Daily Treasures

You Can't Take It With You

Once there was a man who heard that when you die, you can’t take it with you. So he decided he would at least try. He put all of his money in a big jug with a handle on it and put it in the attic. He believed he was going to die in his house and the attic was right above his bedroom. On the way up to heaven, he figured, he would snatch that jug and see if he could take it with him. Well, he died and after everybody had come and gone, the wife went up in the attic to see if the jug was... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Your Personal Value

If you are godly, you are wealthy. Your personal value is revealed not by money but by godliness. So many times we look at a man's stocks, bonds, real estate, and possessions, and we say, "He is worth this or that." You cannot measure worth by money. Godliness is worth more than a bank account. Do you know how to find out what an item is worth? Find out what somebody will pay for it. I don’t care how much you think something is worth. Try to sell it—then you’ll know what it’s worth. ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Seeing God

Do you want to know how to see God? Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Get your heart pure and you will see God. I was reading Hebrews 11 and came across a verse which has direct application to this point: "By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27). You get your heart right, friend, and you’ll see the invisible. You’ll see God. You say, "How will I see Him?"... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Regeneration...Not Reformation

Have you ever been to a sawmill and seen the workers create planks of wood? I have, and I've found it fascinating. They cut down a big tree that may have bumps and knots on it, and it may be a little crooked, but when they're finished, you would never know its imperfections. They lay it on that cradle, run it through, and cut off one side of that log. Then they bring it back, turn it, and run it through again to cut off another side. They repeat this process until the log is perfectly... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Integrity In The Heart

Matthew 5:8 says, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Now what does Jesus mean when He says that? I believe He is addressing the integrity of a person's heart. The word "heart" in this verse doesn't mean the muscle that pumps the blood. It is talking about the seat of our emotions, the inner person—what I call "master control." Your heart speaks of total commitment. When people fall in love, they're called—what? Sweet-hearts, not sweet-heads. That's because the heart... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 25, 2016 | 0 comments

Meekness Is Not Weakness

Matthew 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." What is meekness? Well, let me tell you what it is not before I tell you what it is. Meekness is not weakness. The word "meek" means "yielded." It is the concept of strength under control. When an animal, especially a horse, has been domesticated, it has been trained so a rider can sit upon its back or so it can pull a plow. The term "meeked" is used to describe what has... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Financially Right With God, Part 2

Many people say, “I wonder why I’m not growing. I wonder why I don’t have more faith. Why is it that I don’t understand the Bible?" Have you ever thought that you need to get right with your finances? You may respond, "What do finances have to do with understanding the Bible?" Jesus said, "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much" (Luke 16:10). The “least” is the material things. The “much” is the spiritual... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Financially Right With God, Part 1

The kind of repentance that does not reach the bank account has never reached the heart. Now, you can say all you want about getting right with God, but if you don’t get right with God in your finances, you are not right with God. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” When you put God first and things second, God is glorified. Let's look at another verse about getting financially right with God. Malachi... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 0 comments

The People Of The World

The world has a prince, a philosophy, a purpose, and a people. And Christians are to love these people, but we must understand that these people will not love us. Jesus said, “The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). What the Lord said was that we need to wake up and smell the coffee. The devil is doing a better job at destroying the world than the children of God at redeeming the world, because the children of this world... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Man's Capacity For Depravity

Men have a capacity for sin that animals don’t have. Animals cannot sin because animals do not have a choice. And the reason they do not have a choice is they do not have a moral basis. But men do. The sad thing is that man was created a little lower than the angels and now he has become a little lower morally than the animals. Even animals do not have sexual perversion like we have among men. I heard about some monkeys who had a little baby monkey. The father and mother monkey were... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Domination Over Animals

Man is meant to rule. In Psalm 8:5-8, God says, For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. When Jesus Christ was here on earth, He demonstrated that dominion. Jesus rode a wild... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Pro-Choice Is No Choice

I'm telling you, pro choice is no choice. Somebody says, "Well, now wait a minute. A woman's body is her own body." But we're not talking about her body; we're talking about the body of a little baby. Freedom of choice is not the freedom of choice to kill someone else. "Well," you say, "the baby lives inside the mother." Suppose I have an unwanted guest in my home? Do I have the right to kill an unwanted guest in my home? Put it down big, put it down plain, put it down straight: no mother... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 14, 2016 | 0 comments

The Good Shepherd

The Lord Jesus is described as a shepherd three times in the New Testament. He is described first of all as the Good Shepherd in John 10:11 when He says, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” To guard against predators, a shepherd will sleep at the door, or gate, of the sheepfold. His sheep mean everything to him. They are his livelihood. Even when he sleeps, it will be with one eye open so he can be awakened at even the slightest hint of danger. Nails... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Guiding A Child To Repent

