What do your feet look like to God?

Let’s face it – feet aren’t always the most attractive part of the human body. Reality is, most of us can only dream about being a foot model.

Pedicures don’t cure all!

Corns, bunions, callouses, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and sometimes an inordinate amount of hair all contribute to the “real reason” humanity quit wearing sandals and started wearing shoes.

And yet, when God looks at our feet it’s still possible for him to use a scarcely heard adjective for the base of our basely body-parts.

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15 NKJV)

#evangelism, #feet, #god

3 things to learn from Elijah’s interaction with the widow of Zarephath

In relation to 1 Kings 17:8-24, Lesson 2 (December 10, 2017) of the of the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations” adult study asked,

“What can we learn from this passage about submitting to God’s will even when it doesn’t make sense to us?”

I’d like to share three answers that came to my mind: Continue reading

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Flashy Numbers

There’s a bottle of soap in my bathroom that has “33% MORE!” printed in large font across the top.

Beside the large print numbers and words is a little, tee-tiny asterisk.

Look at the bottom of the bottle and you’ll find the purpose of the asterisk spelled out (with a little, tee-tiny font that rivals only the asterisk) – “Than 18 oz.”

In reality, there is no real substance to the flashy numbers on the soap bottle. The only thing the company did with the “33% MORE!” print was solve a math problem.

Don’t fall prey to the flashy numbers of pop-religion.

Sow the seed (Luke 8:4-15). Be respectful to others, be faithful to your brothers and sisters in Christ and to God, and don’t be a troublemaker (1 Peter 2:17). And don’t keep caught up in the confusion that swaps what we get from worship with what we bring to worship (John 4:20-24).

For out of all to whom the good news has come, only a small number will get salvation.” (Matthew 22:14 BBE)

#advertisements, #impressing-others, #popular-religion, #spiritual-analogies

Ahab the king of culture change

Ahab was the king of culture change. His 22 years of reign greatly contributed to the multiplied years of misery the northern tribes of Israel would experience.

He married a woman with a name directly related to pagan god, and he had a father-in-law with a name of Ethbaal! (1 Kings 16:31)

He setup an altar for sacrifice to Baal, within an actual temple to house it, in the capital city of Israel. Furthermore, he created an additional place specifically for the worship of other idols. (1 Kings 16:32-33)

Ahab wasn’t content in allowing other Israelites to worship Baal. He served and worshiped Baal on a personal level. (1 Kings 16:31)

And, for the “cherry on top”, he intentionally disregarded Joshua’s plainly spoken warning by allowing the city of Jericho to be rebuilt under his reign. (1 Kings 16:34)

Indeed, Ahab was the king of culture change, and he continues to set the mold for all the politicians of the western culture who are hell-bent on creating a new morality, standard and way of life for any nation built upon biblical principles.

For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids test the sons of men.” (Psalm 11:2-4 NKJV)

#culture-wars, #king-ahab, #spiritual-analogies

When non-believers believe in the Bible but don’t noel what they’re talking about

It’s amazing how non-believers can believe in the Bible (or at least like to quote it) when it’s advantageous to their cause but still not know what they’re talking about.

Take for example this story. A story that chides and corrects and criticizes Donald Trump for “not believing in the virgin birth” (due to a “tweet” in which he “erroneously” referred to Joseph as Jesus’ father) all the while it uses the names God and Jesus in a very flippant and unholy manner.

What exactly did the President say … or tweet rather? Continue reading

#birth-of-jesus, #christmas, #jesus, #twitter

Buried Treasure

A piece of glass, an interesting rock, or maybe even a simple can discarded by a construction worker who built a house … to a young child, anything dug out of the ground is buried treasure!

But from time-to-time stories appear in the news about real buried treasure. And for many of us, such stories recall a time in our life when an “X” on a simple piece of paper created excitement in our heart.

Did you know Jesus told a story about buried treasure? He said,

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44 NKJV)

When it comes to the value of God’s kingdom, some people do not reap the reward simply because they are not willing to dig a little deeper into what they already have within their grasp. In fact they end up selling it for something of lesser value (Hebrews 11:6; Hebrews 12:15-17). But others rejoice over the treasure they find in the gospel and they are willing to pay the price for the investment that is worth more than everything they own (Matthew 19:29).

What are we looking to find when we set out looking for buried treasure? And what are we willing to do when we find it?

Where is the “X” of our heart located? Jesus wants to know.

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.” (Matthew 6:20-21 NKJV)

#kingdom-of-god, #parable, #treasure

Straight-line lineage

Most people are interested in their lineage. Even in this digital age companies exist to help people find their ancestral roots.

Despite the fact that he or she had nothing (and again for emphasis sake let me say – nothing!) to do with making themselves a part of their lineage, many individuals like to proudly and arrogantly boast about their fearsome forefathers, their existing matriarchal might or maybe even their connection to a few drops of “royal” blood. And yes, their skin-color, their national origin, their clan, their crest and even their religion comes along for the ride.

In Christ this fleshly foolishness stops (Galatians 4:30; 1 Timothy 1:4; Matthew 3:9-10).

If one’s lineage cannot be drawn in a straight-line from you to Jesus to Abraham to God, then your lineage, my lineage and our lineage is of no value.

Am I saying it’s wrong to know about or even celebrate our ancestral roots and the things (the good things) that were accomplished on our behalf? Absolutely not! I’m only saying when our branch comes to an end, the importance of our spiritual roots and fruit will far outweigh the physical. Because outside of Jesus the tree will surely die!

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV)

#ancestors, #jesus, #lineage-of-jesus