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Make It Right

Philemon 1:18-19 (KJV) If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

The tiny book of Philemon recounts the story of a runaway servant named Onesimus, who stole money from his master to follow his mentor, the apostle Paul. Onesimus stayed with Paul and Timothy, serving them and learning of Christ. But something just wasn't right.

Let's say it right here...Onesimus made a big mistake. He sinned against his boss and God. By the way, Philemon was a Christian as well, and a follower of Paul. That's why Paul wrote a heartfelt letter, encouraging Philemon to forgive his errant slave.

The most important thing to do when you make a mistake, is to make it right. Don't blame someone else, don't explain away the circumstances...just own up to what you did, settle the damages and move forward. You will feel bette…

What Color Will You Paint Your Mansion?

Church folks don't have the same conversations as others. During worship service on Sunday, Pastor Charles mentioned that when he receives his stallion to ride in Heaven (Rev 19:14), he wants to name the steed, "Turbo." The rest of the congregation chimed in with their own choices. The Hubster's horse will be named Ringo, after the Beatles drummer. He was joking, of course. 

I quizzed my young Sunday School students one day on what features their mansions in Heaven would have (John 14:2). They drew elaborate pictures of homes with large swimming pools, fancy cars and even restaurants. This subject is one that most Christ Followers daydream about when they have a spare moment.

Another silly question is what city or country do you want to govern (Rev 20:6)? While there are a few who have leadership experience, how would most of us handle sovereignty in the thousand-year reign?

While these questions are ridiculous to think about, most Christians do enjoy discussing th…

Clean Hands

Psalm 24:3-4 (KJV) Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

My favorite TV jurist, Judge Judy, always warns her litigants to come to her court with "clean hands." By this, she's not talking about their hygiene, rather their case may be tainted by their own illegal actions.

Judge Judy's courtroom is not the only place where dirt is not allowed. Nothing unholy or unclean may enter Heaven. It is a perfect place, reserved for those who have had their sins covered by the blood that Jesus spilled on Calvary's cross.

Once a year, in Old Testament times, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies only when he had cleansed himself from all his sins. After that, he approached the altar and offered sacrifices for the sins of the people. However, if the cleric harbored any sin in his heart, he would be struck dead immediate…

Limitless Love

The Hubster loves to spoil me, and he knows how much I adore chocolate. Every now and then, he brings me a box of fancy chocolates, and on Valentines Day, he brings me a really big box of fancy chocolates.

Valentines Day is a sweet holiday, and not just because of all that chocolate. I am surrounded by the love of family and friends. As much as I love the people in my life, however, I could never comprehend the limitless love that God has for me.

There are many facets to God's amazing love toward us. I want to highlight just a few.

Agape: Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

GenerousJohn 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Eternal:Jeremiah 31:3The LORD hath appeared…

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