11 January 2022 – Service Before Self

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away …

10 January 2022 – Seeking Righteousness

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all [that you need] will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33   Righteousness means being in right standing with governing authority. It also means fulfilling the function for which something or someone is designed. What does it mean to seek His righteousness? First of all, we must seek it. We …

9 January 2022 – Self Serve

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all [that you need] will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33   We live in an increasing selfish culture. Many come to God with a, “What can You do for me, and what have You done for me lately?” attitude. The kingdom is not all about getting, it’s about …

8 January 2022 – Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1   Serving God is not for the faint of heart. In fact, anything worthwhile will cost you something. Jesus paid it all so that we could know Him …

7 January 2022 – Closer to the Bridegroom

Then John’s disciples came and asked Him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the Bridegroom mourn while He is with them? The time will come when the Bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” – Matthew 9:14-15 Jesus is our Bridegroom, the Groom-To-Be of …

6 January 2022 – The Secret Place

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, …

5 January 2022 – That Which Costs Me Nothing

“I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” – 2 Samuel 24:24   King David had sinned and was told by God through the prophet Gad to erect an altar on the site that would later become the temple mount. The …

4 January 2022 – Can We So Love…?

“God loved the world so much that He gave…” – John 3:16   Isaiah 58 talks about the type of fast that is acceptable to God, and surprisingly, its not about food or lengthy prayer times. It’s about being generous to others and to God with our time, talents, & resources. It’s about moving out of the center of our …

3 January 2022 – Drawing Near: Get Down to Get Up

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” – James 4:8-10   God offers an invitation. He wants to get close to you but waits for …

2 January 2022 – Fast to Slow Down

“Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:26 Jesus was not saying that we are not to consider or  plan and prepare for the future, He said not to worry about it. He is saying that while we should operate in wisdom in preparation for the future, our …