Render

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“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” ~ Mark 12:17

 

Some of the wisest words ever spoken, well, considering the source, of course they are! Obviously, the Pharisees and Herodians had no idea who they were dealing with, thinking they could out wit Jesus, but those words have been echoing down the halls of the ages ever since. Like it or not, everyone has to pay taxes, they are a part of life, do it, and move on. What Jesus said that is really important is “render to God the things that are God’s.” So, what does that entail? Pretty much everything. He has loaned you all your “stuff” to use for the furtherance of His kingdom, but it’s you not your “stuff” He really wants rendered, your heart, your soul, and your body. He wants you to be His child, to trust Him, to live in His mansion forever. If you go to a church that is more concerned with what you put in the offering plate than Who you have in your heart, time to find a new church! Jesus already put all He could in the offering plate so you wouldn’t have to! As you render your taxes this year, do a little self-examining and see how much you are truly rendering to God.

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The Greatest

“I am the greatest,” Ali told everyone and anyone who would listen, though Frazier, Norton, Spinks, and Holmes seemed to disagree.What is it with man’s fascination with being the greatest? In every venue, sports, science, literature, etc, people want to know who is the greatest. How do you define the greatest anyway? Besides, you’re only the greatest until someone greater comes along. But there is someone who is “the greatest” because there will never be one greater. Jesus, the Son of God, co-creator of all things, emptied Himself to become a man and to serve and sacrifice for us all. When His Apostles were arguing about which one would be the greatest in heaven, Jesus showed them how to be great. He took a bowl and a towel and washed their feet, one of the lowliest things to do in their culture. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords washing their feet! You want to be great in heaven? Quietly and humbly serve others here on earth. Think of others more highly than yourself, teach children about the Lord and be an example for them to follow. Then with a child like faith, follow the footsteps Jesus left behind.


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Let’s Get Holy

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Man makes things complicated, God makes things simple. God says do something this way and man says, yeah, but let’s add a bunch of stuff to that to make it confusing and hard to do. When the Pharisees and some scribes tried to intimidate Jesus because His disciples were not strictly following the traditions of the elders, He quickly put them in their place, showing how they were more concerned with man made rules instead of God’s. What about you? Are you more concerned with what your parents, priest, pastor, great aunt once told you than you are with what the Word of God says? Don’t get sidetracked into following man or holier than thou types that tell you they have all the answers. Some people love to hear themselves talk and many words do not necessarily make for much knowledge or wisdom. You want to be holy? Study and know God’s Word for yourself. Know what you believe and why and how to back it up with Scripture. Seek His guidance daily, obey His Word, and continually pray, “Create a clean heart in me oh Lord!”

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Sunshine or Shadows

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“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away,” James tells us in his letter. “And what is the measure of my days.That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days a handbreath,” writes David in Psalm 39. They are emphasizing something we already know all too well … life is short. So, what do we do? Pillage & plunder, consume & collect, achieve & amass, scrimp & save, or graciously give? Do we live to self or live to serve? Do we leave behind sunshine or shadows? What will be our legacy? Will we have made a difference for the better in the world around us? These are questions each individual must answer for themselves. Personally, I like what Joshua chose. As the Hebrews were finally getting ready to settle in the Promise Land, he stood up to the congregation and said, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve .. BUT, for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Wise man that Joshua.

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Something’s Coming

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Ray Bradbury’s “Something Evil This Way Comes” is a chilling tale of a traveling carnival’s visit to a small mid west town. Good book, turned into a movie, to give you nightmares. People love to be frightened, but the problem is they don’t realize something evil is always coming this way, waiting, watching, ready to tempt, deceive, destroy. While we don’t like to talk about it, there is spiritual warfare going on around us all the time. But … we have a rescuer, a deliverer, a conqueror! Jesus is Lord, He is our Savior, and at His word the demons flee. Just as the demons fled from the wildly possessed man from the tombs in the Gadarenes 2000 years ago, they flee from Jesus today. They know His power, they know His truth, and they tremble. As a believer, one of the most comforting verses to me is 1 John 4:4. “Greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world.” If Jesus isn’t your Lord and Savior, don’t wait another day! You really don’t want to face what is coming without Him!
 
