Weekly Devotional – Things Money Can’t Buy

freeimage-497067“Money answers everything”, said Solomon, (Ecclesiastes 10:19b).  David George Moore, author of The Battle for Hell, explains in his commentary on Ecclesiastes, “Although verse 19 is somewhat enigmatic, it does seem to point to the fact that the fool believes that earthly things are the way to achieve the good life.”

Allow me to point out at least three things money can’t buy.

Money can’t buy happiness.  Someone quipped, “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.”  In a similar way Dr. Lawrence O. Richards, writes, “On wealth ([Ecclesiastes] 10:19).  No, money won’t buy happiness, but it will buy most other things.  You’re much better off with it.  After all, you may as well enjoy your misery!”

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Weekly Devotional

Healthy food 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

–JOHN 4:13-14

The idea of eating and drinking is fascinating, isn’t it? It’s definitely one of the many pleasures God affords us, but it’s also a universal aspect of life that bridges people of vastly different cultures and language. I count myself a  fortunate person having moved to Austin a little over a year ago, where the foodie culture here enjoys nationwide renown for its culinary novelties and international tastes. This is how I know God loves Texas. It’s true.

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Weekly Devotional

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  – 1 John 4: 7-11

At the start of the year it is common to focus on new beginnings.  Many people set new goals for themselves and resolve to see those goals realized. Even many Christians set out to read the Word of God afresh, and begin reading from the start of the Bible. By doing so, they are reacquainted with the timeless words “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1)

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We Ought to Think Highly of Christ

Early Church Fathersfrom “The Second Epistle of Clement” in Ante-Nicene Fathers: The Writings of the Fathers Down To A.D. 325

Brethren, it is fitting that you should think of Jesus Christ as of God,—as the Judge of the living and the dead. And it does not become us to think lightly of our salvation; for if we think little of Him, we shall also hope but to obtain little [from Him]. And those of us who hear carelessly of these things, as if they were of small importance, commit sin, not knowing whence we have been called, and by whom, and to what place, and how much Jesus Christ submitted to suffer for our sakes.

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