Building Heavenly Treasure Part 2

1 Timothy 6.19 promises, in this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for imagesthe coming age. God encourages us to create and store treasure for ourselves in heaven. Think of it as the ultimate retirement savings account.

To earn heavenly treasure we have to think in the economics of heaven. We also have to choose which priority we will live for: short term this life existence or long term eternal life existence.

God warns us we cannot love money and God: we will focus on accumulating either the treasure of this world or the treasure of the world to come. In the passage today God lists additional means for us to accumulate heavenly treasure besides working at reconciling people to Jesus as Savior of the world. (more…)


Being Truly Rich

Luke 16.11 observes if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?images

What are the true riches of heaven? Knowing God deeply and enjoying Him forever is certainly first. God is about relationship not about stuff making the true riches deep joyful relationships.

After we have accumulated a bunch of stuff and put money into our bank accounts we too realize that life is not about what we possess but about the people we love and who love us. (more…)


Giving rather than Getting

Luke 12:15 warns, “Beware! Don’t always be wishing for what you don’t have. For real life and real living are not related to how imagerich we are.”

Its black Friday, the day we justify spending hundreds of dollars in order to save hundreds of dollars to give people gifts they want but don’t need. I know, Christmas is about giving. That’s the point though, focusing on giving rather than upon getting. Easy for a few, difficult for most of us.

This annual event called Christmas is the celebration of God coming to earth to live among us as one of us in order to die for us so that He could spend eternity with us. (more…)


Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Luke 9:23 God in Jesus told us, “Anyone who wants to follow Me must put aside his own desires and conveniences and carryimages his cross with him every day and keep close to Me!”

What does God want from us? He has told us plainly when He made His personal appearance to us and had recorded for us so that all generations could know the will of God for humanity.

How seriously do we take God’s command that we put aside our own desires and conveniences and carry our cross with Him every day? What does this mean anyway? No fun and no pleasure? (more…)


The Truth about God

Matthew 24:10 promises many of you shall fall back into sin and betray and hate each other. Sometimes its really hard to see Jesus in the lives of Christians. I…


Is God filling you?

Psalm 81.10 laments that if we would open our mouths God would fill them. The Lord longs to bless His people with Himself. We however long for lesser things. Had…


Working for Treasure

Matthew 6.20 commands that we accumulate for ourselves treasure in heaven. God does not have a problem with people pursuing wealth; He has a problem with people pursuing the wrong…


The need for generosity

Deuteronomy 15.9 warns against a wrong attitude toward your poor brother. Admittedly I struggle with a bad attitude toward those who stand on corners asking for money.It seems like a…


Remember to obey God

Numbers 15.39 warns that we are not to follow after our own heart and eyes that lead us to unfaithfulness. The Lord told Israel to remember His commands and to…


Finding Meaning to Life

Ecclesiastes 6.9 observes this continual longing we have is futile. From the man who could buy anything, he warns having everything is never enough. No matter how much we have…