Start Earning More – Good News for June 18

18 06 2010

Matthew 6:10-23

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

The Daily Path: Are your savings insured by the FDIC? Would you consider investing your hard earned dollars in a bank that wasn’t? Recent events have demonstrated that in some cases your fellow man cannot be trusted with your hard earned money. Even the most established and trusted financial organizations are susceptible to the worms of human greed. Human “guarantees” don’t hold the same measure of comfort they once did.

Now comes a new investment opportunity. A true world bank that has only one interest. You.

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I’ve never thought of God as a bank where our earthly investments in love, forgiveness, and honoring the Father are stored in a safe deposit box. LOL – I’d like to see the boys at Goldman-Sachs try to get their hands on those funds.

Here is the passage from today’s Gospel that I love. Jesus really hits the mark with this one: For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Let’s try to remember this today as we go about worrying how the world economy is doing or the state of our personal finances. I want my heart in the right place.

Open Your Heart – Good News for March 21

21 03 2009

Here’s the real secret…

Luke 16:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.

“Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity greedy, dishonest, adulterous or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ 

But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heavenbut beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’

I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Daily Path:  “God be merciful to me a sinner.” I can tell you with absolute certainty that God is merciful. You may ask “How are you qualified to make such a statement?” Let me tell you…

Despite all my countless shortcomings, all the times I let Him down every day, God somehow finds it in his heart to continue to shower me with abundant blessings. He would have been justified in leaving me on the Failed Project heap many years ago. He could have allowed me to follow a path that led to only one place. I assure you it wasn’t Heaven. But He didn’t. God is merciful, loving and generous beyond belief. He’s given me a beautiful family, true friends, and just enough wisdom to be able to recognize His works. Here’s the secret…

All you have to do is open your heart to God

There you have it. It’s that simple. Open up your heart to Christ. He knows what’s in there anyway. Let March 21 be the day that you push open that heavy iron door you call a heart. Just a tiny crack. Ask God to come in and show you what he’s got. I’m not promising it will happen in an instant, or overnight. But I can say without reservation that when I finally opened my heart to God things began to happen. Miraculous things that would not have happened otherwise.

Room to Chat: Lord, thank you for reaching out to bring me back into your presence. And thank you for Brooke (she’s beautiful) and my amazing family. I didn’t deserve any of this.

Hungry Man – Good News for February 11

11 02 2009

Mark 7:14-23

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

The Daily Chat: I find myself growing increasingly hungry for a deeper understanding of the spiritual journey. The more I talk with God the hungrier I get. What once seemed so simple is gradually becoming more complex to me. Perhaps this is the weakness in me trying to once again take control of the situation. Maybe it’s normal for someone who has experienced a deep conversion. I don’t know.

One thing I clearly understand: how Jesus’ disciples felt. “Give us a break. We’re trying to understand as best we can.”

Room to Chat: Another hunger exists within me. The desire for more time to reflect. We move at hyper-speed in this country. I feel like a traveler on a Japanese bullet train trying to enjoy a glimpse of beauty just beyond my window. However, the train is traveling so fast it’s difficult to catch any detail of the surroundings. As long periods for contemplation are near impossible to find, the need for the mini-retreat becomes increasingly important to me. Moments of sanctuary to focus on God.