When a child disobeys his parents, do you know what that child has done? He has sinned against God. It's not primarily against a parent that he's sinned, he's sinned against God. It's a direct result of breaking one of the Ten Commandments, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12). When a child has disobeyed, the parent needs to help that child understand repentance toward God. The parent can say, “Listen,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Creative Child Training

Parents are always asking me what they need to teach their children. Some even ask if they are to have a family altar. I believe in having a family altar, but I don’t believe that a family altar is the best time to teach your children. If you try to make your major teaching when your family gathers to worship at a family altar, then your children will feel like worship is just another time for class. Let your family altar be a sacred time for worship and prayer. The Old Testament gives us... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 11, 2016 | 0 comments

The Time To Teach

What is the favorite word of a little toddler other than “no”? The word “why.” Don’t get exasperated when they keep asking why. That’s a God-given instinct. They are little intellectual sponges. Isaiah 28:9-10 says, “Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Do you see... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Suffering For Christ

First Peter 3:13 says, “And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?” You say, “Oh boy, I love that verse. Nobody can harm me.” Let’s keep reading to the first part of verse 14: “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.” Now wait a minute, Pastor Rogers. The Bible seems to contradict itself. One verse says, “Who is he that will harm you?” and the next verse talks about our... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 7, 2016 | 0 comments

The Joy Of The Lord Upon A Church

There is nothing sweeter than being part of a church when the joy of the Lord is upon that church. Indeed, there is nothing that makes a church stronger than the joy of the Lord. Oh yes, there will be mourning. Oh yes, there will be seriousness. But the one thing I want to characterize our church services more than anything else is joy. Do you know most people are not even worried about going to heaven or hell? They are just longing for some real joy in their lives. Jesus said, “These... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 0 comments

God's Word Is A Treasure

Job said, “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12b). God’s Word was more important to Job than his food. When this book is as important to you as your physical food, then you’re going to start to grow in your Christian life. Psalm 119:162 says, “I rejoice at Thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.” Have you ever dreamed of one day discovering a buried treasure somewhere—a little box filled with rubies and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Staying Near The Word Of God

How easy it is to be deceived when we are not walking in the light of God’s Word. You’d better keep your knees on the floor and your face in the Word of God in these days in which we are living. I was reading something of the life of Charles Lindbergh, who flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He was telling about when he was out over Newfoundland in dense fog and there was a lot of moisture. He could see the condensation beginning to freeze on the wings of his plane. Lindbergh said he... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 4, 2016 | 0 comments

The Devil's Distractions

The devil would love to get us distracted. He knows if he can distract us, he can begin his greater works of discouragement, despair, and a disregard for God. People are getting distracted everywhere. There are women to whom the world is issuing an irresistible call to go to work when they are financially able to stay home. There are people working in the church in positions to which God has called them, then suddenly the world comes along and beckons them to grab the brass ring. Perhaps... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Distractions From God's Work

Once there was a man hunting a bear because he wanted a fur coat. Finally, he saw his bear. He took aim and was about to squeeze the trigger when the bear said, “Wait a minute, don’t shoot me. Let’s go out here in the middle of the road and sit down and talk this thing over. Let’s be reasonable, after all, all you want is a ur coat, and all I want is a good meal.” They had a talk, and when it was over, the bear had a good meal and the man had a fur coat. Do you know one of the dangers of any... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 0 comments

The Devil's Tool Of Discouragement

There’s a story that one day the devil was auctioning off his tools. He had a high price on them all: pride, laziness, arrogance, hate, envy, jealousy. But there was one tool with a sign under it: “Not For Sale.” It was a strange-looking tool about which someone asked, “What is that tool and why isn’t it for sale?” “Well,” Satan whispered, “I can’t afford to get rid of that one! That’s my chief tool—discouragement. With this tool, I can pry open a heart, and once I’m there, I can do most... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Facing Ridicule For God

I didn’t come from a household of preachers. I also didn’t come from a particularly religious family. But God reached down and called me to preach. I told my folks and everybody I knew what He had done. One night, I remember my father and a friend of our family sitting out on the patio talking. The friend was a man that I admired and respected very much. He said to my father, “What’s Adrian going to do when he gets out of high school?” And my dad responded, “Well, he wants to go off to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 0 comments

