“TIME IS LIKE MONEY!”

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”   Psalm 104:33 NIV   Read:   Psalm 104:  31-35 Time is like money.  When you are out of it,  there is no more.   You cannot print more money when you are broke and you cannot turn back the clock to create more time when you have used all your minutes. No matter how much money and possessions we have, our society has convinced us we need just a little more.   Just a little more has become the standard we have chosen to live by.  All we gain, we will leave to others.   In time when our minutes are over we will have no need for any measure of gold or silver. You can leave all your gains to others who will spend it as they see, not as you would have chosen.   If you believe you will be helping family or others, you might.  Often you may not be helping, but complicating the lives of some whom cannot handle it responsibly Time is like money.   It has a value all its own.   At the end of your time you will discover if you have not already, time is more valuable than any amount of money.   When you are at your days, how much would you pay for another hour or another year? GOD is in control.   HE can bless you with money for a time and HE can bless you with time to enjoy this life and HE can stop that time when HE alone chooses. Are you a...

“PEOPLE CAN HEAR YOU!”

“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.”   Psalm 47:6,7 NIV   Read:  Psalm 47 As the church congregation raised their voices in an old familiar hymn, my oldest son (16 at the time) leaned over and whispered in my ear:  “Not so loud, Dad, people can hear you!”   I loved to sing, but could not carry a tune in a bucket.  I have since learned to sing…not great…but, pretty good.  We can all learn to improve. A minister friend told me his choir teacher in school asked him if he was a tenor.   He replied he thought he was a bass.   The teacher responded he did not mean a tenor.   He was asking if he would sing ten or twelve miles away.   He told me he still sings because he knows GOD likes his voice! Others can be critical of our efforts.  They can criticize our singing, our driving, our cooking or a hundred other things we do.   Not to worry or have concerns.   GOD is the only judge that matters.   Don’t let the loose tongue of another dissuade you. Raise your voice and sing your praises to your HEAVENLY FATHER.  HE is listening for you.   No matter your voice quality to others, you have perfect tone and pitch for GOD’S ears.   Sing today.  HE is waiting to hear your praises. Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for always hearing me and accepting my best efforts to please YOU.  Help me to reflect your...

“APATHY!”

“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”  1Corinthians 12:25 NIV   Read:   1Corinthians 12:1-27   Apathy!   Our dictionaries tell us apathy is a lack of concern or a lack of interest.  It seems apathy is spreading across our great nation.  Yet, no one seems to care…  These sentences might sound like a pun and bring a smile to your face, but it is no laughing matter. Our Bibles tell us what GOD wants us to do.   HE tells us HIS desires and expectations for all those HE created.   As we read HIS word, we can be apathetic and continue doing as we please while ignoring all our LORD has told us to do. Political correctness has been a major contributor to our apathetic nation.   We seem to more concerned with being politically correct than pleasing our GOD.   How about you?  Do you really care or are you more concerned with being politically correct than being obedient to GOD?    ‘Thou shall’ and ‘Thou shall not’ are not suggestions.   There is no such thing as being just a little wrong or  being right most of the time.   Do you think you can do as you want and refuse all GOD has told you to do? Today is the day you can throw being politically correct out the window and start living as GOD has told you to do.  Obedience is far better than siding with non-believers and doing as Satan wants you to do.   Apathy is Satan’s friend.   Don’t make apathy your friend....

“INDIAN GIVER!”

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”   Psalm 55:22   Read:  Psalm 55 What might sound like a politically incorrect phrase is a more correct slang term than what you might believe.   As new Americans traveled west, they literally invaded the lands Native American Indians had known to be theirs.   Then they were ‘given’ back portions of their land by treaty, rounded up and forced to live on the reservations under strict laws. Then these invaders…our forefathers…took back land that had been given to the rightful owners.  The term ‘Indian giver’ was coined.   These new Americans became ‘Indian givers’.  They gave to the defeated Native Americans and then took it back; breaking the treaties.  Our forefathers were the real ‘Indian givers!’ Taking back is something we do all to often.  JESUS died on that cross so that HE could take on all our sins and burdens.   We can take those problems and lay them…all of them…at the foot of HIS cross.  Still, we have a habit of taking them back.   We pray for HIS help with a situation and yet we take it back to do or worry about it ourselves ignoring the fact that GOD does not need our help. Do we think we so self righteous, so in control, so much better than GOD at solving our problems that we don’t trust GOD to fix all our problems? None of us can fix a problem, heal a pain, protect the innocent or stop a tear like our SAVIOUR does everyday.   Give up on...

“ARE YOU CLEAR AS CELLOPHANE?”

“YOU, GOD, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from YOU.”  Psalm 69:5   Psalm 69:1-18 Aren’t clear cellophane and plastics wonderful?  They protect the contents and allow us to see products clearly.  I like to see what I am buying.   Boxes and printed bags hide the contents. We are a lot like the printed bags and boxes.   We tell others who we are, but we block them from seeing who we really are inside.   Just like the box proclaiming its contents are new and improved, we are often less than we advertise. No matter what we want others to think we are, GOD knows who we are.  HE knows our good and HE knows our bad.   Like the old saying; you can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. We need to understand, we cannot fool GOD any of the time.  But, we have something better.   We can have the forgiveness that can only come from a merciful GOD.  Are you hiding dark shadows and a life of sin that needs to be forgiven?   You don’t have to live with those burdens any longer.   Today, you can have a joyful peace; living in the comfort of the loving arms of JESUS.   Tell HIM of the mistakes you have made, of the wrongful things you have done.  Tell HIM of the burdens you have carried all too long and be prepared to be forgiven and spared the agony of all your past. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS Thank...