October 25, 2017

Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or worse, stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. – Matthew 6:19-21 (Message)

In 2016, Americans spent nearly $33 billion on self-storage. In 2015, less than ten percent of U.S. households rented a self-s...

October 23, 2017

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-12

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Pastors do so much every week for their churches, but this is the month that we can spend some extra time seeking to show them our appreciation for all that they do. Her...

October 17, 2017

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. – Ephesians 6:17-18

While teaching recently on the command the apostle Paul gave to the church at Ephesus, “Be filled with the Spirit,” I pointed out that not only is it a command that appeals to our will but it was given in the present tense or continuous action in the original language. Literally...

October 5, 2017

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus introduces his disciples to a reward system for doing good things in secret. I know that sounds foreign to us, especially in our age of Facebook, Twitter and the selfie generation, but nonetheless it’s biblical according to Jesus. There are rewards promised by God when we do certain things without others knowing a...

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