Thursday, 28 November 2013

What's Trending In Heaven?

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believe every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.
    
      It must be true. I read it on the Internet. I was trying to find a news story while watching a news program and all that the anchor person was talking about was pop-culture and what was trending here, there, and everywhere. To my amazement, everything they were gossiping about was taken as pure fact. I tried another news channel and it was the same tabloid reporting of what was trending now.
      I then went and looked for the news I was looking for on the Internet. I found the article and was finally satisfied as I got what I was looking for. I then began to laugh because I had believed what I just read then said to myself, "It must be true I read it on the Internet."
      We are being inundated with information at rates never thought possible. Dan. 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. How do I determine what is valid and worth my time in life?

      There is every kind of communication system available to man, and yet not many are able to truly communicate. I had a student tell me that he had over two hundred friends on Facebook but he had no one to truly talk to. All the noise being generated from all the trending methods are screaming for attention and when attention is given, it gives an insipid, bland, and tasteless social pablum that does not satisfy our personal intelligent - let alone our souls. 
      I am not down on the Internet or all the communication services available, as I am using it right now by writing this blog. I believe there are some great uses at our disposal for the glorification of our Lord and the edifying of our lives. Col. 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
      I personally believe God gave us the intelligence to create all these communication sites and devices to bring us together for better living and for His glory. Has there been some hijackings of these inventions for inappropriate use? Yes, but that does not mean we cave into it. People abuse cars. That does not mean I have to walk, but it means I must drive carefully. 
      We read in the book of Acts of a group of people who were accustomed to hearing all the latest trends and religions ideology from all corners of the known world. Their method of separating all the hear-say and noise of the day was a method we should be using ourselves every day. 
      They studied the Scriptures to see if what was being said in the different medias of the day to be true. Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
      We are going to be offered many different philosophies wrapped in colorful spiritual garb, but we do not have to put it on. We can be discerning as to what we allow in our minds and souls. Yes, it will take some work but it is the privilege of Christians to discover what God has for us. Prov. 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Eccl. 1:13a And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven.
      We can count on the fact that what is trending in heaven is what God said we could depend upon. Jesus is still Lord, and He is still healing and providing for our needs. Christ's blood is still cleansing and saving from eternal death, giving eternal life. The Holy Spirit is still filling us with His fire and power; declaring Jesus the Son of God. God is still pouring His eternal love out on all whom He has created. God is still good and we still need Him for a full and gracious life. Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever
      Lord, in Jesus name, help us to separate the noise of life for the joy of the Lord. Help us to use our time for blessing you and those you put in our paths. Help us to see your plan for our lives and help us live it. Amen.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Reconciled With My Brother

Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. 

      We are often reminded that we live in a throw-away-society and our spouses, family, friends, and acquaintances have become just as dispensable. We have become a people who are easily offended and are willing to discard a relationship because of our own wounding. Gen. 4:23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 
      There is nothing new under the sun here as this is not a modern day phenomena. No, being offended easily has been a source of human tragedy from the beginning. The opportunity to be offended abounds, and in many cases we are the source of our own offence we are experiencing. Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
      Years ago my younger brother had decided to leave his wife and two beautiful children. This brought division in the family as it most often does when young children are involved. He could not understand why no one was (as often said by offended people) on his side. There were attempts to explain that the children would be the first concern during this time of turmoil in his separation with his wife and children. 
      There was no reasoning that could get through to his heart. My brother then cut all contact and communication with the family. Prov.18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Every once and a while my mother would run into him because they lived in the same town, but there was never a desire from him to be with his family. He was right and that was it. 
      More than a year later I was working in the garden and I asked God what I could do to help reconcile our family to my brother and my brother to his family. I lived in another part of the country and was not sure what I could do. 
      I heard in my spirit the words, "Send him a postcard on a regular basis expressing your love for him." I thought of an email and then I heard in my spirit again these words." People delete emails but they hang on to postcards." I believed the Spirit of the Lord was guiding me and I got to work on what the Holy Spirit was developing in my heart. 2 Cor. 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
      My brother, being a good artist influenced the type of postcards that I bought. I got a stack of cards that portrayed paintings of my brother's favorite artists. With a bit of investigation, I found out what my brother's address was and began to mail a postcard every week for about five months. 
      The messages were non-condemning and simply expressed my love for my brother. They simply said, "I saw a painting today that reminded me of you. I love you." The next card said, "I was in a gallery this week and I saw a painting that reminded me that you are a very talented artist. I love you." The next card said, "I saw a scene today that you would have no problem painting its beauty. I love you." Prov. 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. I continued to post a card every week for about five months and never a word of condemnation.
      One day my mother phoned me and said that my brother had asked if he could come over for Sunday dinner with her. I had not let anyone in the family know that I was on a postcard love mission from the Lord so I said, "Let me know how dinner goes," then we prayed together for a blessed time. 
      That Sunday night my mother phoned me and said their dinner was wonderful and that my brother had softened his heart toward the family, but she could not understand why all he wanted to talk about all evening was me - his older brother. I then explained what the Lord had led me to do. Prov. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
      Within a short time my brother was reconciled to the family and we to him. He also took responsibility and became a support to his ex-wife and children. The reason this story is important to our family is that a few years later my brother passed away and we were all able to thank God for the short time we had as a family. 
      What would have been the everlasting hurts had we not reconciled from the offence? The funeral would have been laced with a lot of shoulda, woulda, coulda, rather than the joy of knowing we had loved him home. Matt. 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. I love my brother and I am looking forward to seeing him again.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A Cover Up!

