“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan
“Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it.” – Unknown
Every time I come through this section of Deuteronomy in my Bible Reading I am deeply convicted. The reminder that I am to pass on what I have been given is immense an unmistakable.
“Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
“The opposite of Christianity is not atheism, but idolatry.” – Peter Kreeft
Reality television has become a cultural phenomenon. I don’t quite understand why, but people go crazy over the next new reality show. There are dozens of these shows today, but I don’t believe any of them will garner the popularity of American Idol when it first came out in 2002. I have never seen the show over the nineteen seasons it has run, but I know many people have. I bring this up not for the premise of the show or whether you should or should not watch it, but because of the name. The name was derived from the idea that stars become idols of America. It is a fascinating reality, but it is very true. Movie stars, singers, sports figures, and even politicians can become idolized and put in a place of prestige and prominence.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
“Sometimes in life, your situation will keep repeating itself until you learn your lesson.” – Brigitte Nicole
Painful experiences can be great teachers. As a kid, I rarely wore shoes. It didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing, if I could get away without wearing shoes I would. I don’t know why I was so obsessed with being barefoot, but I was. Unfortunately, our house did not have a sticker free yard, and I was prone to getting stickers and thorns in my feet all the time. You think I would learn, but I was too thick-skulled to grow in knowledge about putting on footwear. After getting a sticker, I would...
Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible, and final book penned by Moses. Its name literally means “Second Law”, not that any new laws are given, but that the old law is revisited and explained. For those of us reading through our Bibles, we may find it redundant and odd that the Law is given so clearly in Exodus and Leviticus only to be explained again in Deuteronomy.
“And one day I ran to the City of Refuge. Though guilty I was, I found shelter in the blood He shed for me. I was condemned but God showed mercy, and on Calvary God built a City of Refuge for me.” – Song, “City of Refuge”
The Old Testament is filled with imagery of the Lord Jesus Christ. Foreshadows of His coming and His work that would be accomplished on the Cross of Calvary are found all over the thirty nine books of the Old Testament. One of the less known pictures of God’s grace and Christ forgiveness is that of the cities of refuge described in Numbers thirty five.
"Remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
“The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend.” – A.W. Tozer
I am probably the most forgetful person that has ever lived. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is a fairly accurate description of me. My wife can tell me something, and it is almost as if she never told me, because I forget. About a year ago I installed a shelf in my bedroom beside the light switch so I would have a place to put my keys and wallet. Every day I would go through the same routine, “were are my keys and wallet”? My wife would help me look, and after about ten minutes we would find them in some obscure place. If I put my keys on the shelf I will not lose the, and if I put my wallet on the shelf I will not lose it. It sounds simple, but I often forget to put them there, and we rush down the same scenario again. My younger sister always said I acted like an eighty year old man, and I believe I have the perfected the art of forgetting like one (no offense if you are eighty and still sharp as a tack).
“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” – Winston Churchill
“This will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome except victory.” – George W. Bush
There is something serene and beautiful about turning dirt and planting something. Much of the Bible was written by and to an agrarian society, and there is so much benefit in understanding the intricacies of farming. In our back yard, we have the privilege of planting almost a quarter acre personal garden. In this plot of land, we have planted corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, squash, melons, peas, beans, and so much more.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
“With God life is an endless hope. Without God, life is a hopeless end.” – Bill Bright
There is nothing quite like seeing a burden lifted. I am no animal lover, but my heart does ache when I see dogs and cats malnourished and mistreated. Often the disposition of these animals is fear and aggression because they have only known hurt and pain. To see an animal rescued from a deplorable situation and placed into a good home is a heartwarming thing. Where once they looked on everyone with suspicion and fear, they now welcome everyone with warmth and love only a rescue could display.
“We cannot rely on God’s promises without obeying His commandments.” – John Calvin
“God’s promises are to be our pleas in prayer.” – Matthew Henry
God is sufficient to provide for what He has promised. There have been dozens of promises that God has made, and every promise made has been fulfilled by God. He never fails and He never has to say, “I couldn’t”. We as Christians have been given exceeding great promises from God, and we should rest in the reality that He will accomplish ALL that He said He would do.
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” – Erich Fromm
“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Greed can turn your heart from truth faster than just about anything. We have a clear truth presented in the New Testament that “…where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:21. If you want to know what you value the most in life, see