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Thought for the Day

How’s your happiness level?

Some people’s happiness level goes up and down with (and like) the stock market, or fluctuates like (or with) the weather, or ebbs and flows with the words, attitudes and relationships of folks around them. In other words, a person’s happiness level could vary (in these circumstances) throughout a typical day. Will you read Proverbs 16:20 and think about it? Remember that Hebrew parallelism…

Constant in prayer

From the time that Nehemiah set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, there was opposition, namely from some neighboring officials named, Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem (Neh. 2:19-20). At every step of the way, they tried to interfere and stop the rebuilding. In chapter 6, they attempted a variety of devious and dishonest methods of discouraging and impeding Nehemiah. It’s no wonder that in the…

It is a joy to do right unto others

The first part of Proverbs 21:15 could (and probably does) have a dual meaning. The American Standard Version reads, “It is joy to the righteous to do justice.” The English Standard Version reads slightly different, “When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous.” According to the ESV, when the righteous see justice administered (perhaps by government or some other authority), it brings…

You are a saint

It is discouraging and a bit frustrating when a Bible word loses its meaning due to misuse of the word. The word “saint” is one such word. Unfortunately, one religious group has tainted the word to refer to a highly virtuous person who has died but was later canonized as a “saint.” Others think that only a perfect person is a “saint”—“What’d you expect! I’m no…

What’s my motivation for doing nice things?

Our world looks at “doing nice things for others” or “helping others” and sometimes asks, “Ok, well, what’s in it for me? What do I get out of it?” If we are not careful (as Christians), that same mentality can creep into our hearts. We must be vigilant to guard against it. Jesus addressed this topic in Luke chapter 6, with three scenarios: “…if you love…

Convinced they’re right, but…

One of the most sobering passages in the Bible is found at the end of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7. Jesus pleaded with His disciples to “Enter by the narrow gate,” because “many” will miss it and “go in” the wide gate “by” the broad way to destruction (7:13). Jesus used that same word—“many”—nine verses later to reveal what would happen…

Why do I want the praise of others?

Do you suppose the apostle Paul ever had Christians telling him how great he was, how wonderful his sermons were, how talented a preacher he was? No doubt he did. That’s the nature of people. Some even went so far as to hold him up as “their preacher” and to claim, “I am of Paul” (1 Cor. 1:12). Do you think that went to Paul’s head?…

Some members denying themselves

While speaking with one of our elderly members on the phone, this member made the following observation about the generous spirit that seems to permeate this congregation and leads to incredibly large contributions: “I think we probably have some members who are not able to give what they give, but they deny themselves in order to give to the Lord.” Think about that…