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It Is Only Jesus Living In Me

Mathew 6:1

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Every year – on Memorial Day – and at other times as well – we are reminded of those who sacrificed – who gave it all – for our country and our country’s freedoms. We probably all have a family member or a friend or know of someone who gave the supreme sacrifice. Rows and rows of markers are in an American cemetery in Normandy – France – for instance – where the bodies of American soldiers are buried who gave their all to help free Europe.

The one monument that stands above them all is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. This is a tomb in Arlington Cemetery that stands as a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. Cemeteries – military and otherwise – are filled with service men and women who either died serving their country or could have been killed as they served. My father served in the military and although he didn’t die during his time in service to his country – he served with distinction and honor. Continue reading

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Where Are Your Treasures?

Matthew 6:20

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

RevRayI was cleaning a closet in my office the other day and I came across some real treasures.  I found my yearbook from High School (40 years ago – ugh) – man have some people aged!  I found my old baseball cards (my retirement plan – lol).  There were some other treasures – like an incense holder – some old letters – some little green army men – some pictures and more.  There would have been some vintage comic books had my little brother not sold them at a yard sale when we were younger.  You know – most of these things that have little actual value (except the baseball cards) but they have sentimental value and you just don’t throw them away.

Today’s passage – a Word from Jesus – in the midst of what some call the Sermon on the Mount.  Let’s read it in partial context – Matthew 6:19-21 – 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Continue reading

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