Heavenly Treasures

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 As we continue to explore Jesus’ perspective on treasures, I want to pose a question. What kind of heavenly treasures should we store or build up? We could easily compile an extensive list, but I will share just a few. What about manners? Good manners are a heavenly treasure! I remember at 15 years old, I had this radical change in my life when I became a believer. On one occasion, I was rude to my older sister because she took too long in the bathroom getting ready for school. I acknowledged my wrongdoing and told her, “The Bible says love is not rude. I’m sorry.” Then I hugged her. We can always err on the side of good manners! We add to the list of Godly treasures: confidence, the ability to lead, make crucial decisions,

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The Mystery of Time

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 There’s something mysterious about the passage of time. As eternal beings in a linear world, it seems we live with a constant awareness that moments are moving by us, and we feel a need to understand where they are leading. Let’s face it — we all want to know the future, because we hope it will help us make sense of the uncertainties we face every day. Even as Christians, though the Bible tells us how it all pans out, we want to know more. This is probably why, for thousands of years, there have been prophecies, theories, and speculations about the end of the world. In fact, long before the year AD 1000, someone had written

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Nobility Is in the Blood of Jesus

“God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 6:15,16 Lately, there’s been a lot of news about the royal family, and though Britain’s monarchy seems archaic to some, the mystique that surrounds it is endearing to millions. Something about the idea of being born a prince or princess — living in luxury, high above the rest — is alluring. Yet interestingly, when we look at history, we can trace the origins of most of the royals in Northern Europe back to barbaric civilizations like the Franks. Though there’s been a lot of “cleaning up” of the lineage through the years, the truth remains that the tribe that gave rise to many of the so-called “blue

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Touching the Untouchable

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.” – Matthew 8:2,3 Yesterday, we looked at the story of four lepers who gathered treasure left by their enemies and turned it over to their king on behalf of their city, which was in distress. Though they had been outcast and marginalized for years and were tempted to “take what was theirs,” they did the right thing by God and their fellow man by sharing it. While it’s difficult for us to comprehend how rough their lives had been to that point, the current pandemic offers us a more realistic glimpse into their pain. For the first time, many of us understand the isolation of quarantine

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About treasure…

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” -Ecclesiastes 5:10 We put a lot of trust in things like money, gold, wealth, stocks, bonds, property, and inheritance. Napoleon III decorated his table in the nineteenth century with the finest accoutrements for his special guests. They all ate with gold flatware. Napoleon himself ate with an even finer set of flatware made of platinum. But the finest guests, only the most special, very, very honored guests got the most valuable flatware made of aluminum. That’s a true story. The finest piece of cutlery that Napoleon had was made of aluminum, now considered the most common metal on the planet. However, before the process of electrolysis was perfected, it was nearly impossible to pull aluminum from ore; you could mine hardly anything but flakes. So, over time, Napoleon gathered enough of

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