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.

      When we become our own saviors because we are covering up a sin that we will not acknowledge or deal with, it causes problems within our souls and hearts. It also strains the relationship we have with Christ because He is trying to point out to us that He has already done the saving through the cross and His blood. Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
      The work that Christ did at the cross is done completely. The attempts at saving ourselves with good works will be a never-ending-story because when we are not bringing our sins and transgressions to the Lord to be rid of them, then we are covering them up. The result of this self-righteousness will be a flawed and insipid Christianity. The duplicity and subterfuge we practice will only diminish our strength in the Lord who is trying to reconcile us to Himself, but we falter at whatever we do.
      We read in the book of Joshua, chapter seven, the story of Achan. The story is known as "The sin of Achan." The people of Israel were instructed by God to conquer the city of Jericho as they began to take possession of the promise land. They were also instructed not to take anything whatsoever for themselves as the spoils were for God's agenda. Joshua 6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. 
      Achan disobeyed and took some of the spoils and it brought judgment on the people of God when they tried to overtake the city of Ai. Through a process of elimination, Achan was discovered to be the reason for the judgment that had defeated them. 
      When Joshua confronts Achan, his responds is this. Josh 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly  Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. 
      Achan had literally covered his sin in his tent and it brought a great loss to himself and his family. Joshua 7:24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. This cover-up caused the death of himself and his children. As it says in Num. 32:23b And be sure your sin will find you out.
      Thank God we live on this side of the cross and there is forgiveness for sin when we repent. Thank you, Lord, that our pastor does not organize a "stone the parishioner to death" portion of the Sunday service. Grace has given us such a wonderful relationship with our Lord and Savior. However, unconfessed-sin can still cause us to be affected in our walk with Christ to the point of not prospering at what we put our hearts to do in life. 
      James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We stumble for a lack of Godly confidence. Confession and forsaking sin will still bring mercy into our lives and will help us have mercy for others who are struggling with different weaknesses. 
      We are exhorted to come to God's throne for mercy and grace. Heb. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. God is saying run to Him, and not run from Him when we sin. John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out. 
      In his book, Enemies Of The Heart. Andy Stanley says, "It is easier to behave your way to a new way of thinking than think your way to a new way of behaving." This is what the Lord is trying to get us to do. If we come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy, regardless of how bad we feel about falling in sin, the reward of going to God's throne will change our self-righteous behavior. Our obedient behavior will result in submission to Christ, the Savior, and we will obtain true mercy and grace.
      Covering up our sins and trespasses will only put us in a position to be accused by the enemy. Eph. 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. This will only sap our strength and we will become lazy Christians with no affect or victory in life. We came to Christ in the first place because it was only Him who could cover and get rid of our sins forever. Why stop coming to Him now? 
      He still is the way,  the truth, and the life. Lord, help us to uncover everything that causes grief to your heart and help us to be courageous in humility, for you have all the answers for our souls. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

