1. Caring for the Poor
    03 Jul, 2018
    Caring for the Poor
    If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.  Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, 'The seventh year, the year of release is near,' and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing,
  2. Jesus is Not Ashamed of His Family
    21 Jun, 2018
    Jesus is Not Ashamed of His Family
    For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise." Hebrews 2:11-12 When I was a teenager there were times when I was ashamed to be seen with my dad.  I hate to admit that, but it's true. There were lots of reasons why, but it basically came down to my desire to be "cool", and I thought my dad was definitely "not
  3. How to Treat Others
    20 Jun, 2018
    How to Treat Others
    "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12  Jesus' words above are probably familiar to all of us.   Yet no matter how familiar we are with this maxim, it remains a challenging statement of how we are to treat each other. We are to treat others the way we wish we would be treated. Think about that.   When I think about my own wish list of how I would like to be treated, it goes something like this . . . I wish I
  4. Clean Vs. Unclean
    19 Jun, 2018
    Clean Vs. Unclean
    And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean."  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."  And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.  Mark 1:40-42 I've been going through Leviticus lately. One of the things that is readily apparent when one goes through the the book of Leviticus is that it goes into great detail about what the Israelites were to consider "clean"
  5. Love and Devotion
    18 Jun, 2018
    Love and Devotion
    But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you."  Ruth 1:16-17 A long time ago there was a famine in the land of Judah.  Because of the famine, a man named Elimelech decided that it might be better to live somewhere
  6. The Love of Money
    06 Jun, 2018
    The Love of Money
    For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10 Years ago, when I was a middle school music teacher, I had a student who told me about the song, It's All About the Benjamins by Puff Daddy.  I wasn't the hip, with it guy you've grown to know and love back then, so I had no idea what he was talking about. "Benjamins?" I asked.  "What's that?" The student smiled