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Smile – What Brings a Smile to Your Face?

Exodus 34:29
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.

What brings a smile to your face? Of course the first answer I would give these days is spending time with my grandchildren (and children). We now have five grandchildren. Another answer might be a long winning streak by the Baltimore Orioles or Washington Nationals (even a win would be great at times). The opening day win in the 11th inning by the Birds Monday brought a smile to my face. Still another might be time spent with my wife. I could get very pastoral here and say a smile comes across my face when a person receives Jesus Christ – when the light comes on for them in their personal relationship with Jesus. Other things bring a smile to my face as well (like when my friend makes a good shot in golf and gets excited about it). When we see someone with a smile on their face we usually think something just happened and we tend to be curious.

How about when people notice you have lost weight? Better yet – when they say something encouraging to you (if losing weight was what you were after). I remember when one of my daughters greeted me with a hug and she said – getting skinny dad – as she wrapped her arms around me? What about someone saying something about your new hairdo or your new dress (or suit)? How about the smell of your favorite food – or freshly baked bread – or bacon frying (that one always brings a smile to my face)? Continue reading

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Gods of Gold

Exodus 32:31

So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold.”

profileJesus said the greatest commandment was – Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  But do we?  I mean – do we love God with everything we have and everything we are?  If we were honest – as much as we might like to love God with our all – we tend to love other things more than God at times.

Whenever we sin we have – for at least that moment – loved something more than we love God.  What is it that we love?  We love self-pleasure.  We look out for number one far too often.  We love ourselves far more than we should for sure. Continue reading

October 21, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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