There Are Enemies

Proverbs 16:7  When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
    
       My pride is ruining my testimony because I want the grace of God in my life, but, I want God's judgment on my enemies' lives without mercy. Well, saints, this pride will not do. In order for my enemies to be at peace with me, I must please the Lord. 
      God's first order of faith is in Him, and second that I love my neighbours and my enemies as myself. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Choices in life are most often simple, but not always easy to live out.
     We read in the book of Genesis the story of Joseph who was betrayed by his brothers because of jealousy. After years of slavery and imprisonment, Joseph emerges as second-in-command only to Pharaoh himself. 
      Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to buy food because of a great famine in the land. Now they must deal with Joseph who is now in a position of great power and can exact revenge. However, Joseph forgives his brothers. Gen. 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 
      There was a lot for Joseph to forgive here, yet he could see that it was God who had directed his life and turned everything to the good for Joseph personally. He also preserved a nation from starvation. God made his enemies be at peace with him and better yet, Joseph was also at peace with his enemies who were now restored, brothers.
     Truly the Psalmist says it right in Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. This is our portion of a full cup when we are walking in a way that pleases the Lord. We will live in peace even though there are enemies in our lives, whether they are spiritual or natural enemies. Deut. 28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 
      This does not mean we will never encounter problems or demonic attacks, but it means we will have the confidence in our God who will help us with the battle these protagonists bring. Deut. 20:4 For the LORD your God is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. The fact that we are believing, by faith, that God is our ever-present-help is pleasing to God and He will go to war and fight the enemies of our lives. God will rebuke the devourer for our sakes and restore what was taken from us. 2 Kings 17:39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
      The blessing of this incredible benefit from God is that we can count on the Lord to take this fight of the destruction of our enemies to the very end. Death is the last enemy we will contend within our lifetime. 1 Cor. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. The finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ has consumed our eternal death and all the fears that come with it. The Psalmist says that we will be guided even unto death. Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death. 
      We now have victory over death and will be guided through this process that can overwhelm us and cause fearful thoughts from this last enemy. The Lord encourages us not to fear this enemy because He has overcome death for us. 1 Cor. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 
      When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. What an amazing salvation we have that death our last enemy has been defeated by the cross and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rev. 1:8 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death
      Lord, we ask in Jesus name, that you continue to remind us of your powerful work that was done in our hearts and in our lives. Lord, you have saved us from the deceptions of the enemy. You, LORD, alone have defeated all our enemies - including death - and we are grateful. Amen.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Selah: Think On That

Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

      Selah: Think on that Proverb.
      As I have said in the past, "Watch out for get-rich-quick-schemes, because the only one to get rich quick is the person with the scheme." Sometimes it is the simple truths of God's word that are the most profound. 

      Faithfulness to God will bring blessing; faithfulness to getting rich fast will only bring grief, because the focus of the person's heart becomes an obsession on the riches themselves and not the one who blesses us with richness. Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Thomas Aquinas said. "The thing that we love tells us what we are." 
      The majority of all dissatisfaction in our lives is because there is something we want this very minute and cannot have it. James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. At this point, we start thinking that we have been faithful enough toward God and He should deliver this thing we want right now. 
      We become angry with God because we feel He owes us. We end up corrupting our relationship with unnecessary jealousy and grief. Thank God in that moment the LORD still loves us and keeps guiding us through the mess of our own making. Isa. 30:31 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 
      As the Proverb says, "A faithful man shall abound with blessing. Oh ya, you say! What's in it for me? Well, putting aside our eternal salvation, (if that is even possible) there are these blessings. Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. 
      Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases; 4 Who redeems thy life from destruction; who crowns thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Is that not worth being grateful for? Is that not worth our faithfulness toward God who loves us with a pure heart?
      As we mature in the word of God and grow in the love and power of the Holy Spirit, we can count on the faithfulness of our God toward us. Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? 
      The Lord helps us to be faithful through the Holy Spirit. We have the best of God's intentions toward us. Jer. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end
      With all this Godly support, let us be faithful to Him who first loved us. Job 5:8a Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects. Father, in Jesus name we ask that you continually quicken our hearts to being faithful toward you and all those whom you love. Give us your strength, Lord, that we may be found faithful on that day of your coming. Amen.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Blessed Disappointment