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Beautiful Feet

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There is good news to tell, and as believers, we have it! Yet many seem to keep it a secret. There is a hurting world that needs to hear our good news. What did the Apostles do with the good news? They went out and told everyone they could and turned the world upside down. Now, we’re not talking about being an evangelist, orating on a soap box, or knocking on 100 doors a day. When the occasion arises, you only need to boldly tell of your love of the Lord and His love for you. You only need to share your personal story, which may be exactly what that person needs to hear. Unless you’re on a hostile mission field, there is little to fear because most people don’t get violent when you gently tell them a love story. As Paul said in Romans, “How can anyone believe in Him who they haven’t heard about and how will they hear about Him unless somebody tells them?” (loose translation) Isiah wrote, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the gospel of peace. Who bring glad tidings of good things.” So, the big question; Are you going to have beautiful feet or what?

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Seeking Counsel

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Where do you seek counsel, look for wisdom? I never understood why people would go on a so called spiritual trek to find a half naked guy sitting on a hill in the lotus position to ask for his wisdom. Nothing in that scenario is wicked smaart. When Solomon died and his son Rehoboam became king, he sought counsel on an important matter. He first went to the elders that had counseled his father but he rejected their advice. He then went to the young men he grew up with, heeded their advice, and the nation eventually became split in two because of it. Wise elders or your homies? It takes us all time to admit wisdom comes with age and the wisdom of Godly older people is to be cherished. Need help with a tough decision? Ask a Godly older man or woman but don’t stop there. Check that their advice matches up with God’s word. Simple gauge for wise counsel. If it draws you closer to God – very good. If it draws you away from God – very bad. Here’s a free bit of wise counsel. Spend time alone in His Word, trust in Him and not your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways, and allow Him to direct your path. That from the wisest writer in the Bible!

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Faith Like a Centurion

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Everybody has faith. People have faith in their boats not to sink in the sea, faith in their parachutes to open, faith in ropes not to break while danging off of a cliff, faith in the chair they sit in to hold them up. But how many people have faith like a Centurion? A lethal commander of 100 hard nosed Roman soldiers had enough faith to ask Jesus to come and heal his sick servant and while being humble enough to know he was unworthy to have Jesus come to his home, he still had the overwhelming faith in Jesus that he knew Jesus only had to speak the word from afar and his servant would be healed! We come to God by faith, knowing that without faith it is impossible to please Him. Do you please Him or do you just mouth the words not really expecting anything to happen? We are to be a people of faith, trusting in Him, in His Son, His Word. It’s time for us all to have faith like a Centurion!

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Looking For More

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There is a political uproar in this country over the major discrepancy between the rich and the poor. Like this is something new? Throughout history, man’s greed has fueled way too many fires. Look at 1 King’s and how Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard. Ahab already had vineyards and he had more of everything he could ever need but he coveted Naboth’s vineyard and wanted to possess it. When Naboth wouldn’t sell it to Ahab, he threw a hissy fit until Jezebel got it for him at the expense of Naboth’s life. There is nothing wrong with being wealthy until your main goal becomes being the wealthiest. Oliver Twist wanting more was a legitimate request. Someone like Warren Buffet wanting more is greed. So the question again rises. Are you working to build treasures in heaven or on earth? Wise is the person that is doing both.
 
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Help to Soar

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Jesus taught us to love one another. So, what does that entail? Being patient, being kind, not being jealous of someone because they are talented and/or beautiful/handsome. Not being egotistical and thinking of yourself first, being courteous, self sacrificing, not easily irked by others, and only wanting the best for others. If we truly want to be examples of Christ’s love, we need to exhibit all those traits, which will in effect, make us encouragers. You don’t need the gift of encouragement to be an encourager, you only need love. Encourage others in truth, help them to be their best, to learn to soar, and if need be, soar with them. When someone does a good job, tell them. When someone messes up, tell them they’ll do better next time. Let’s be a body of Christians that are known for our love and honest encouragement for one another.

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