]

Live a Life of Love, Just as Christ Loved Us

Live a Life of Love, Just as Christ Loved Us

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 My father died when I was eleven years old. A year later, my mother suffered a debilitating stroke that left her unable to care for herself. Soon after, I moved in with my grandparents and they took care of me as their own child. I can only imagine what my life would have been had they not taken me in. Granddaddy was good to me […]

Make Time for Quiet Time with God

Make Time for Quiet Time with God

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:13 How have you prepared yourself for the challenges of this day? What have you done to prepare for the unexpected obstacles that you will encounter this year? What are you doing right now to prepare for the future? In today’s selected scripture the Apostle Peter instructs, “prepare your minds for action.” The context of the passage reveals that Peter is talking about our need to live holy lives. When our minds are sufficiently prepared we […]

Adopt God’s Game Plan for Your Life

Adopt God's Game Plan for Your Life

…wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:16-17 During the closing weeks of the previous year and the first week of the New Year we are inundated with football bowl games. That’s obviously good for those of us who love football and not such a good thing for those who could care less. The biggest of all the bowl games is the BCS National Championship game where the supposed best […]

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