How to Help People (Part 1)

“Peter…went up…to the temple at the hour of prayer.” Ac 3:1 NKJV The Bible says: “Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer…And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple…to ask alms from those who entered…who, seeing Peter and John…asked for alms…Peter said, ‘Look at us.’ So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have … [Read more...]

Show Grace, Because You’ll Need It Yourself!

“If a…relationship with God could come by rule-keeping…Christ died unnecessarily.” Gal 2:21 TM While grace doesn’t give anyone a license to live as they please, the judgmentalism that comes from insisting that others live by our standards has caused untold damage. Chuck Swindoll writes: “Legalism spreads a paralyzing venom…blinds our eyes, dulls our edge and arouses pride in our heart…love is overshadowed by a mental clipboard with a long checklist requiring others to measure up…soon friendship … [Read more...]

Obedience Training

“I delight to do Your will.” Ps 40:8 NKJV Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth, wrote: “Tonight I sit on the porch, our old German Shepherd dog lying at my feet. Thunder rumbles in the distance. As the storm nears he tears into the front yard to meet it…furiously doing battle. As it passes he returns to the porch, convinced he has driven it away. He’s a German guard dog, carefully trained in search and rescue, attack and obedience. Search and rescue in these mountains can come in handy. I can’t imagine an … [Read more...]

The Cure for Worry

“Offer up your prayers and requests to God.” Php 4:6 CEV The Bible says, “With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then…God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel” (vv. 6-7 CEV). When you pray more, you worry less. That means you have a choice: Either pray about it or worry about it. In prayer you give the problem to God, therefore you experience more peace of mind. Does that mean you won’t … [Read more...]

Break Your Alabaster Jar (Part 3)

“She has done a beautiful thing to me.” Mk 14:6 NIV Most of us are good actors, but it’s difficult to fake a reaction. And when the woman broke the alabaster jar, the reaction of the disciples is telling. “Why this waste?” They thought she was pouring her perfume down the drain by pouring it at Jesus’ feet. They called it a waste, but He called it “a beautiful thing.” Then He went on to say, “Wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of … [Read more...]

Break Your Alabaster Jar (Part 2)

“More than a year’s wages.” Mk 14:5 NIV It’s possible the alabaster jar of perfume represented every penny of this woman’s life savings. The value is evidenced by the fact that two gospel writers find it noteworthy enough to give us a written estimate: three hundred denarii—the equivalent of an entire year’s salary. Let’s get down to brass tacks. For most of us, the alabaster jar of perfume is money. It’s our nest egg. It’s our paycheck. It’s our retirement fund. And the question is this: Are … [Read more...]

Break Your Alabaster Jar (Part 1)

“A woman who had lived a sinful life…brought an alabaster jar of perfume.” Lk 7:37 NIV The Bible says, “A woman who had lived a sinful life…brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping…poured perfume on them” (vv. 37-38 NIV). This perfume was pure nard, a perennial herb that is harvested in the Himalayas. Half a litre of it! And the jar itself, made of translucent gemstones, was probably a family heirloom. It might even have been her dowry. Plain and … [Read more...]

“A woman who had lived a sinful life…brought an alabaster jar of perfume.” Lk 7:37 NIV The Bible says, “A woman who had lived a sinful life…brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping…poured perfume on them” (vv. 37-38 NIV). This perfume was pure nard, a perennial herb that is harvested in the Himalayas. Half a litre of it! And the jar itself, made of translucent gemstones, was probably a family heirloom. It might even have been her dowry. Plain and … [Read more...]

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Take Better Care of Your Body

“Honor God with your body.” 1Co 6:20 NLT Unless you get into better shape physically, you may go to heaven sooner than you planned. The Bible says, “Honor God with your body.” How do you do that? (1) Change your diet. Many of us eat for the wrong reasons—like stress, boredom, fatigue, anger, depression, and low self-esteem. Try to get to the root of your problem. Insufficient fruit, vegetables, and fiber, and too much fast food can wreak havoc with your health. Practice self-control. “Those who … [Read more...]

Doodlebugs and Gossips

“The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles.” Pr 18:8 NKJV The doodlebug lives at the bottom of a little cone-shaped hole that he burrows in the sand. He gets down as low as possible so he’s always looking up at everything else. When the ant comes around and gets on the side of this carefully prepared cone, the doodlebug feels a few grains of sand slide down, which signals him that “food” is up there. At that point he begins to throw dirt on his victim. What he’s trying to do is drag the … [Read more...]