Advertising Your Spirituality

Advertising Your Spirituality

You see a lot of people who claim to be very “spiritual” people.  Most of these people like to advertise just how “spiritual” they are.

Spirituality isn’t painted on the side of a van, bus, trailer, car or house.

Spirituality is painted in your heart.  It’s painted there for you and God to see and that’s all that matters.

Read Matthew 6:1-18 Continue reading

Set Your Heart

Set Your Heart

Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”

I like the message in this verse.

People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted?  Why hasn’t God taken care of me?  How could God let this happen to me?

They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.”

The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”.  It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. Continue reading

Happy Labor Day – It Starts With Your Attitude

Happy Labor Day – It Starts With Your Attitude

 Colossians 3:23

New Revised Standard Version:

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters

English Standard Version:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Christian Standard Bible Version:

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people

New International Version:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

I thought today I would write in reference to the holiday we are celebrating, Labor Day. Continue reading

Humble and Contrite

Humble and Contrite

Isaiah 66:1-2

Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
    and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word

Through the words of Isaiah, God is reminding us about what matters most in our lives, and that is having God in your heart.

This is one of the issues I have with the large corporate churches.  They tell us that their lavish buildings and furnishings are for the glory of God.  They tell us that the amount of money that flows through the organization is for doing the work of the Lord.    I’m not quite sure what their excuse is for the lavish life style they lead.  Perhaps they feel it is their just reward, the universe balancing out for them, rewarding them for being such a good person.  I don’t begrudge anyone for making any amount of money, no matter how obscene it might seem, but just be honest about it. Continue reading

God In Your Heart, Wisdom In Your Head

God In Your Heart, Wisdom In Your Head

Ecclesiastes 8:6-7

For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

King Solomon is speaking of the anxiety that we feel every day.  The fear and worry that we go through no matter how wonderful our lives may be.  We still operate with a small amount of fear and doubt about the future.

It’s a fear of the unknown.  No matter what anyone my try to tell you, there is not, there never has been and there never will be anyone who can honestly predict the future.

You might say, well what about the prophets? Continue reading

They Look To The Earth

They Look To The Earth

Isaiah 8:19-22

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

Isaiah is speaking about those who choose to consult mediums and spiritualists, those who feel the dead can give foresight and insight to the living.  He is talking about those who choose not to have God in their hearts.  He informs them of the results of such a choice.  Isaiah is addressing what happens to us when times are tough, our faith is tested, and we have failed to let God into our hearts. Continue reading

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Unless the Lord builds the house.

What is the house that King David is talking about?  It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings.  To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading