Today

When should I evaluate my life to see if I am walking in the way God would have me to walk? The answer is “Today”. Every day that is called today. Even every moment of today. The writer of Hebrews talks about this very fact in chapters 3 and 4. He quotes from Psalms 95 […]

When should I evaluate my life to see if I am walking in the way God would have me to walk?

The answer is “Today”. Every day that is called today. Even every moment of today.

The writer of Hebrews talks about this very fact in chapters 3 and 4. He quotes from Psalms 95 and says that David is the one who wrote that Psalm.

7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, (Psalms 95:7-8 ESV)

John gives us the promise from Jesus, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV)

There is no limitation given to the number of times Jesus will forgive. Jesus even expressed to Peter that we are to forgive every time an individual who sins against us repents. Does he not do the same toward us?

Today, this very moment, is the time for personal evaluation. It is the time to listen to what God wants me to do and to do it. Today is the time to turn away from my selfish, self-centered thoughts and intentions and listen to how God would have me to be and to do his will.

Today is the day to stop my rebellion and renew my faithfulness to God’s way and His will. Every day that is called today is that day.

Treasure of Truth

The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse. Consider this verse: Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the...

Choose God in Every Decision

Every day we are forced to make decisions. What will I have for breakfast, what will I wear, how will I act? But how often do we allow God to influence those decisions? It may seem kind of crazy to think about. We may say, “Does God care what I have for breakfast?”...

The Hope Chest

In 1957, my grandfather was in high school shop class, and he built my grandmother a hope chest. They were high school sweethearts and were married in August following their graduation in May. The hope chest, made from cedar, now sits in my parents living room where...

Pine Straw

put out fresh pine straw in our flower beds each year. From my local gardening experts (my wife Jane and Terry Pruitt), I understand that pine straw is great for our plants. It helps to retain moisture, insulate the root systems, helps prevent weeds and improves the...

Love Lifted Me

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16...

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly said to Jesus, ‘All of self and none of thee.’”...

Reflections on Summer

As the summer comes to an end, I enjoy reflecting on the special times we had in the children’s ministry. Our summer was packed full with events, service projects, and Bible lessons. At our annual Back to School Bash, the children and I discussed how looking back on...

Practical Application

Is the following an example of Jesus using practical application? A man asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in essence replied, “What does God say?” “What do you understand the Bible to say?” Are you reading the Bible? Do you understand what...

Ironing

I finally caught up on my ironing last night. I had been putting it off for a few days. Uh, yes, I know how to iron. Our mother made sure her boys knew how to iron, vacuum, clean house, wash dishes and clothes. Was your mother not mean like that? I’ve even ironed with...

As In The Beginning

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. We learn a lot about God in the first three chapters and none of it changes. The Bible is a big book, but the lessons of the first three chapters remain. God created man as male and female. His first directive to them was “to be...