Someone I Love Lies Dying In My Bedroom Right Now

time-is-running-out-by-glasgows-finest-ccAs I write this someone I love lies dying in my bedroom.

Life is short.

Life is fragile.

Live for Jesus.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Jesus Christ

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A Christians Heart 4 – 7 – 2014

Wisdom from my friend Ken.

A Christian's Heart

Building the LORD’s House of Obedience
Read Haggai 1: 2 – 11.

In this passage, the people of Israel had returned from captivity, but the LORD’s house lay in ruins because they had refused to rebuild it. This displeased the LORD. Because of their disobedience He thwarted their plans and rained hardship down on them: Though they expected much, it turned out to be little; what they brought home, the LORD blew away; they had planted much, but harvested little. He even called down a drought and ruined their crops. This was to get their attention. Why? Because they were busy building their own houses, while His lay in ruins.

Don’t we often do the same thing in our own lives? We diligently build our own houses: our jobs, our activities, our desires – our will and our ways. This might include being very busy doing churchy things, tithing, even…

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Maybe The Most Undervalued Verse In The Bible (Or how to fail at guarding your heart)

heart-via-pixabay-no-attribution-required(Read Proverbs chapter 4)

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV

How To Fail To Guard Your Heart

The writer of Proverbs chapter four is sharing wisdom with his sons. He spends much of the chapter admonishing them to listen to his words and to value wisdom highly. Then, toward the end, he says what he says in verse 23, “Above all else, guard your heart . . .”

“Above all else,” he says.

This instruction, which is at the very least Continue reading

Who To Criticize: John 7:19-24

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Leonid Mamchenkov criticizing himself.

(Read John 7:19-24)

Last post from the book of John we saw how people were amazed at Jesus’ words because he had no formal education in the scriptures. We also saw how Jesus had an affinity for people who love to do God’s will and seek to glorify Him rather than themselves. (See previous post Choosing A Church (And Who I Should Listen To): John 7:10-18)

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Choosing A Church (And Who I Should Listen To): John 7:10-18

Church On Fire via God Speak Calvary Chapel-labeled for reuse on Google Images

(Read John 7:10-18)

Last post from the book of John we saw how Jesus’ brothers didn’t get him. They goaded Jesus and tried to provoke him into traveling with them to Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths. (see previous post 3 Things To Do When Your Family Doesn’t Get You: John 7:1-9)

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Mom’s Race

Mom with her Bible 8-22-16

The following blog post was written by my wife Kathy. I thought about putting it under the category: Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog, with the subtitle: My Wife Is A Better Person Than I Am. Because she really is. Kathy is truly amazing. Most recently I’m reminded of this fact as I watch the way she Continue reading

Christians Behaving Badly: John 6:66-71

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Stained glass depicting Judas turning away from the Last Supper, Moulins Cathedral, France

(Read John 6:66-6:71)

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.”

I’m currently reading Joshua Ryan Butler’s excellent book, The Skeletons in God’s ClosetIn chapter seven, Butler tells the story of a friend of his named Jeremiah. He was a Native American, much older than Butler, and he hated Christianity. As their friendship grew Jeremiah shared with Butler the reasons why. Continue reading