Guard Your Mind (Proverbs 4:13-23)

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23, NIV). There's no doubt that our emotional well-being is extremely important. But that's not what this verse is talking about. We often remember verse 23 more because it has a nice ring to it, using metaphors and emotions. That's not a bad thing. It helps us to remember it so that we might apply it to our lives. But in order to truly apply verse 23, we have to see it in light of verse 13 and all…continue reading →

The Riches of Contentment (1 Timothy 6:3-11)

The New Year is a time we turn over a new leaf. We make resolutions. We try harder. (watch the video above) This New Year, resolve to stop trying so hard. Learn to rest in God. Learn to be content. The answer to your problems is not that you try harder. It's that you rest in the grace of God. "If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest…continue reading →

Is Anything Worse than Being a Fool? (Proverbs 26:3-12)

There used to be a show in which people would eat all kinds of disgusting things. But this has got to be the worst. "As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly." (Proverbs 26:11) I'm sure the dog has a very good reason for returning to his vomit. But we don't know what it is. From our perspective, that is one of the most disgusting things that a creature could do. But we've all fallen into the same folly. When you do what you've always done, you're going…continue reading →

The Zeal of the Lord Almighty (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Think about when you first came to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Think about all the little things that lined up so that you learned about Christ. That's the zeal of the Lord Almighty. He pursued you until you put your trust in him. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there…continue reading →