Opportunities

Say you were given an opportunity to have $847 deposited into your bank account every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Would that make you excited? Then you find out the catch, there is always a catch. You must spend all the money each day; whatever you do not spend you lose. […]

Say you were given an opportunity to have $847 deposited into your bank account every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Would that make you excited? Then you find out the catch, there is always a catch. You must spend all the money each day; whatever you do not spend you lose. That is not a bad thing. I mean you get another $847 the next day! How would you handle that? Would you make lists or put a lot of thought into how you spend the money each day? Now let me change the scenario: you now become the bank, God is the banker and time is the currency. Every day at midnight, God deposits in us 86,400 seconds to use or waste. We are GIVEN something far more precious than money each day, and often we take it for granted. If someone is stealing your money, would you not be upset? We guard our money very closely and yet we let Satan steal our time everyday, and we do nothing about it. Growing up, I always heard the older you get, the faster time goes. I never understood that until I became a father. Looking back, I see I spent so much time doing the things I thought were important rather than spending my time with the ones that are important!
The lesson that our teens studied this past Wednesday was about a Greek statue named Opportunity Statue. It is an odd-looking statue where the man’s head has long flowing hair in the front and is bald in the rear. The statue was built to remind us that we can enjoy opportunities while they are in front of us but when they pass behind us, they are gone forever. This time of year is always a reminder for us to slow down and appreciate those around us. We need to look for opportunities that are in front of us, to share our time with not only the ones we love, but also the strangers we encounter every day.

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not...

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon the nature of the instruction or leading to which a...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37...

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He had already made his choice. He shared it with...

John 17: 20-23

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory...

Thank You, RCOC!

What a turn out Sunday night. What a joyful, fulfilling evening. What an example of organized chaos. But we got it done. Over 150 buckets filled. All delivered to Healing Hands and they should be headed out today to the ship that will deliver them to those in need in...

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the nicest man in his  profession. After reading his...

We Need Your Help

When? Sunday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.   For What? We are loading buckets of essential items to be sent to those fleeing from the war in Ukraine.   Healing Hands International has provided us with a list of essential items that will...

Revival

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? I don’t know what the word “REVIVAL” brings to mind for you. For some people it may bring to mind a very specific picture of a church event. This week I am at a youth minister’s retreat in Columbia,...

Three Levels of Maturity

I’m not sure where the following thoughts are taken from, but they are worth considering again and striving to follow. It seems there are three levels of maturity we pass through. They apply to our lives in general, but also to each individual struggle or issue we...