One autumn afternoon Matt decided to pedal his bike around the section to see how harvest was going. Well, that's what he told his ma. His real objective was to check on Mr. Bright’s apples and possibly “borrow” a few. Along the way, Matt did check on the neighbors fields. Of particular interest was Mr. Patterson’s pumpkin patch. Soon the factory workers would flock to the field to row the pumpkins with one kind of machine and then lift the pumpkins into the back of trucks with another strange looking machine. Mr. King already had his corn in Matt noted as he turned the northeast corner. But across the road old Johnny Darst’s corn was still standing. Another mile, a few more fields, and Matt came upon Mr. Bright’s place. Laying his bike in the ditch Matt carefully climbed the wi
I write this on Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember and acknowledge those who have died while serving in America’s Armed Forces. At some point today the President will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery. The tomb's inscription reads - Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God. Across the country, flags will be placed at the gravesites of those who have served. Many a family will remember the service of those they have lost. But there are some who have no family left to tell their tales or to remember their sacrifice. Yesterday we were going through Grandpa Ray’s house, gathering the trinkets, collectibles, and keepsakes that he left behind. Among them was an oblong glass paperweight with a WWII era photo inside it of a you
One day a man came up to Jesus and asked Him to judge between his brother and himself in the matter of an inheritance. What followed was a teaching on greed. Jesus warned, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15, NASB95) Our possessions can take many forms, the most obvious are the physical things that surround us and the Dollars that make up our bank balances. But, there are also some not so obvious possessions that can become the targets of greed. Things like time, love, memories, forgiveness, justice, mercy, grace, honor, abilities, spiritual gifts, responsibilities, and rights. We can be greedy on any of these, possessing them but unwilling to give them to others in need
Receiving God's love and forgiveness can be expressed with 4 R’s. Repent of your sin and its results: To repent means to turn away from. God did not reject you, you rejected God by choosing to go your own way. There are two parts to repentance. The first part of this is agreeing with God about your mistakes, failures, and sins. The second is turning around - not simply feeling sorry, but a decision to turn your back on all the selfish things you've done. Repentance is simply saying, "God, I've made a mess of things. I need You." Romans 3:23 Recognize that Jesus paid the penalty for your sin: Know that you are incapable of repaying God the penalty your sin justly deserves. But, that God so loved you that He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son, to pay the penalty on your behalf through Hi
Nope, I didn’t skip one. If you haven’t been following along we’ve been looking at Peter’s progression in his 2nd letter. “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5–8, NASB95) The last article looked at godliness, this one focuses on love, the last two entries in Peter’s progression are brotherly love and agape love. The word translated by the N
I am pleased to announce that the second LifeBridge Study booklet has been sent to the printers and is now available for download. The topic of this study booklet is love. Topics include: God freely loved us and sent Jesus Christ to provide the way to receive His love. To understand agape love through the life of Jesus and our relationship with Him. God’s love is demonstrably good and present. We demonstrate our love to God through expressions of worship and obedience to His commandments. The true mark of a disciple of Jesus is how he or she loves others. Love must be unconditionally received as well as given. You can view a sample and request the download by CLICKING HERE.
Happiness can be as elusive as pirate treasure. As if somewhere buried on the lonely beach of life is something that will make us happy, content, and at peace. So we spend a lot of time, energy, and resources searching for it. Hoping to find that one possession, experience, or relationship that will make us happy. If we only had the treasure map. In a way, Psalm 86:4-5 is a map to the treasure of happiness. “Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.” (Psalm 86:4–5, NASB95) The first task on this treasure hunt - find the right place to look. The psalmist suggests looking to the Lord instead of the shifting sand of self or others. The second task is