Daily Treasures

Don't Act Humble

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:16-18). The Pharisees would go around with a gloomy look on their faces, trying to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Fellowship With God In Prayer

Years ago I was invited to preach at a college, and my schedule was such that I could not go. They said, “If we send a private airplane for you, can you go?” I said, “Well, if you can do that, I can go.” And so they sent a private airplane. We took off and were flying over Arkansas when the pilot said, “Do you know how to fly an airplane?” I said, “No, I don’t.” We were sitting side by side and he said, “Would you like to try?” I said, “Yes, I would.” He said, “All right, you sit here and do... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 0 comments

First, Surrender

I read about a naval battle with Admiral Lord Nelson, commander of the British navy, which defeated the French. The French admiral came on board Lord Nelson’s ship to surrender. He walked up there in all of his regalia, with his sword swinging by his side. And he came with a smile on his face and put out his hand to Lord Nelson. Lord Nelson impassively said, "Your sword first, sir." There are a lot of people who think they can walk up and glad-hand the Lord Jesus Christ, but He says, "Your... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 0 comments

No Peace Treaty With Sin

I believe one of the strangest verses that ever fell from the lips of Jesus was this: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34). That’s incredible, because Isaiah 9:6 calls Him the "Prince of Peace." And when He was born, the angels sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matthew 5:9). And... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Peace...The Result Of Righteousness

I remember reading about a liberal seminary professor who told his class, "We should never have any enemies or be controversial. There should never be any problems. What we need to do is to follow the example of Jesus." He was preaching the gospel of appeasement. A seminary student lifted his hand and said, "Professor, if Jesus Christ was so beautifully tactful and diplomatic, how did He manage to get Himself crucified?" Jesus Christ did not get along with everybody and everybody did not... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 22, 2016 | 0 comments

The Beatitudes...Christian Character

The Lord Jesus Christ gives us nine beatitudes, or “attitudes that ought to be.” They are not platitudes. They are attitudes that deal with Christian character. For a full text of the beatitudes, please read Matthew 5:3-11. Christian character is what you are. Your reputation is what others think about you, but character is what God knows about you. The beatitudes don't say, "Blessed is what you have," or "Blessed is what you do," but instead they tell us, "Blessed is what you are." All... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Bible Training Versus Political Correctness

The Bible says to train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Now today, that is not considered political correctness. They think you are interfering with a little child’s life. Political correctness says, “Don’t spank the child. That is child abuse.” God’s Word says in Proverbs 22:15, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.” Political correctness today says, “Give... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Influencing The Destiny Of Your Chilldren

You might ask, “Pastor Rogers, Do you think you can control the destiny of your children?” No, but I can certainly influence the destiny of my children. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” One of the keys to understanding that verse is the word “way.” It is a Hebrew word that means something like a bend in a bow, that every child has a particular bent. They are not warped, but they are bent... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 0 comments

Knowing Truth Or Knowing Jesus

I want you to read a part of an essay written by a 17-year old boy, but I want to tell you ahead of time the young boy was Karl Marx. Listen to it: If we examine the history of man’s nature as an individual, we constantly observe that spark of divinity in his breast. Our hearts, reason, history, the Word of Christ, all call out to us loudly and convincingly to tell us that union with Him is absolutely necessary and without Him we would be rejected of God, for He alone is able to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | 0 comments

An Advertisement For The Devil

I’ve often thought that the devil is ashamed of some drunks—like those in the gutter covered with flies and vomit. Do you think that is a good advertisement for the temptations of the devil? I will tell you a better advertisement for the devil. It is the man of distinction with a crisp white collar surrounded by beautiful women at a race track with a cocktail in his hand. He is not a drunk. He handles it well. He doesn’t know God, though. Now I’m not trying to say he doesn’t know God because... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Answered Prayer - 4 Ways

God responds to our prayers in about four basic ways. 1. DIRECT: God just says “Yes.” We ask God for something and God just says, “All right, My child, you asked, and here it is.” God gives us exactly, precisely, immediately what we ask. 2. DIFFERENT: You ask one thing and God gives you something else. Romans 8:26b says, “For we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” If you pray for something... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Divorce Is Not The End

Divorce is not the unpardonable sin, though some people think it is, and unfortunately, some churches act like it is. Divorce is also not a dead-end street. I think there are legitimate situations in which a person can remarry. If you’ve been divorced; you are not a second-class citizen. There’s something called the grace of God. Forgiveness is always available. Here's what the Bible says: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Sex Is God's Gift

Matthew 19:6 says, " Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Marriage is a romance in which both the hero and the heroine die in the first chapter, and a new person comes into being. And that new person is one flesh. In marriage, the husband and wife are to be one flesh physically. Sex is neither dirty nor impure; it is a wonderful gift of God. Now, Hollywood has made sex dirty, but that was not God's intent. When... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Does The Family Have A Future?

Because the family is the basic unit of society, Satan has waged an all-out war against it. And now some people are asking if the family has a future. Will the family become just a relic of another age? Our children are being educated in a system that says, “We’re going to be neutral regarding God.” However, the public school system is not neutral, because they teach godless science. When you tell a preschooler that a frog became a prince, that’s a fairy tale. But if you teach that in... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 0 comments

The Family Forms The Child

The family forms a child's psyche. It is in the home that a child typically learns who he is, what he can do, and what is expected of him. The child also learns a sense of security and confidence. A child looks into the face of his or her parent to get a sense of worth. Does he see love in his mother's face? Does she see love in her father's eyes? That child should see that he is so special because of his mother's love and so special because of his father's love. A child also gets a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Abusing The Body, Part 2

Did you know that your body is a servant? But if you abuse that servant, your body may rise up and smite you for it. You see, your body is very unforgiving. Now, most folks value money more than they value health, isn’t that true? That is, until they lose their health. Many people spend the first half of their lives accumulating their wealth by wasting their health. Then they spend the last half of life spending their wealth trying to get their health back! And they’re unhappy in both halves... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Abusing The Body, Part 1

Sometimes sickness is due to a violation of God’s natural laws. What do I mean by that? We flaunt God’s natural laws and expect to be well! For example, a lot of people poison their bodies with nicotine. Now, somebody asks, "Can I smoke and go to heaven?” The truth of the matter is, you may get there a whole lot quicker! Smoking won’t send you to hell; it’ll just make you smell like you’ve been there. If you smoke, you violate God’s natural law.... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Dedicating Our Bodies To God

First Thessalonians 5:23 says, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Spirit. Soul. Body. With my spirit, I have a spiritual life and I know the world above me. With my soul, I have a psychological life and I know the world around me. With my body, I have physical life and I am related to the world beneath me. When my spirit is right, I am holy. When my... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 3, 2016 | 0 comments

A Merry Heart Is Medicine

After World War II, there were a lot of orphans in Germany. A group of behavioral scientists decided to study some of these little ones, so they took 100 children and put 50 in one group and 50 in another group. One group of children was given everything that they needed: food, bedding, clothing, as well as lots of loving attention and affection. The other 50 children had their physical needs met, but they received no loving attention or affection. Now, we may question whether or not these... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Leisure Time...A Necessity

Jesus knew joy and Jesus knew happiness. The Bible says concerning Him, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9). I want to tell you something. Leisure is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The word "leisure" comes from a Latin word which means "to give permission." So leisure time is something you give yourself because you need it, and God wants you to have it. And if you... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 1, 2016 | 0 comments

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