Monday, September 25, 2006

hidden | Treasure

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."

--Jesus, Parable from Matthew 13:44

National Treasure. Pirates of the Caribbean. Raiders of the Lost Ark. We love the thought of finding hidden treasure, it seems.

Whether it's becoming a workaholic or buying Lotto tickets, we seem to be preoccupied with accumulating wealth. I guess it's the idea that we will be happy one day when we get enough. Really?

Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on earth. No surprise here. Then, Jesus tells us to store up treasure in heaven. No surprise here either. Or is it?

I didn't expect Jesus to say anything about storing up treasure. What's that about. I mean, aren't we supposed to give everything away and live in poverty like Mother Theresa did?

Well, it's God's way of saying that he wants us to be rich. And those trusting in Christ for eternity will be rich...if they are sending it ahead.

Randy Alcorn has coined the Treasure Principle which says, "You can't take it with you, but you can send it ahead." (Treasure Principle)

Jesus wants us to store up treasure--he just wants us to be smart about it. He wants us to store up treasure...that will last.

Treasure in heaven will last. Treasure on earth...well it will rust, rot, decay, break, get used up, get stolen, or just be given away when we die. "There are no U-hauls behind limos." King Tut thought he could take it with him. But it's still here. Tons of gold. Wonder where he is...

Don't buy the lie. Pursuing the best this world has to offer is chasing after the wind. It's futile. Are you investing in your eternity. The benefits are out of this world.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Purity | Quotes

"Sexual purity is always smart. Sexual impurity is always stupid." -Randy Alcorn

"Purity paves the way to intimacy." -Andy Stanley

"Drink water from your own well--share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Don't share it with strangers." Proverbs 5:15-17, NLT

x3watch*accountability software

x3watch*accountability software


It's time we got serious about keeping our selves sexually pure. I'm not just talking about pre-marital or extramarital sex but viewing online porn. If you are ready to get serious about being accountable, here is a great way to deal with it.

This software isn't a filter that prevents you from going anywhere. It is a log that sends info to your accountability partner or parent. It creates an opportunity for real conversation about where you're surfing and why. There is a free version and it's incredibly easy to install. You just have to find somebody who will confront you if they see you've gone to questionable websites. Somebody who will confront you but also pray with you about it. This is the one I use. I hope you'll use it and spread the word about it. It's time to get serious about purity. dg

What Is X3watch?

X3watch is an accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the Internet and access a site which may contain questionable material, the program will save the site name on your computer in a hidden folder. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month. This information is meant to encourage open and honest conversation between friends and help us all be more accountable.

Friday, September 08, 2006

9 | 11 | 06

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On the eve of the 5th anniversary of 9/11, we have two approaches we can take. Ok, three.

1. We can fall into depression and fear cowering in and pitying our circumstances,
2. We can rest confidently in the fact that our God is ready, able and willing to help us with anything, and sharing that message of hope with those around us, or
3. We can ignore it.

God tells us in the Bible that He is with us! That is an encouraging truth to the family of God!

What will you do this week?

"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear..." Psalm 46:1-2a, NLT (emphasis mine)

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