A fool to store up earthly wealth: Luke 12.21

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Luke 12.21 NLT

This is the conclusion Jesus makes from the parable of the rich fool. Thought and effort are given to material things, little to spiritual needs.

Compare how much time we spend in thought and effort on material things and on spiritual things. Do the former tip the scales? Or do material pursuits crowd out a relationship with God?

#votd #Luke #relationship-with-God

The why of creation

This is part of a chapter out of a book I’m writing, entitled (for now) “Total Transformation.” You might find it to be of use.

Man was created in God’s image, in order to know his person and blessing, Gen 1.26-28. As the only creature to bear the divine stamp, man is able to relate to God. “Man meets and talks with God in the Garden of Eden” Gen 2.15-17 (NIBD). Adam and Even walked with God, Gen 3.8.

Because of their sin, they were expelled from the Garden, but the original intent was for them to choose God’s love, not to spurn it. Scripture mentions that God came to walk with them after they lost that privilege, highlighting even more the preciousness of this gift. Continue reading

#creation, #love, #presence-of-god, #relationship-with-god


4-7-2016 Who Is God #9

No one can have a “relationship” with God without Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also'” (John 14:6-7 NKJV). More to the point, Jesus had said, “he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (John 13:20 NKJV). Many people are taught that all they must do to have a relationship with God is pray. But Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23 NKJV). There is no spiritual relationship with God without Jesus Christ, and there is no spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ without obeying His Word.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus-christ, #pray, #relationship-with-god


4-8-2016 Who Is God #10

Can people only pray and receive a spiritual relationship with God? Saul of Tarsus certainly had tried for “three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9:9). But it wasn’t until Ananias said, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). His fervent prayers did not begin his relationship with God until he was baptized to “wash away” his sins. Later, as the Apostle Paul, he wrote, “for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Timothy 1:16 NKJV). The “pattern” for all who believe on Jesus Christ included “baptism” to wash away his sins! Our spiritual relationship with God begins by following the “pattern.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#a-pattern, #baptized, #pray, #relationship-with-god

Who needs whom again?

Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:25)

How could the Lord, from whom all blessings flow, ever owe us anything? Obviously he doesn’t – not to any one individual or nation! The Lord’s will is the Lord’s will; the question is, “Are we willing to get on board with it?” Just think Romans 11:34-35 (which happens to repeat a principle that had already been taught to God’s people in the past) and the point will be made clear.

With that point in mind it should be remembered that the things we do in our service to God and his kingdom are not meant to be done as though he couldn’t do it without us. They are meant to be done in a way that causes us to be grateful to God for accomplishing his will through us (Philippians 2:1-11).

Whatever aspect of worship you can think of applies to this situation as well. What can we give that he doesn’t already own? (Psalm 50:10) The Almighty isn’t jealous of us! Jealous for us? Yes. (Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 32:16) Jealous concerning his name? Most definitely! (Deuteronomy 29:20) But not one time has the Lord ever been, nor will He ever be, jealous of us. He doesn’t require worship because he wants what we have – it’s because he wants us!

Service, worship, humility, appreciation, a holy fear and good spiritual growth comes through a recognition of who is in need of whom in the relationship between the created and the Creator. This is the thought that is meant to be bound between our eyes and upon our heart; a thought that leads to a seal which identifies us as first belonging to the Lord and then to the Lord belonging to us. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Hebrews 8:10)

So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10)


#areopagus, #our-need-for-god, #relationship-with-god, #service, #worship

Stay Close (Ted Knight)

My Lady and I were in a mall on Tuesday, April 1st. As we walked along there was a man with a little boy who seemed about three years of age.

