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Thought for the Day (Page 5)

How confident are you?

The recipients of the letter to the Hebrews in our New Testament were struggling with doubt—doubting that the choice they had made to follow Christ was the right thing to do. Thus, the writer repeatedly encouraged them to hang on to their “confidence.” He emphasized “the beginning” of their “confidence” (Heb. 3:14). They were converted to Christ because they were absolutely convinced of the…

Treasures

The word “treasure” is found 22 times in the New Testament and Jesus spoke nearly 75% of those occurrences. Jesus wanted us to focus on where we place our treasures—in other words, what do we treasure? He specifically instructed to stop laying up for ourselves “treasures on earth” (Matt. 6:19), for one “who lays up treasure for himself…is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). …

How’s the fishing going?

There are some people who absolutely love fishing. Some of my best friends through the years have been avid fishermen, for whom I have great respect and admiration. The reality is that all of my Christian friends are fishermen. When Jesus called His disciples, He said, “I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). What a vivid description of the purpose and work of…

Your choices impact others

Sometimes we may think that what we do and how we live only impacts us personally, so if I make certain choices or behave a certain way, that’s my problem and no one else’s. Such a concept is completely foreign to reality and, for sure, foreign to Scripture.  For example, did you know that whether a man is qualified to serve as an…

The praise I truly want

There were some individuals in John 12 who believed in Jesus. Not everyone in Jesus’ day actually believed in Him, so these people were already in an elite group. However, note carefully what Scripture reveals about them: “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;…

Respect God’s Word that much?

How can you tell how much someone respects God’s Word? There may be a number of ways to answer that question, but one key measurement is to listen to his words. Consider the highest respect that two persons had for God’s Word—a respect that we must emulate.   In John 12:49-50, Jesus stated, “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father…

Take a minute to refresh and remember

Do the latest news reports have you worried about what’s going on? Are the stresses of your job becoming more unbearable? Is there family tension that is causing you to feel increased levels of anxiety? Are your personal finances not enough to meet increased expenses? Are you stressed, anxious, worried, overwhelmed, maybe even a bit panicked? For 60 seconds, take a pause. Take two deep breaths. Shut out…

“For His mercy endures forever”

41 times in the Old Testament, you will read the expression, “His mercy endures forever.” Perhaps not surprisingly, 33 of those 41 times are in the book of Psalms. And one of those psalms, which has 26 verses in it, contains that marvelous expression 26 times. At the end of every verse in Psalm 136, the psalmist exclaims, “For His mercy endures forever.” Is that…