My wife and I are in a small group. We meet weekly with people from our church to talk about Sunday’s sermon, the Bible passage, and pray together. One of the real benefits is hearing other people’s insights and ideas. Recently we were talking about how easy it is to over-commit. For a lot of … Continue reading When is being nice a bad thing?
This week we’re probing the idea of how to be wealthy (without any money). In 1 Timothy 6:18 Paul writes, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” Connected to this, on Wednesday we talked about having a real relationship with God. And on … Continue reading Leaving a legacy of wealth
In our society, the words “rich” and “poor” have dual meanings. On one hand, someone is “rich” when they have a lot of money, and someone is “poor” when they don’t. But we also think people are “rich” when they have wisdom and strong friendships. In the same way, someone is “poor” when they neglect … Continue reading Priceless!
Our egos are like Jabba the Hutt. They can be hungry, self-serving beasts who are always wanting more. Today's devo suggests one thing you can do to up your sincerity before God, making your kindness a bit more about him and less about you.
I don’t think I’ve met a single person who hasn’t had challenges in their life. Sure, some challenges seem bigger than others. Some people have had children die or been sexually abused or experienced other kids of trauma. But any kind of difficulty—no matter the “size”—can change your life forever. When we’ve gone through something … Continue reading Recycle your pain
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” (NIV) Today's Thought Most of us probably have a role model. A role model is someone you look up to, someone who provides you with a good example—something to aspire to in life. For years I would have said my role model … Continue reading A great investment opportunity
Philippians 4:8 “…whatever is commendable… think about these things.” (ESV) Today's Thought This week I’m suggesting practical things we can do to love one another. We’ve talked about the importance of taking your own sin seriously, about listening before talking, and about using words that encourage. (To review those posts just scroll down and navigate … Continue reading What’s good in their life?
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (NIV) Today's Thought There are certain bible passages that, to me, are like the mail carrier. They just keep coming back. And … Continue reading Lose the guilt
Psalm 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger…” (NIV) Today's Thought One of the inevitabilities of this time of year is get-togethers. It happens in families, with friends, at work parties, semi-formals, church and volunteering events. For some people, it’s something to look forward to. But for others, … Continue reading Mr or Miss Unexpectedly Generous
Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works..." (ESV) Today's Thought According to the ads you see on TV, Christmas should make everyone happy. Plus, with all the stories and songs we hear in church and on the radio about peace and joy, you’d think it’d be a slam-dunk … Continue reading Merry or Meaningful?