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I have exciting news!  I’m going to start posting a weekly blog post beginning today!  I’ll be covering more Scripture verses and give you an opportunity to study it for yourself for a week.  Obviously, John 20:6 is the Scripture about the resurrection of Christ – HE AROSE!!!  Without the resurrection of Christ, Christmas would be meaningless.

Today we have joy, peace, and HOPE that was not possible before God raised Christ from the dead!  Aren’t we thankful for what Jesus did for us on Calvary and beyond?  When the stone was rolled away and God raised Christ from the dead…  salvation’s wondrous plan was done.  All that’s left is for us to believe and with faith, trust that God through Christ has us in His very capable hands – and with His Holy Spirit, will help us navigate our way through.

I’ve heard so many sermons about this passage of Scripture.  We know that Peter was a bold sort – a fisherman by trade – we might call him rugged, unpolished, a diamond in the rough.  He’s the sort who speaks before thinking and ends up having to apologize later.  That may sound familiar to some.  LOL!

For this week, I want us to think about 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

I was taught that a verse that begins with THEREFORE needs to be investigated further.  We need to know what came before this verse, so we know what it is THERE FOR… so – verse 15 says:

As God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.  – 2 Corinthians 4:15

It’s not that I’m against doing all I can to preserve myself outwardly – believe me.  I don’t welcome these crows feet around my eyes at all – but I try to call them smile lines to keep it positive.  The question really is, does your outward maintenance mean more than your inward maintenance?  So much mental struggle could be helped if we’d just put as much importance on studying God’s Word as we do on spa days for the outward body.  Let’s face it, when we get to Heaven, God’s not going to ask me how many spa days I took (which I could count on one hand) – but He will ask how many times I shared the gospel of Christ with others.

True Christianity is about living a balanced life.  God gave us one body and one soul, along with a great owner’s manual, if we’ll take the time to read it.  The Bible teaches us so much about ourselves and how to care for body, soul and mind.

I had a friend who always tried to put things together without reading instructions.  It made me crazy!  He’d end up with extra pieces – or needing pieces, then scratched his head because he couldn’t figure out how that happened.  Really?

Have a wonderful week and leave this blog some love if you like it.  Thanks!  🙂

 

 

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (21)

… where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21

Your treasure – what you value most…  and your heart, are inseparable.  If your most precious treasures are the ones you can touch, those are also the ones that will one day rust or could be stolen.  The things of this world will not last.  Even money wears thin eventually – literally.my-treasure-boxWhat kind of heart do I want in 2017?  I want a heart that holds eternal treasures!  The hope of eternal life with Christ one day in Heaven.  The peace that only my Savior gives when things in my world seem chaotic.  A joy unspeakable at all times, under all circumstances.  I want to know that my actions and attitudes are pleasing to God, regardless of what others may say or do.the-treasures-i-lay-upThis year I want to be more of an investor and less of a collector.  I want to hug fewer things to me and hug more people.  I want to invest time and effort into mentoring and teaching when God opens the door of opportunity for me.  I hope to keep writing this blog.  I’ve gotten good feedback and interesting conversations started with it, and it’s my hope and prayer that it has uplifted and encouraged you.

The other day I was browsing in an antique store.  If you ever need to be persuaded that things turn to rust and dust – just visit an antique store.  I saw some old sheet music that I was afraid to handle because the paper was so delicate and frail.  The collections of antiques we acquire in this life…  they’re getting older every day.  Even with the best of care, it’s inevitable that they will turn to rust or dust – or both.

Maybe it’s not antiques you want to collect, but brand new shiny things.  Well, along with those brand new shiny things comes a different set of burdens – taxes, insurance, maintenance…  shall I go on???

Riches in Christ…  a heart rich with His grace, peace, love, mercy, and the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit…  those are the treasures I will seek this year.  That’s what I want most of all in my heart.  Don’t you?  🙂