Nov 15

Are Money Problems Destroying Your Life?

NoDebtNoSweat Seminar Information

Click on the above link to see about our NoDebtNoSweat seminar Nov 22, and 23. This free presentation by Steve Diggs will help you to manage your life with joy and love. Details included in the link are times and topics for this upcoming event.



Oct 19

“A Very Good Day”

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” – Matthew 7:11

When I was a kid, I was afraid that I wouldn’t qualify for entrance into heaven. I was fairly certain that there would be something I’d overlooked. I mean, the Bible is such a big book! It was almost as though I had a recurring vision: me, standing just outside the Pearly Gates as St. Peter proclaimed my deficiency for all to hear and sent me away wondering how I had blown it.

Where did I get such a twisted viewpoint? I don’t think it was because my dad was particularly stern. As you know, he’s a very kind man. I remember getting in trouble with him, but not all that often. For the most part, I remember being loved, supported, encouraged and well-cared-for.

Why, then, was I afraid of my Heavenly Father? I believe it was because, for whatever reason, I learned well “the rules”: How you better behave yourself. How God was always watching. How God punished Nadab and Abihu for offering “strange fire”. How God punished the world in the Great Flood. How God caused the earth to open up and swallow Korah, Dathan and Abiram. How God caused the leprosy of Naaman to cling to the servant of Elisha. How God slew Ananias and Sapphira because they lied to the Holy Spirit. I knew these stories well. I believed these stories.

But I was a little out of balance. I hadn’t seen the whole picture. Because I still remember the wave of relief that came over me back in 1983 when I was reading my Bible and came across the passage printed at the top of the page. A passage that speaks of a Heavenly Father who wants to give us good gifts. A passage, the parallel of which in Luke 11, speaks of a Heavenly Father who wants to give us the Holy Spirit. A passage that speaks of a Heavenly Father who listens to our prayers! I still remember the day I found out about that Heavenly Father, the One who gives us what we need as we speak to Him.

It was a very good day.

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