built on a rock

  “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 ESV As Christians we set some high standards for ourselves. We want to do good and to show love to others. This isn't some idea that we've thought up ourselves. It's what God wants us to do. “Beloved, if God so...
  Jesus called Levi, a tax collector, to “come follow me.” Levi left his business and called his friends to join him and Jesus for a meal. The church leaders grumbled to Jesus’ other disciples, asking them why Jesus chose to eat with sinners. Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of...
  “You yourselves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 ESV  Ole asked Lars to help him do some shingling. Working together on the garage roof, Ole noticed that Lars...
  “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24-25b My sister, Mary, and I weren't very old when we decided to make banana cream pie. We followed the recipe carefully, but didn't realize how important it was to “stir constantly.”...
  I am frequently stunned by color.  The time of the year or the place in our country does not seem to matter.  The colors of nature surprise me. The neighbor down the street has maples in the yard.  Deep red leaves will draw attention this fall. A few blocks away yellow leaves will pile inches...
  There is an amazingly honest admission in John 6:66. It’s not complimentary of the Bible nor complimentary of Jesus’ ministry, but it is, however, the truth. It reads, “Because of this (Jesus’ teachings) many of [Jesus’] disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.” Even though these...
  “Let love be genuine — hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 It was market day in Patzun, Guatemala. As we shopped, a friend explained that when the older vendors chose a place to display their merchandise, they liked to set up their wares next to an exposed length of metal pipe. Before they...
  Last Saturday night I was among the spectators of the Enduro Race at the Rock County Speedway. This was not my first experience at the racetrack. Our family has been filling the stands for many years, cheering on fathers, brothers, sons, cousins and friends. For those of you who are not familiar...
  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 ESV) Ole and Lars went hunting and were dragging the deer they got back to their pickup. Another hunter approached pulling his deer too. “Hey, I don’t want to tell you guys how to do things, but it’s much...
  "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV  This morning I woke to the rat-a-tat of a woodpecker forcefully pecking out a tune on the metal chimney cap on top of the roof of our house....

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