A Mandate From God

Nehemiah was a man who knew how to get alone with God. He fasted, prayed, and wept. And when he had done all of this, God told him what to do. Do you want to know God’s will about something? Have you done what Nehemiah did? Or are you just putting yourself into neutral and letting life push you around? Do you have a focus? If not, why not? God has a plan for your life. He has something He wants you to do. You are special to God, and the same God who has called you is the God who has... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, June 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Faithful In The Little Things

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). Big things are made from smaller things, just like your body is made from cells. And those cells are made from molecules. And those molecules are made from atoms. Everything that is big is made from something small. Think of all of the ages of time. Time is made from millenniums, millenniums are made from centuries, centuries from years, years from... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, June 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Faithful To Our Friendships

How important it is to have friends! Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Someone paraphrased First Corinthians 13 in this way: “Friendship is slow to lose patience. It looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive. It is neither anxious to impress others, nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. Friendship has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage at the other’s expense. It is not touchy. It... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Faithful To The Family

Over and over and over again, the Bible speaks of family faithfulness. Friend, if you are not faithful at home, you can’t be faithful anywhere else. Simply put: The religion that doesn’t begin at home, doesn’t begin at all. “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6). Husbands need to be faithful to their wives. They need to be morally faithful and sexually faithful. There is no greater mark of unfaithfulness than adultery. If you... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Kindness In The Home

Do you know where we need to be kind the most? In our homes. Why is it that sometimes we are the most unkind to those we love the best? The most cutting remarks sometimes occur in the home. Indeed, there are many marriages that could be saved by a little gentleness. Emerson said, “Courtesy is made up of little sacrifices.” If you are a husband, let me give an application for today. Men are to be the leader of the home. And one of the marks of leadership is gentleness. 2 Timothy 2:24 says:... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Too Busy To Be Kind

The chief enemy to kindness is busyness. We have our priorities, our jobs, our duties, our responsibilities…we’re too busy. But if we are too busy to be kind, we are too busy. The Bible says: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan? In Luke chapter 10, our Lord tells the story of a man on a journey who stopped to help a bruised and bleeding man on... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, June 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Longsuffering - A Fruit Of The Spirit

The Bible says the fruit of the spirit is “longsuffering.” I’ll tell you one thing about fruit—you will never see a fruit factory. Isn’t that right? You’ll see a shirt factory, but you see a fruit orchard. You see, there is no fruit without life. You cannot manufacture patience. The fruit of the Spirit is patience. And the same Bible that says in Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is…patience,” says a few verses later, “if we live in the Spirit, let’s walk in the Spirit”... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, June 17, 2016 | 0 comments

The Trying Of Your Faith

James 1:3-4 says: “Knowing this: That the trying of your faith worketh patience…” Now, the “tryings of your faith” James is talking about are those irritations, those imponderables, those inconveniences, trials, tears, and tribulations that come into our lives. “Knowing this: that the trying of your faith worketh patience; but let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect.” Do you know what the word “perfect” means? It means mature. What does God want in your life?... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Joy Is An Inside Job

It is cruel to say to people who are in sorrow, “Smile and be happy." People simply cannot be happy all the time. There is no way that people can paste a smile on their face and go around with a saccharine grin all the time. You are not expected to. The Bible says of the Lord Jesus: "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not" (Isaiah 53:3). And yet the Bible spoke of... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Gaining Knowledge About Your Wife

First Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” Most husbands are not good husbands because they are not understanding husbands. The reason they aren’t understanding husbands is, they have never really taken time to gain knowledge about their wives. They are too proud to learn and to admit, “I don’t know.” Now,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Wealth And Financial Bondage

It is not wrong to have possessions. As a matter of fact, God wants you to have possessions. He gives you possessions to make you a steward over them. The problem comes as those possessions multiply on credit. Somebody has described a modern American as a person who drives a bank-financed car, over a bond-financed highway, on gasoline he’s just bought with a credit card, on his way to open a charge account at a department store, so he can fill his Savings and Loan-financed home with... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, June 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Heaven Is A Place On God's Map

One of the sweetest passages in all of the Bible is where the Lord Jesus Christ said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2). Jesus Christ was Truth incarnate. He never lied. He always told the truth. He said, “If it were not so, I would have told you.” Jesus would not let the hope of heaven go beating within the human bosom if it... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, June 10, 2016 | 0 comments

The Bread Of Deceit

Did you know that there are no happy old people living in Satan’s camp? Now, he has some happy young people—those who are living high, wide and handsome right now. They have a certain modicum of fun and what we would call happiness. But Satan has no happy old people. Here’s why. Satan always gives the best first and the worst last. For example, Proverbs 20:17 says, “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” Satan is a counterfeiter and a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Prioritizing Your Life

