The famous hymn writer Ira Sankey was once visiting someone living in the slums. When he was done and was on his walk home, he got to talk to a little girl who was sitting on the steps of a dilapidated shack. “Are you living here?” Sankey asked her. “I do,” the girl answered with a happy smile, “It’s not very nice here, but my father is building a new house for us over the hills.”| A new house over the hills? A beautiful thought came to Ira as he realized that on this earth we all live in the slums, spiritually speaking, but soon we too will move to our new house, just over the hills. The conversation served as the inspiration for one of Ira’s famous hymns, “I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop.” “I’m satisfied with just a cottage here below, A little silver and a little gold. But in that city where the ransom will shine, I want a gold one that’s silver lined. I’veContinue reading »

I had a dream, a wonderful dream. I must have been in a palace for everything around me shone with glory and splendour. Crystal goblets of wine were filled with the best wines and when the meal was served, I could hardly believe my eyes. All my favorite dishes were present and my mouth started to water. Then there was the command, “Eat and be happy.” So I ate and was happy. When the desserts came in I could hardly take another bite, and then… …I heard the alarm clock. It was six in the morning and I awoke in my little corner in the attic. With a frustrated sigh, I slammed my fist on the alarm clock and crawled out of bed. My stomach was growling and I moved my weary body to the kitchen. No kingly meal awaited me there. No exquisite dishes, no wines, no desserts…Nothing. Thankfully, I still had a package of oatmeal. *** The food in our dreams is just like the real thing. ItContinue reading »

Fame, influence…money; they are often the things that are highly sought after in this world. A good name is important and life in this world can get awfully complicated if we don’t have the money to do what we feel called to do. And yet, these things are not what life is all about. If self, money or power become the driving force in our lives, rather than God, we may end up on spiritual skid row and learn what real poverty is all about. *** There is an anecdote about Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr and his sense of values during the Second World War. The general was sitting with a friend at an airport, waiting for his connecting flight. While they were waiting a weary soldier appeared at the counter, requesting a ticket on wat happened to be the same plane as Roosevelt and his friend. “Sorry Buddy, no place. You’ll have to wait.” “But I am going to see my mother, before I am being shipped overseas.”Continue reading »

7/26/2014 OUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Jesus is telling us that we should not worry about building up treasures here on earth, but that we should concentrate on building up treasures in heaven. You need to provide for the daily needs of your family. But do not exhaust all your strength and spend all your days in providing for the life here, but let your chief goal be to prepare for eternity. Everything that we have is because we have received from our heavenly Father. Jesus does not prohibit material possessions or the enjoyment of material things. But he does forbid a selfish and extravagant materialism that ties us to this earth.Continue reading »

Deuteronomy 28:12 – KJV “The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure . . . and to bless all the work of thine hand: . . .” Assorted tangible treasures are on displays that appeal to our visual senses. Diamonds, pearls, rubies and sapphires invite us to embrace the beauty of their allure. We admire the varied artistic creations that “speak” to us through media and personal observations. Houses, cars, gadgets, fashions — the list goes on of things that satisfy our temporal needs, desires and preferences. Yes, things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal – 2 Corinthians 4:18 – KJV. The best resides in the unseen. God lovingly and generously provides pure, precious and eternal treasures. True fulfillment is to dwell in Him — to feast on the meat of His words — and to drink of His living water. We abide in Jesus and glory in the gift of the Holy Spirit. The value of those placements cannot beContinue reading »