The father said to him, “Do you want to go home and stay with Mommy and Daddy?” The little boy said, “Yes!” The father then told his son, “You must stay close to Mommy and Daddy because there might be someone else who would want to take you home with them.” Continue reading

#edifier, #faithfulness, #relationship-with-god, #temptation

WBS student answers question, “How close are you to God?”

world-bible-schoolOn FB, an old college friend, Lowell White, posted this, which he graciously allowed me to reproduce here:

One of my WBS students who lives in Namibia answered the question, “How close are you to God?” this way:

“I think I have a relationship with God. For nearly 2 and a half years, I have been praying everyday at 4 o’clock in the monring for an 1 Hour and 30 minutes to feed my realtionship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This include praise and worship. I love the time that I spend in the presence of God because I can see the tangible blessings in my life and the change that has taken place within me. Its a blessing and I cant live without it. The reason why I commit myself to the WBS is to grow this relationship with God not only through prayer, praise and worship but to know His word and to live His word and I believe that the WBS will help me achieve that.”

Randal again: And how is your spiritual life with God doing these days?

#evangelism, #relationship-with-god, #world-bible-school, #zambia

Happiness tied to the intangible

Anthony J. D’Angelo stated “Treasure your relationships – not your possessions.” Worldly happiness is so tied to materialism that happiness is almost always a synonym for money. Recall the immortal words of 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 (Matthew 6:19-21).

As a child, it was my great grandmother who reminded us of the practical truth of the words of the Savior: “There is plenty of cheese in a mousetrap, but you will never find a happy mouse there.” Continue reading

#joy, #materialism, #relationship-with-god

Relationship with God (Glenn Hitchcock)


H.G. Wells, famous historian and philosopher, said at age 61: “I have no peace. All life is at the end of the tether.” The poet Byron said, “My days are in yellow leaf, the flowers and fruits of life are gone, the worm and the canker, and the grief are mine alone.” The literary genius Thoreau said, “Most men live lives of quiet desperation.”

Ralph Barton, one of the top cartoonists of the nations, left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life: “I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day.”

Beloved, true happiness can only be found in our relationship with Christ. Only in this relationship can we have “the peace that passeth all understanding” (Phil. 4:7). Remember, God has “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). Diligently work on your relationship with Christ and watch true happiness develop in your life.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#god, #relationship-with-god

Hugh’s News & Views (Jesus Knows Me)

hugh’s news & Views


Last week we wrote under the caption “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know,” the title of a well-known Christian hymn. It expresses both a simple and a deeply profound truth that lies at the heart of the gospel. However, the inverse of that title is also true: Jesus knows me, this I love. It is about this great biblical truth that I wish to write today.

In the beautiful parable of The Good Shepherd (John 10:11-16), Jesus declares, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own” (verse 14). Later He says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (verse 27, emphasis in the preceding verses mine). What reassuring words these are! It is very true that God wants us to know Him and that we must know Him if we are to experience eternal life with Him. Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). But how comforting and encouraging it is to know that God and Christ know us!

In his letter to the churches of Galatia (part of the modern-day country of Turkey), the apostle Paul reminded his readers (many of whom had been heathen idolaters) of both their past and their present. In an interesting and significant turn of phrases Paul writes, “But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those who by nature are not gods. But now that you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements to which you desire again to be in bondage” (Galatians 4:8-9)? These Galatian Christians were on the verge of becoming “fallen from grace” (5:4). In his fervent appeal to them to remain faithful to the gospel, Paul reminds them of their present exalted spiritual state: they know God and, better still, God knows them! Why should they forfeit that relationship? Why should we forfeit such a relationship? Jesus knows me, this I love!

Writing to a young preacher by the name of Timothy, Paul affirmed, “Nevertheless, the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’ ” (II Timothy 2:19). This great text clearly affirms that the Lord knows the identity of His people, all of those who truly belong to Him, but it also gives the blessed assurance that the Lord knows His people, that He loves and cares for those who are His own.

Peter wrote to Christians: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (I Peter 2:9-10).

On the other hand, it is unspeakably sad to realize that many who profess to know God and claim to be known by Him will be lost on the day of judgment. Listen to Christ as He comes to the climax of His great Sermon on the Mount: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonderful works in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work iniquity’ ” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Do you know the Lord? Does the Lord know you? Can you truthfully say, “Jesus knows me, this I love”? What blessed assurance for those who can say it and know that it is true.

Hugh Fulford

February 19, 2013

#hughfulford, #knowledge, #love, #relationship-with-god