If You Don’t Pity the Rich, Perhaps There is Envy in Your Heart

Do I find envy a problem? Specifically, do I find envy of the rich a problem. Most references to the rich in the Bible, more accurately those referring to those who ‘trust in wealth,’ warn of the dangers of wealth. Solomon serves as a case study of where things can go wrong even when I start right. So if I …

Jesus What Do I Do? – Correct Question

Jesus What Do I Do? Jesus what do I do is the correct question not what would Jesus do? I’ve never been fond of religious jewelry and trinkets, except for an occasional classic cross. When WWJD became popular, I conceived some value in the phrase as a reminder of what we are to be about, but I didn’t run out …

Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross ‘Take up your cross’ is a central concept in practical Christianity and daily discipleship. And yet much of the time, I don’t wake up and start the day thinking, ‘take up your cross.’ Since I set the alarm for 3:00 am— a 6:00 am flight to Austin—I first tried to remember if I fixed the coffee …

Chief of Sinners

Chief of Sinners Paul describes himself as the chief of sinners. This also refers to an experience all maturing as disciples must go through. A day will come when all of us will think of ourselves as the chief of sinners. My stepfather, one of the top ten blessings in my life, and I agree on many things. As a …

Listen to God

Few Christians dispute that they need to listen to God, but Oswald Chambers wrote in the February 12 writing of My Utmost for His Highest that we frequently do not listen to God. ‘We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God—we simply don’t listen to Him.’ Rather than to listen to God, Chambers goes further to say we prefer to listen …

Heaven

It is fitting that I write about heaven on a rainy grey day. Outside I see wet and grey and dreary, but I know that above the clouds, the sun shines brightly, a metaphor for life.  Even if my life gives me the best circumstances possible, it pales in comparison to heaven. I don’t have many tangible descriptions in the Bible …

Answered Prayer: How to Get There

I near the final goal, answered prayer and how to get there. So I’ve discussed: concept of God, believing is seeing, what to pray for, how to pray, and how often should I pray. If I have been reading and starting to apply previous posts, I will start to grasp what Oswald Chambers writes in yesterdays reading in My Utmost …

How Often Should I Pray? The Value of Persistence in Prayer: Prayer V

How often should I pray? God heard me the first time, didn’t he? Yes. So why do I need to ask again? And again? Persistence in Prayer is Important for these reasons: 1. Persistence in prayer, in coming to God over the same question or problem and reading his word, will cause ancillary distractions and personal deception to drop off …