To do What is Right and Just

Proverbs 21:3, 27 (NIV) 3.To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 27.The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable- how much more so when brought with evil intent! God doesn't need your offering in the plate, but you need to give it! Sometimes we get the idea that if we give to God or make some kind of sacrifice, God is indebted to us. Maybe then He will overlook our sins that we refuse to forsake. The justification in our minds goes something like this: "I don't want to give up this thing that I know is wrong, so instead, I will give to the needy." Good deeds don't nullify evil ones. They don't earn you points in heaven. We are expected to do good when we are able to. That is simply the right thing to do. Not to do so is evil.

To Cover Over an Offense Promotes Love

Proverbs 12:16 (NIV) 16A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. 17:9-10 (NIV) 9.He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. 10.A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. Julio Ruibal was one of the instrumental men in the revival of Cali, Columbia. He was a man of prayer and fasting. After coming to Cali to minister, he joined the association of pastors and met with them regularly. At one meeting, someone said something that offended him. He decided to quit going. After separating himself for some time, the Lord spoke to his heart and told him to refuse to be offended. He returned to the group with his apologies, a humbler man.

Choose to Rejoice!

Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Which Report Will We Give?

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. When the twelve spies were sent into Canaan to spy out the land, ten returned with a bad report. Their assessment was that it was impossible to conquer the land that God had promised them. Forgetting how God had led them with a pillar of fire by night, and fed them manna from heaven during the day, brought forth water out of a rock, and parted the Red Sea, they saw the situation with only their natural eyes, failed to walk by faith, and succumbed to fear.

May Your Sins be Removed as Far as the East and the West!

Leviticus 16:13-16, 21-22 And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die. 14 He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 "Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

We're in the Midst of Awesome Days!

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Be a Cultivator of Good Soil!

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Choose Repentance!

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Read Your Own Mail

Submitting to one another in the fear of God.-Ephesians 5:21 Sometimes wives choke on the verse that says, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." They might say, "I don't want to submit to my husband or anybody else." But before God tells wives to submit to their husbands, God tells both husbands and wives to submit to one another in the reverence of God.

Sticking Together

Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.-Mark 10:9 When I was a kid, I would build models. However, I was really bad at it, because I would get glue everywhere. So when I decided to build a model as an adult, I thought I would be so much better at it. But I discovered that I was as bad as I always had been. Glue was everywhere.

It Starts with the Family

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.-Exodus 20:12 Few things in life can bring us as much pleasure or pain as our families. When things are working well in the family, it's great. When things are not going so well, it's tough. Parents have tension with children. Children have tension with parents. Husbands have tension with wives. Wives have tension with husbands. Then there are the in-laws. Families are complex. But God established the family.

Your Attitude should be the Same as that of Christ Jesus

Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV) 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!

As the Deer Pants for Streams of Water, so my Soul Pants for you

Psalms 42:1-3 (NIV) 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" The words of the first verse have become one of the most popular choruses in the church today. In the song, it is used as an expression of desire to know God more intimately, but in the psalm it is a cry for deliverance from his situation. It is reminiscent of Job when he pleaded to present his case before God.

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37 One day, an expert on the Law of Moses came to Jesus and tried to trap Him by asking Him what a person must do to live forever. Jesus first asked him a question; then He went on to tell him a story to explain what it means to love your neighbor. "There was once a man who was walking along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him. They stripped off his clothes, beat him and left him half dead beside the road. A priest happened to be going down the same road. When he saw the wounded man, he crossed to the other side and walked on. Later a Levite who worked in the Temple came along. He went over and looked at the man. But he too left the wounded man and carried on walking. Then a Samaritan came along. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. He knelt down, cleaned the man's wounds and bandaged them. Then the Samaritan put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn where he was cared for until he got better."

The Cost of Following Jesus

Luke 9:57-62 One day, when Jesus and His disciples were walking along the road, a man said to Jesus, "I will follow You wherever you go." Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down." Later, Jesus said to another man, "Follow me!" But the man replied, "Sir, let me first wait until my father has died, then I will follow You." Jesus replied, "Let those who don't have eternal life take care of things like that. You go and tell people about the kingdom of God." Someone else said, "I will follow you Lord, but let me first go home to say good-bye to everyone." Jesus said to him, "Anyone who is distracted from doing the work I have planned is like a farmer who tries to plow in a straight line, but keeps looking behind him."

The Greatest and the Least

Mark 9:33-37, Luke 9:48 While the disciples were on their way to Capernaum they got into an argument about which of them was the greatest. When they arrived in Capernaum, Jesus asked them, "What were you arguing about while we were walking along the road?" The disciples were embarrassed and didn't answer. Calling the twelve together, Jesus sat down and said, "If someone wants to be first he must put himself last and if he wants to be great he must be the servant of all." Jesus brought a child to stand in front of them and gave him a hug. Then He said, "Whoever welcomes a child welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me, welcomes the One who sent Me. The one who becomes the least-he is the greatest."