Monday, January 29, 2018

Want peace and sanity in your life on earth? Follow this red letter instruction. Eternal life is another matter, you can’t earn that, that is faith and grace.

Matthew 19:16-19
And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A red letter parable with an answer to why evil is allowed to prosper. God is merciful. Even when we are weak and immature he protects us against the ultimate consequence of evil in our midst.

Matthew 13:27-30
And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’
But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Friday, January 19, 2018

When he wouldn’t have sex with her she cried rape and he was thrown in prison without due process. It just doesn’t seem fair. (By the way Joseph later managed to save a whole population from starving anyway.)

 Genesis 39:6b-10
...Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”
But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.
He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The world is filled with fools! I am one of them. This is why God sent his son to save us. Seek after Him, be forgiven. It worked for me and it is open to all.

Psalm 14:1-3
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

I always assumed I wasn’t qualified to enter the narrow gate. Self destruction was my game. Then I let Him in and he just kept working on my heart. Now that narrow gate beckons with possibility.

Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

My best prayer is many, many words. However, it’s just the same two words over and over and over again. Thank you!

Matthew 6:7-8
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Some people; worldly, sophisticated people, scoff at dependence on God. For me though, depending on God is infinitely more important than what people think.

Psalm 3:1-4
O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul, 
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, 
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord, 
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A case for doing the right thing for the right reason in the first place:

Genesis 4:6-7
The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”