“NO MONEY IN THE BANK?”

“You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.” Haggai 1:6 NIV Read: Haggai 1:4-7 I am reminded of the expression: ‘The bank must have money in my account since I still have checks in my checkbook.’ If this could only be true. It seems we are much more likely to run out of money in our accounts than to run out of checks. Do you routinely write checks to others when you are well aware you have no money in the bank to cover the checks? Our governments do it everyday. They just print more money. Thankfully, we do not have that ability! We need to live financially responsible. That is easier said than done when we are tempted in so many ways to have ‘the good life’. If you have ever fallen victim to the good life with a mountain of debt, you have discovered the good life is not so good after all. In biblical times, individuals and entire families were sold into slavery to pay for their debts. Today, many feel like they are slaves of the debts they have created. What do you do to get out of debt? Three things. Buy…only the minimum absolute necessities to live meagerly. Work…take on a second job with dedication to use all the income from a second job to pay off your debts. Sell…all the extras...

“PLANT A FALL GARDEN FOR GOD!”

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Have you ever planted a garden? Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for us. How about planting a garden this fall for GOD? For this garden, you don’t need a shovel or fertilizer. You can plant a fall garden for GOD with just a little love. The best part of this garden is you get the harvest! Start today. Plant your garden for GOD. First plant a lot of lettuce…”Lettuce” be humble and turn our lives over to GOD. You only need one apple…”Apple of your eyes” should be your spouse, first after GOD. An absolute necessity for your garden should be peas…Making “Peas” with those you disagree with should be your desire. Include turnips…”Turnip” your hearing to those around you who need your loving help. It would be good to include an orange…”Orange” you going to study GOD’S word more and turn off the TV? Don’t forget to weed…”Weed” rather being doing other things, but stick to your task. As you tend your garden, feel the plum…”Plum” tired from all your efforts? Thank GOD for the work HE has given to you in order to be tired! Don’t forget one more planting, two berries…”Berry, berry” thankful for all GOD has blessed you with! JESUS’ parables often using plantings and crops to explain HIS teachings. You can use these teaching to help yourself and others. The harvest is ripe and can be enjoyed by all. Today’s Prayer: “LORD MY GOD, Thank you for the...

“IS GOOD GOOD ENOUGH?”

“If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;” 2 Timothy 2:12 NIV READ: 2 Timothy 2:11-16 Have you ever worked with someone who did not do their job well? It may have appeared they did just enough to get by as if their concern was always ‘just good enough’. At the same time, you may have noticed another worker doing a great job with an attitude of doing their best and ‘just good enough’ not being good enough for them. Is good good enough? Perhaps, the better question is: How great is great? Great is best. Do you do your very best at all you attempt? Doing our best is important. Doing our best for GOD is the most important thing we can do. Nothing else in this life even comes close to this importance. How do you do your best for GOD? Your best for GOD starts with making GOD the most important thing in our life. GOD needs to be more important than your spouse, children, parents, job, possessions or your country. You cannot truly know the love of others until you know the love of GOD. You can reign with GOD in HIS eternal Heaven. GOD gave us HIS best when HE sent HIS SON. GOD’S love for you was proven with the sacrifice HE made. GOD gave you HIS best. Doing a ‘good enough’ job is not enough. Give GOD your best. When you wake, tell GOD of your love for HIM. Enrich your life immersed in HIS word. Live your life as GOD wants...

“WANT TO BE GOD?”

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 NIV Read: Genesis 3:1-11 Some times we just don’t pay attention. Do you ever want to be like GOD or be GOD? We can’t be and we were never created to be GOD. Adam and Eve attempted to be like GOD and failed. Even though the serpent promised Eve the forbidden fruit would make her like GOD and Adam bought into the deception as well, it did not happen. We are tempted by those in this world around us just as Adam and Eve were tempted. The serpent’s lie sounded convincing, just as those who will attempt to lead you into sin might also sound convincing. Who do you want to be that you are not? Do want to be your boss? As kids we rebelled and thought we wanted to be our parents. GOD has full authority and gave us free will. We can be obedient to our LORD or we can be obedient to our free will and allow Satan to control us. The free will GOD gave us can be a blessing if we use it to follow HIM. The same free will is a burden and can fill our lives with heartache if we use it to follow the evil ways of Satan. There is no in between. We can be Christlike, but never CHRIST. Scripture instructs us to take on the qualities of CHRIST as much as humanly possible. Imperfect as we are, we can walk the walk...

“SUPER HERO?”

“You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.” Acts 22:15 NIV Read: Acts 22:6-16 Super heroes are big in our society. Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and others have become part of our society. From comic books 50-80 years ago, they are now big movie hits and our little kids have posters planted upon bedroom walls, pajamas, t-shirts and lunch boxes. Billions of dollars are spent on this pop craze. So, who is your super hero? Over my life, my vision of a hero has changed. As a 10 year old, it was a baseball player; then it was my grandfather. Papa was a good man. He stole my heart when I was 11 or 12 when he gave me his pocketknife. He could have given me thousands of dollars and it would not have compared to the gift of his very own pocketknife! CHRIST is now my hero. Each of the disciples are special heroes and have a place of honor as do Moses, Abraham, David and the minor and major prophets. These and others are all super heroes in GOD’S plan. There are super heroes today. Some you know. Your pastor may be a super hero or perhaps a famous evangelist. Others may be missionaries in the jungles of South America, a refugee camp in eastern Africa or spreading the gospel in India. There are unknown super heroes for Christ everywhere. How about you? Are you a super hero? You can be. The big difference in being unknown and a super hero is simply doing it. If you have felt GOD’S...