“CRYSTAL CHANDELIER”

“Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4: 11-12 NIV Read: Ephesians 2: 13-22 When you are building a house, construction must follow a progression. You don’t hang a crystal chandelier from a board and build a house around it. A quality foundation is first. Without a foundation, there is no security the house will be structurally sound. A normal progression will be the foundation, framing, roof, exterior walls, inside walls and trim. Last will usually be the floor covering and lighting. An expensive, showy crystal chandelier is usually the last item to be installed. How about your life? Are you building a strong foundation first or is your life about a showy crystal chandelier? Are you focused upon what you need to do or what you want out of life? Is your crystal chandelier a new car, the latest phone, new clothes or more money? There is nothing wrong with having a crystal chandelier. We just need to arrange first things, first. Our relationship with God is like that. First things, first. First develop a strong relationship with your Creator. This starts with knowing Who God is. You can begin with reading your bible everyday. The best time for most of us is first thing in the morning, before the routines of the day get in our way. Attending church and worshiping with like minded believers and studying with others in a mid week bible group is helpful...

“IN DEBT”

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 NIV Read: Romans 6:1-14 An insurance company recently release results of a survey that determined 31% of Americans owe more than they have savings. 23% owe as much as savings they have in savings and only 46% have more savings than they owe. This sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it? Do you owe more than you have in savings? Being indebted has for many become ‘The American Way’. We seem to believe we can buy, buy and then worry about how we will pay for things later. It is not just individuals. Our government is “In Debt” with no plan of how to eliminate this financial burden which has been placed upon each citizen. Are you “In Debt”? What if someone would pay off all your bills…all of them…and you owed nothing? Would you be grateful? God sent His only son, Jesus, to pay off all you owe for the sins you have created. Jesus died so that you can have eternal life. Not only has he paid off all the debts of your past sins if you are a believer, He has paid the price of all your sins of yesterday, today, and all tomorrows as well. God know you are not perfect and will sin again. His desire is for you to become faithful, accountable for your actions and repent for your sins. You can spend eternity…not just a few days, months or years…in Heaven. If you are not saved by grace, if you don’t know Jesus is your...

“FATHER KNOWS BEST!”

“He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.'” Luke 16:15 NIV Read: Luke 16: 13-15 Today, we celebrate ‘Father’s Day’. We set aside this time to honor those special men we love. Perhaps you have seen late night reruns of a 1950’s TV show, “Father Knows Best”. The premise was the dad of the family knew what was best for his family, which he should. Through each show, the theme was played out. The results proved the wisdom of the dad and were easy to understand. This concept is based on the life we have with God. ‘God knows best.’ We have hopes, desires and wishes. It is important to understand what we take to God and how we take our prayers to Him. The more we understand the reasons we want this or that, the easier it is to understand why and how God answers our prayers. Do you go to God with a ‘wish’ list or with a desire based upon a faithful hope He will answer you? Hopeful desire is not a wish list for every whim we may have. Understand ‘God knows best’. At times, you may disagree or not understand your Heavenly Father. This is not a time to question God, but to learn and grow from His wisdom. Today, do the right thing. Do whatever is necessary for your earthly father to make him feel like he is the most important person in the world to you. Tell your dad how...

“EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY”

“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:11 NIV Read: Luke 16:1-12 If you were looking for a job and you saw the following ad, would you be qualified? “Wanted immediately: Honest, devoted employee. Must be able to follow instructions and avoid distractions. Some days are easy while some are long and difficult. Must strive to be better at their job today than yesterday and even better tomorrow. Pay is sometimes less than anticipated but efforts will be rewarded with a magnificent bonus.” Would you be interested in such a job? The position is available today. How do you apply? On bended knee. The ad defines what God asks of each of us. God wants us to be honest and devoted to only Him. We must be faithful and follow His instructions without the constant distractions coming to us from Satan. Some days our efforts will seem so easy while we may struggle with the task God has given us on other days. We must grow in our faith, being a better Christian today than yesterday and even better tomorrow. Some of our tasks may seem to be unrewarded. During these difficult times, we must rely on our faith. The bonus? By following God’s instructions and carrying the message of Jesus we will be rewarded with an effortless and rich life in Heaven. Are you an ‘unemployed Christian’? The position is available today. You are qualified. Improve your job skills. Go to church more often. Read your bible everyday. Spend more time in prayer with your Lord....

“MAYBE TOMORROW”

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.” Ecclesiastes 5:4 NIV Read: Ecclesiastes 5:1-4 The words “Maybe tomorrow” do not hold much hope. When we start a sentence with ‘maybe’, every word that follows it is unlikely to happen. Do you adhere to the adage; ‘Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?’ We find our comfort zones by softening the reality of the ultimate. “Reschedule’ sounds so much better than procrastination. We are only fooling ourselves with our own characterizations of an event or situation. We do this for many reasons. We may attempt to avoid the ‘guilt trip’ of not taking care of something in a timely manner. Other times we attempt to eliminate a confrontation when we don’t want to do what another has suggested. Procrastination may be based on difficult memories coupled with a desire of not duplicating the past. In this case, we have history of the past we can use to our advantage by taking immediate to avoid making the same mistake twice. We can find all kinds of excuses, but probably very few real reasons to put things off. Often, the situation will only get worse by not dealing with it immediately. Are you procrastinating about your relationship with God? How many times have you promised God to do something or NOT do something? God does not procrastinate. No where in scripture do you read about God telling someone to do something when they have nothing better to do. God’s instructions are clear. God tells us...