Saturday, April 24, 2010


“What is the price of five sparrows
—two copper coins?
Yet God does not forget a single one of them…
So don’t be afraid;
you are more valuable to God
than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Luke 12:6-7 NLT

People often base their self-worth on material possessions – physical appearance – abilities – achievements – etc., which leads to arrogance and pride. If those standards determine self-worth then people who don’t measure up, see themselves as failures, and not worth much.

However, in God’s eyes our worth is not determined by what we have done or not done. Our worth is based on what God has done! God created us in his own image! No one else in all of creation can claim that. Talk about worth!! Our value is based on the value he places on us. He considered us so valuable that he sacrified his own son on the cross that we could be forgiven. Giving us his Holy Spirit to live in us is further evidence of the worth he placed on us. Galatians 4:6-7 says “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”

Take courage my friend, your true self-worth is not governed by the rise and fall of the material or social values of this world. Before the foundations of the world were laid God determined what our worth would be.

How much are you worth?!! It’s measureless!! Just think of all he has done to make it possible for you to spend eternity with him. That’s the value he has placed on you.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


“Oh, that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us
as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.”
Hosea 6:3 NLT

Most of us, who trust in the Lord, have precious memories of the joy that filled our hearts, and the spiritual fire which burned in our souls when we first believed. But most likely since then we have also experienced times when the joy of the Lord had faded and the fire had died down to ash covered embers. What happened? What brought about the change?

In science there is a principle that says, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The same principle is also at work in our spiritual lives. If we draw back from the Lord, by whatever degree, we are drawing closer to the enemy of our soul, and consequently lose joy and fire. This “backsliding” never just happens to us, it is brought about by personal choices we make.

Our key scriptures today from Hosea six is part of a call to God’s people to repent. They had drifted from him, and were about to suffer severe consequences. The prophet identifying himself with them says, “Come, let us return to the Lord… Let us press on to know him.” To know him implies more than just having information about him. It refers to taking deliberate steps to have an intimate relationship with him – a relationship which grows out of obedient submission to him.

If we have never been close to the Lord, or find ourselves not as close as we once were, we don’t need to be afraid to admit it to him. We can press ever closer to him, he won’t scold us or push us away. His arms are wide open to welcome us! Our “pressing on to know him,” has been on his heart all along - that’s what he has been waiting for. “He will respond to us favorably as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

Saturday, April 10, 2010


“In his grace,
God has given us different gifts
for doing certain things well.”
Romans 12:6a NLT

We may have watched someone perform a very complicated task with ease, or listened to an instrumentalist or vocalist performing with exceptional skill, and thought, “I could never do that.” While that may be true, the good news is we are not responsible for other people’s gifts.

God has created us with specific abilities to accomplish the purpose he has for our life. “So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:6b-8

Our gifts are those God-given abilities which we enjoy using to bless others. They may be different from other people’s gifts, but they are in no way superior or inferior in the eyes of the one who gave them. So we must guard against the temptation of comparing gifts. God knows which gifts are best suited for our personality, and will enable us to do well what he wants to accomplish through us.

No one is left empty handed. Everyone is gifted in some way, and all of us have the privilege and responsibility to discover, develop, and use those gifts to serve others. As we faithfully use our gifts, we experience a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, and bring glory to the giver.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


“Don’t be alarmed.
You are looking for Jesus
of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!
Look, this is where they laid his body.”
Mark 16:6 NLT

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. Churches will be crowded. Even people who don’t regularly attend will make a special effort to be there. Why? What is so special about Easter? Some people may make the effort because that’s what they traditionally do on Easter. But we who have a personal relationship with Christ, and attend church regularly celebrate Easter because it marks the anniversary of our Savior’s resurrection.

The reality of the resurrection of Jesus is the foundation on which the Christian Faith is built. Paul says: “if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!..... But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead.” 1 Corinthians 15:17-18,20 On that first Easter morning the angel announced to those who visited the tomb: “He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.” Acts 1:3 reports, “During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive.” Because he’s alive we can confidently believe his teachings, and with full assurance claim all his promises.

Because He Lives
by William J. Gaither

God sent His Son – they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory – and I'll know He lives.

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BECAUSE HE LIVES to hear this beautiful song.