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

      In 1987 my young family and I were living in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. Expo 88 had been announced and the project was being built in Brisbane. One of the results that normally happens during these big city world events is that house rents go up and finding a home to rent becomes difficult. 
      We were being pressured into buying a home because it would be easier than renting during the present volatile price fluctuations. We were looking for a house with a very small budget and the promise from God's word in Isa. 32:18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
      During the late 1980's in Redcliffe, you could still buy a starter home for 45 to 50 thousand dollars. When I say our budget was small, I mean mustering up forty-five hundred dollars for a down payment was a monumental task. With the grace and help of God, we were blessed and had accumulated forty-seven hundred for a down payment; we were living the dream even though interest rates on a mortgage were 13%. Phil. 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 
      The day came when we had found a house near the hospital, on a beautiful street with nice fields behind the homes on that street. My wife was in love with the french doors, wooden floors, shaded porch, casement windows, and tropical gardens. Eccl. 1:8b The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. I thought this would be a wonderful place for my wife and son because there were 3 bedrooms and my wife was pregnant with our second son. 
     "How much?" We asked in unison. The Realtor thought the asking price was about forty-nine thousand but was not sure because the owners lived in Melbourne and they just finished the family estate paperwork on it. I said, "We can offer forty-seven thousand right now." In my heart I knew we did not have anything left for furniture but, hey, this was the house. 
      We could all see clearly this was the house for us and surely God wanted us to have it. Well, two days later the owners came back with an offer of fifty-nine thousand that was firm. My wife was heartbroken because we did not have anywhere near fifty-nine hundred dollars down. We could not understand the situation because we were believing God for this house. Why God? Why are you not helping us with this request? I thought you wanted us to have a nice place to raise our children! Why? Why? Why? Isa. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
      We ended up buying a nice home on Dunbar St. for forty-six thousand, and we were able to buy some furniture and move in just in time for the birth of our second son. Three months later there was an announcement in the local newspaper that the city and government were going to build a large welfare subsidised apartment complex in the nice field behind the dream home street. 
      That neighbourhood was in an uproar because they pronounced that property values would crash and the crime rate would be terrible. They prophesied to the letter as realty prices dropped overnight by one-third of house values. After the housing project was finished, theft and vandalism did go up. 
    Our disappointment had been changed into a blessing. Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. The Lord had protected us from ourselves. We do not always see what is down the road, but God does, and trusting Him in our disappointments is part of our walk in Christ. 
      Isa. 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. That is what happened in our home, we glorified the Lord for His wisdom and guidance because there was more blessing to come. 
      In the summer of 1989, we returned to Canada and by that time the realty-boom in Australia had started to build a bit of momentum. One and a half years after buying our home, we sold for approximately double what we paid for it. We had enough for a nice healthy down payment on a house in Canada. Within a short time in Canada, we were mortgage free. 
      We give God all the glory. His wisdom is boundless and full of love. The Lord has the know-how and trusting in Him during our disappointments is still the way to go. Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

What Made You Smile Today?

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

      To my sons whom I love.
      I remember a trip my youngest son and I traveled together on in 2007. It was a father-son trip to Australia because my son had been born there and he would turn twenty years old on this trip. He had no recollection of Australia because we had moved to Canada when he was a one-year-old child. We had a wonderful time traveling throughout the great and free state of Queensland as I introduced my son to his roots per se. 

      After three weeks in Australia, we thought we would spend the last week of our vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii. In Honolulu, as we were walking toward the beach access next to the Hilton Hotel, we noticed an elderly man in his late eighties and his son. The son was helping his dad cross the street by allowing his father to use his arm to steady himself as they shuffled their way across the crosswalk. 
      My twenty-year-old son looked at them and smiled a radiant smile then said, "Hey dad, look, that will be you and me thirty years from now when we are traveling together." In that moment I had joy, because my son saw himself involved in my life. Prov. 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Remembering that, made me smile today.
      One day in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, my oldest son - who was five years old at the time - was fishing off of the pier with myself and my friend Don. It was a warm and quiet afternoon. There were about eight other elderly fishermen along the rail casting and jigging for different fish. No one was catching anything. Suddenly my son's fishing rod bends to the extreme and he is asking for help to bring in his catch. 

      We landed a ten-pound flatfish, and everyone on the pier came over to see the big catch laying at my son's feet. There was some jealous grumbling amongst the people as they looked at the boy, then the fish. Suddenly, my son with his hands on his hips and with a loud voice says, "Well praise the LORD, hey dad?" My friend Don and I busted out laughing and said, "Amen, praise the LORD is right!" Isa. 11:6b And a little child shall lead them. Remembering that, made me smile today.
       Years ago when my youngest son was nine years old, I came home off of a road-trip and my sons was hugging me and happy to see me home. It had been a successful business trip and I was feeling good because I had landed some prosperous accounts. I had some road-money left in my pocket, so I gave the boys a ten dollar bill each. 

      My youngest son looks at the money in his brother's hand and he looks at the money in his hand, then with a serious look on his face but a twinkle in his eye he points his finger at me and says" What did you do with my father?" I just busted into laughter. What timing, what a funny sense of humor. I was so grateful to God for wonderful children. Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Remembering that, made me smile today.
      This year at Thanksgiving my oldest son was home with us for dinner. Before eating, I asked everyone around the table to share something they were grateful for this Thanksgiving. 
There were some good moments of grateful expression, but none was more blessed when my son said that he was so grateful for being in his right mind and place in his family. That God had done a good work in him. 
      Over the last few years, he had gone through a hard time, but had found his way home and was now living in the grace that God and family gives generously to loved ones. Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Remembering that, made me smile today.
       What made you smile today? We are richer then we think and God's currency isn't always cash. The Lord blesses in ways that are incalculable and beyond worldly wealth. His agenda for us is to have us choose what is eternal and these thoughts made me smile today. Matt. 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.