Sometimes I hear adults tell young people, “Make all the money you can, just so you make it honestly.” That’s not good advice. If you make all the money you can, you are going to be making money when you should be doing something else. You are going to be making money when you ought to be quiet and alone with God. I’m not against making money. I’m not against business. I’m trying to tell you that you need to stop and prioritize your life. Do you know what I think God does with some of us?... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Looking For Life, But Missing It

I was reading in the newspaper awhile back about a fighter plane that was flying so fast, it overtook its own bullet and shot itself down. I actually read this! There are a lot of folks who are doing the same thing. They are shooting themselves down because they are not making the time to slow down. They are forgetting to make stillness before God a priority—that they may really experience the serenity and quietness of God’s presence. Sometimes it’s not a sin to be quiet; it’s a sin not to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Hungering And Thirsting After Righteousness

Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). How many people do you know who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness? Not many, I’m sure. Why do you think that is? I think it is because most of us are hungering and thirsting after happiness instead. We are seeking to satisfy the deep well in our heart with the things of this world instead of the Person who died for the world—Jesus... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, June 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Available To God

One of the greatest secrets I ever learned was that God didn’t want me to do anything for Him. He wanted to do something through me. Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Whenever I hear people say, “I just serve God in my poor, little, old, weak way,” I feel like saying, “Well, quit it!” God doesn’t want you to serve Him in your poor, little, old, weak way. He wants you to die... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, June 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Pride Precedes Destruction

The devil never gives up without a fight. He is going to say to you, "Don’t admit your need of the Lord. Keep your dignity. You're not that bad." If you were to take the 7 billion-plus people upon the face of this earth and add to them all of the people that have died since Adam, then add to that number all the people who will yet come into being before time comes to an end, put all of them in one place and then extract from them their very best attributes, and take all... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 0 comments

What Is Success?

Success is not spelled m-o-n-e-y. Success is not spelled f-a-m-e. Success is the progressive realization of the will of God for your life. If God has a plan for your life, then you would expect God to reveal that plan to you, right? Your glorious duty and privilege is to find, follow, and finish the will of God so that when you come to the end, you can say as Jesus did, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.” (see John 17:4). Then He can say to you, “Well... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 0 comments

God's Plan For The Individual

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). God had a plan for your life before He laid the foundation of this world. You see, God doesn’t just have a plan for nations and churches. God has a plan for individuals. The very hairs of your head are numbered. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way.” How... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Hypocrites In The Church

Expect there to be hypocrites in the Church. The devil is at work and every church has them. It is not our job as Christians to try to separate the wheat from the tares. We should never get into a crusade against someone else’s religion. That is not our business. Our business is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now surely we should warn people of false doctrine (see Matthew 24:11-28 and 1 John 4:1). The Bible tells us that, but we shouldn’t go around rooting out tares (see... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, May 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Hypocrites...A Backward Testimony

Don’t let counterfeit Christians keep you out of heaven. Now, why would I make such a strong statement? Because you could let them if you believe the stories their lives are telling. Let me set you straight. A counterfeit Christian is actually a backward testimony of God’s Truth. You see, people don’t counterfeit gum wrappers. They counterfeit $50.00 bills, $100.00 bills. Why? Because a $100.00 bill is worth something. And every counterfeit Christian that you see is a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, May 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Shallow Hearts

“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matthew 13:20-21). I don’t get excited every time somebody shouts “Hallelujah.” I don’t get excited when I see people weeping as they walk down the aisle during an invitation. I try to view life... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Harden Not Your Heart

It’s an altruism—anything you do long enough, you’re going to become proficient at. The same is true of your attitude toward God. If you reject the Gospel long enough, you become a professional Gospel-rejecter. Let me illustrate. Have you ever seen the charred stump of a pine tree? What do you think happened? Probably someone cut down the pine tree. Then a fire burned the area and caught the stump aflame. After a while it burned itself out. In a year or so the underbrush... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments

You've Got To Sow The Seed

Jesus addressed His disciples, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63). God’s Word is like a seed—it has life in it. If you want to have a crop, you can plow, fertilize, and irrigate all you want, but if you don’t plant the seed, you’re not going to yield a harvest. You know, this a prevalent practice in the pulpit today. There are preachers who specialize in... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 0 comments

The Spiritually Rich Get Richer

Jesus said, “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” (Matthew 25:29). Why does Jesus give more spiritual riches to the person who already has riches in Christ? Well, let’s build an analogy from the material world. Suppose you were a businessman and you had two businesses in which you invested $50,000 each. One business immediately began to lose money and was mismanaged; the other... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, May 23, 2016 | 0 comments