Daily Treasures

Rescue The Perishing

A woman had taken a course in First Aid. When she went back to her study group, they were having testimonials, so she shared what happened to her: Out in front of my very own home, there was a horrible accident. An elderly man was driving and lost control, went over the curb and hit an oak tree head-on. He was thrown out of the car and onto the ground. It was horrible. But I was the first one on the scene. I remembered my First Aid training—that if I put my head between my knees I... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Giving God Praise And Glory

One of the things that kills some churches is that when God starts working, people start taking credit for it. When we start taking credit for what God is doing through His church, then the blessings stop. The same is true in witnessing. I hear people say, “Well, I know that I don’t talk about Jesus to other people. I just want people to see my life. And I pray that by seeing my life that they will want to be saved.” Come up close and I will tell you something. They are not saved by your... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Christ Is The Way To Holiness

God wants you to live with power. He doesn’t want you to simply have the Holy Spirit in you as just a resident. He wants that power to be released in your heart and through your life. Early in my ministry, I endeavored to make myself somehow worthy to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I had the idea that if I could be good enough, if I could pray long enough, if I could make myself worthy enough, then perhaps God would fill me. It was as if I needed to prove myself to God that I didn’t need... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 0 comments

The Promise Of The Power

The Holy Spirit of God was poured out upon the church on the Day of Pentecost, which was approximately fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On that special day, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the infant church. God had a plan for His church. In essence, He was saying to His disciples, “You wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with power. Don’t try to go out and do something until you have the power of the Holy Spirit.” Today we don’t have to wait because Pentecost has... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 0 comments

The Church Is The Body Of Christ

The church of Jesus Christ is the body of Jesus on this earth. Don’t let that go over your head. That is not incidental. It is a fundamental truth that Jesus Christ inhabits His church. He is alive and well. We are His spiritual body. People ask, if He were here, “What would Jesus do?” Friend, He is here. He lives in us, and if we don’t understand that, we will live superficially and not supernaturally. We are called to be supernatural. It will be a great day when we learn that Jesus... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Being A Witness For Jesus

A preacher went into a discount department store and walked to the back to buy some fishing tackle. As he was standing at the counter, he asked, “What is a good lure for bass?” The man standing next to him began to talk about fishing lures, good places to catch bass, how to use a particular lure, and this and that. And he kept talking. The preacher bought one of the lures and the man kept talking. The preacher left the store and the man followed him out to his car. He was getting into his... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 19, 2016 | 0 comments

The Just Shall Live By Faith

In these shaky days in which we live, every Christian needs to get a firm grip on the Word of God. What has happened today is that we have gone off into subjectivism, emotional feelings, ecstasies, thoughts and philosophies, rather than standing on the Word of God. There used to be a time when preachers would say, “The Bible says….” Then they started saying, “The church says….” Now they just scratch their heads and say, “Well, it seems to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 16, 2016 | 0 comments

The Closet Of Prayer

What did Jesus mean when He said, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”? (Matthew 6:6). The word “closet” simply means a place of isolation—a place where you can shut the door on the world and open the windows to Heaven. As you study the life of Jesus, you find out that He sought to be alone. Sometimes He would climb a mountain. Sometimes He went... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Keeping Sex Unadulterated

God gave sex to husbands and wives not only for procreation, but also for fellowship, communion, joy, comfort, and mutual love. When the Bible records a husband and wife coming together sexually, it uses the word “knew” instead of sex. What does that mean? It means that sex is a form of communication that cannot be put into words. It is a way of saying, “I love you” that you cannot say any other way. When God says in His holy Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14),... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 0 comments

The Product Of Marriage

Matthew 19:6 says, “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” What is the product of marriage? One flesh. And there is nothing more beautiful or intimate between a husband and a wife. Let me give you a picture of what this is like. There on a mountain top is a little stream that begins to trickle down. On a distant mountain another spring bubbles and forms a second spring and it begins to trickle down. Now each stream... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Marriage: The Supreme Commitment

Mark 10:7-8 says, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” Marriage is the supreme commitment above any other earthly commitment. It is above our commitment to our parents. We are to honor our parents, but the Bible teaches that a man is to leave father and mother and cleave unto his wife. That means that the purse strings and the apron strings are to be cut. Children... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Born A Gifted Child

Now when you got saved, you got your spiritual gift. Just as you got your natural proclivities when you were born naturally, you get your supernatural proclivities when you are supernaturally born. Your spiritual gift is a salvation gift. When you were born-again, you were born a gifted child and “for by one Spirit have we all been baptized into one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) Everybody has a ministry. Now, you may not yet have discovered it yet. A little baby that is born in the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Power To Operate

If you are a child of God, if you are born-again, you have a spiritual gift. Romans 12:1-2 says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Now this is talking about your service to the Lord. Furthermore, the verse continues, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 8, 2016 | 0 comments

Many Gifts, But Members One of Another

“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us…” (Romans 12:4-6) In plain English this means you belong to me and I belong to you. Do you know how you can discover your spiritual gift? Let me tell you how. Get in the body of Christ and go to work. It’s hard to steer a ship that’s not moving. How... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Faith Without Works

When you ask God for something, do you simply do nothing and say, “Well, I’m going to show my faith by doing nothing”? To the contrary, you will show your faith by doing something. Why? Because James 2:20 and 26 tell us that “faith without works is dead.” Actions are the proof of your faith. Proverbs 20:4 tells us, “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” Are you too lazy to plow? Then you won’t have anything to eat. ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 5, 2016 | 0 comments

God's Kingdom On Earth

When you pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” where are you praying that His will be done? “…on earth as it is in heaven” (italics mine). When you pray that way, you need to remember that your prayer may not get answered in this lifetime, but it will be answered. You see, “the kingdom of God” is the kingdom of God’s government. It is the kingdom of God’s grace. It is the kingdom of God’s goodness and it is the kingdom of God’s... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Knowing The Will Of God

The first step in knowing the will of God is the surrender principle. It’s an insult to tell God, “I want to know Your will, but I’m not willing to do Your will.” Couched in a passage about “serving our masters” is the phrase “the will of God” See this principle in Ephesians 6:5-8. A portion of that passage reads, “…in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Father Or Creator?

We often hear the glowing phrase, “The universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of men.” But God is not the Father of all people. God is the Father of those who are born into His family. Now I know what some of you are thinking right now as you race your theological motors down the logical highway of your mind. You say, “But wait a minute, Pastor. Didn’t God create all human beings? Wouldn’t that make God the Father of all human beings?” No, it makes God the creator of all... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Praying In The Name Of Jesus

Two boys graduated from high school. They had not seen each other for a long time when they unexpectedly met on the street. One of the boys had become a respected, successful lawyer. The other had become a beggar. The beggar looked at the lawyer and said, “It’s wonderful what has happened to you. Look at me, I have nothing.” They talked for a while and the lawyer said to his friend, “I hope it will not embarrass you, but I’d like to make a gift to you. Here’s a check. I want you to take it... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Abba Father

Galatians 4:6 says, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Do you know what “Abba” means? It means “Daddy Father.” Have you ever thought about God as a daddy? You say, “That’s irreverent.” No. As a matter of fact, scholars tell us that when Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father” in Matthew 6:9, Jesus spoke in the Aramaic. So the word that Jesus would have used that is translated “Father” is the word “Abba Father.” Now,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 29, 2016 | 0 comments

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