Author: David

The Motivations of the Heart Matters To God

Last Friday I was sitting a local restaurant reading my Proverbs chapter for the day and I came across this verse: Proverbs 21:2 NIV A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. As I sat there drinking my coffee, my mind immediatly was captured by the theme throughout the Bible of God weighing us not just on our actions, but on our motivations that lead to those actions. In the scriptures this idea of motivations is captured by the Hebrew word lêb (‘labe’) or the Greek word καρδία (‘kardia’). Both words carry the idea of the heart as the center of the human soul or mind; Where your motivations are generated from. Let’s Journey through the Bible and see this theme in action: Our first stop is in the Book of Job. Job is believed to be centered around or just before the book of Exodus and when Israel was in Egypt. In Job 31, we see this theme appear as summary of what Job has learned through the challenges he faced. Job 31:6 NIV let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless Below is an image of a carving from Ancient Egypt that depicts the very idea Job talks about in this verse. Next our journey jumps ahead about 1000 years to the wisdom...

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Lyric Lounge: We just need our Spirits Lifted…

“I’m just so tired.” I’ve heard that from so many people. It’s not the kind of tired you feel after a long day of work. This is an oppressive tiredness that won’t seem to go away. Are you feeling this way? I know I am. Last night, I came across this article on the Charisma Magazine web site and the author, Cindy Jacobs, put it this way: I awakened the other morning with a Spanish word that I wasn’t quite sure what it meant, “basta.” It means enough, fed up, I’ve had all I’m going to take. I felt...

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Approaching Tough Situations

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;     so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. – Proverbs 17:14 This month I am exploring the book of Proverbs with my small group Bible study. Today as I read the 17th chapter this verse stood out to me. The image of a dam breach is an effective depiction of a quick and harsh reaction to a tense situation. King Solomon extols the value of patience here. Being patient in a situation like this allows you to remain in control of a situation instead of the situation controlling you. Which...

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Living Love and Humility

I’ll be honest with you, one of the biggest challenges we face in following Jesus has to be being a living example of love and humility. How can we even get somewhat close to following Jesus in these areas? Love – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love...

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