Seasonal Generosity

One person asks another person for something on December 15th. The second person replies, “Well, I wouldn’t normally, but since it’s Christmas…” We’re nice to people on their birthdays when we wouldn’t give them anything on another day. Especially our birthday. Social pressure requires generosity at times and seasons, and liberates us from any responsibility …

A Worthy Walk

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as …

Don’t Fear a Crowd

Yahweh set and declared your value. Others, including you, can make declarations that differ from your Father’s, but the truth is set. False declarations don’t change the truth. They just don’t appreciate it. Being swayed by the opinions of your audience can cost you your success – even your inheritance. Wilt Chamberlain (basketball – NY …

Being Motivated

I measure maturity by how quickly a person responds to a situation with an answer that is influenced by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23.) I believe that our motivation to work and to service progresses through stages until we are finally moved to respond to opportunities by the power of the Spirit – …

Being Loved 4

Recently I made a mistake buying a bag of dog feed. Haste made waste. I looked at the breakdown of percentages of protein, fat, etc, but I forgot to check the ingredients. The previous bags were purchased at a discount when the local K-Mart was going out of business. They were expensive because they were …

Being Loved 2

Need a hug? If so, why? What does a hug do for you, to make you want one, or more so, need one? Being touched by someone is powerful in many ways. ¬†Being touched by restaurant servers increases the tips that customers leave. At two informal restaurants, waitresses had assigned to them customers who were …

Being Loved

Normally, when John mentioned himself in what we call his gospel, he called himself “the beloved disciple,” or in some translations, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Scriptures don’t clearly offer a doctrine on the issue, but I am convinced there is a direct cause/effect relationship between the fact that he knew he was much loved …