I’ve been living at my current address for 40 years and something happened last night that has never happened before – we were evacuated! Continue reading
The wintry mix wasn’t as bad as predicted or as bad as most of us imagined it would be. Though I haven’t ventured out as of yet, I have walked around outside and taken a few “signs” of the conditions. Continue reading
Everyone has broken the Commandments and it is obvious that we’re all stoned, that is, deserving of God’s judgment and death sentence. Continue reading
Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ Luke 14:20
What a lame excuse this is. I always thought a spouse would be a good reason to go to church but I guess some could use love as an excuse. Continue reading
Some people won’t attend church because, they say, it’s full of hypocrites! So is Walmart because hypocrites do their shopping there. Or Kroger’s because hypocrites do their shopping there too.
Hypocrites go to the movies, swim at the beach, attend high school basketball games, and drive on the road. Continue reading
His preparations were complete and the invitations were delivered. But each friend began to make and excuse not to attend this elaborate supper.
The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ Luke 14:18
Who would buy a piece of land without seeing it first? That’s just crazy. For all he knows he could have bought 20 acres of prime, Grade-A swampland!
Land is an investment. Other investments include homes, businesses, stocks, bonds, gold, silver, 401K’s, and mutual funds.
Some invest in racecars, racehorses, or sports teams. For the most part people invest in something that will make money or increase the value of something else.
However to take an investment of land or otherwise to the extreme of missing out on God’s blessing is going way overboard. And that is exactly what so many are doing.
Investments in this life are temporary.
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matt 16:26
Your best investment in not in things of this world,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:19-21
Don’t let your possessions become an excuse to not serve God, not go to church, and not help others.
Abba, all I have belongs to You. I am just a steward. I want to be invested in You. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Excuses are a part of everyday life. You may make one to someone else and they may make one to you.
Every teacher has heard excuses for why assignments were not done and homework not turned in. And just so you will know, the dog doesn’t really like to eat homework.
God hears excuses all the time as in the case of a parable that Jesus told.
It seems a man invited his friends to a great supper. He went to the time an expense to prepare and cook for them. It was probably a very impressive spread.
When everything was ready the man called his friends to come and eat. I don’t know about you but if someone invites me to supper – I’m there! But that’s not what happened in this story.
But they all with one accord began to make excuses. Luke 14:18
Though each man had his own excuse, they all made them together. I’m already suspicious about the truthfulness of each reason for not going to the supper. I have discovered that many excuses are just lies.
Don’t get me wrong. I know there can be legitimate excuses. I recently was asked to do a funeral but I turned it down.
It seems the daughter of the man that died thought we were really close friends. I explained I haven’t seen him in at least 40 years and that I didn’t remember him in high school at all. That most of my memories of him were from elementary school – around 50 years ago.
It was the truth and she understood.
But how can someone make an excuse to the Almighty?
Find out through the next series of Morning Thoughts.
Abba, I made many excuses to not be saved but I am glad I quit and accepted your gift of love, grace, and forgiveness. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
It’s never too late to repent and turn your life over to God! As long as you have breath and there is a today, then there is an opportunity.
And it doesn’t matter how old or young you may be; or how much sinfulness you have committed – you can come to the Lord today.
The only ones to show up around the birth of Jesus were shepherds. Perhaps there may have been a few others – a midwife or a relative of Joseph or Mary that was living in Bethlehem at the time.
But certainly there was no pomp and circumstance at His arrival that drew masses of followers.
In fact, it was eight days after His birth when Joseph and Mary took Jesus for ritual circumcision, according to the Law.
While there two people came to them unannounced.
First, an elderly man named Simeon.
And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, [Simeon] took Him up in his arms and blessed God… Luke 2:27-28
Then an eighty-four year old woman named Anna also walked up to them.
And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2:38
So just because you may be late for the birth doesn’t mean it’s too late to meet Jesus. After all, most of the disciples won’t meet Him until He’s thirty years old.
So come meet Him today.
Abba, I pray for those that need to meet Jesus today. YES&AMEN
Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Day!
Your plans may be to open presents or capture those precious memories as the kids open theirs.
You may be planning a big Christmas dinner, watching a Christmas movie or perhaps a church service to celebrate the birth of the Savior.
Whatever you are doing remember there are others that must work today, just like the shepherds were working.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8
The hospitals have doctors and nurses around the clock. The police and fire departments are staffed.
And, of course, there are men and women in the Armed Forces that are far, far from home and even though they may get off duty later on, they won’t be able to sit down with their families.
The shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15
Just like the shepherds, each person should make the time to stop and visit with the Savior today – through prayer, praise, worship, and acts of kindness to others.
Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. Luke 2:17
Each should share with others the testimony of salvation and God’s blessings!
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. Luke 2:20
Work is a part of living! You should return to work with praise and thanksgiving to the Lord!
Abba, I pray protection on those protecting me today. I pray they find time to pause and see the Christ today! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7