Daily Treasures

The Ministry Of Prayer

  Prayer is not getting ready to serve. Prayer is service. I was preaching a revival meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, years ago with a college friend of mine named Ernie Harvey. It was his home church. Ernie said, “Adrian, I would like you to meet my mother.” We went to a little thread-bare flat where his mother lived. This little woman slowly walked toward us—her joints swollen with crippling arthritis. She could hardly stand up straight. And she said,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, May 22, 2017 | 0 comments

A Ministry Of Encouragement

In 1917, the bishops of the Orthodox Church in Russia were having a heated debate. Just a few doors down the street the Bolsheviks were meeting to overthrow the Czar and usher in the leadership of Lenin. They were planning and plotting, but over there the bishops were debating. Now just what was the huge issue over which the bishops were debating? It was whether or not they were going to use eighteen inch candles or twenty-two inch candles. The empire was crumbling down around them and they... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, May 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Love And Serve One Another

I thank God for the Salvation Army that William Booth started with the poor in London. His vision for ministry has impacted my own, and one thing I have heard stands high above the rest. When William Booth was a very old man, the Salvation Army was holding a convention, and they wanted him to come and speak. He was too old and weakened by illness, so they asked him if he would send them a telegram since he couldn't come. He said he would do that. When it arrived, the telegram consisted... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Encourage One Another

If you are a strong Christian, you are to encourage the weak Christian. You're not here to please yourself. The church does not exist to make you happy. Sometimes committees and choirs might be looking for a time to meet, and the conversation may go something like this: "Well, let me see if we can do it this time. No, that’s when I bowl.” Or “How about this time?” “No, that is when I have to pick up my children from ball practice." Well, if the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Later Than You Think

It is tragic: there’s not only anarchy in the world and apostasy in the church. There’s also apathy in the pew. People just roll over and yawn in the face of God and go back to sleep. The alarm has sounded. I believe Jesus Christ is at the threshold and the trumpet is about to sound. It may be later in your life than you think. You only have so many more minutes, hours, and days to serve the Lord Jesus. James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Changing Public Opinion

America’s government is a republic—the people elect representatives who we hope will do our bidding in passing laws. America’s government is also based upon public opinion. The only hope for America is to change public opinion. And the only thing that can change public opinion is the Word of God. We have got to spread abroad the Word of God. Christians are not going to out-argue those who are against Christianity, for they are blind—they don’t see it—and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, May 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Dare Not Be Silent

We are to praise our country when it does right. We are to preach to our country when it does wrong. God’s people dare not be silent. Let me be very frank with you about politics and Christian involvement. Christians should not identify the Christian faith with Democrats or Republicans. We need to be free to tell both parties to repent and get right with God. Christians will be civil, but we will not be silent. Nathan warned David. Elijah preached to Ahab. Eleazer warned... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, May 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Patriotism

There are those who don’t want us to wave a flag. There are those who don’t want us to love America. Why? Because they think patriotism is wrong. Patriotism is not wrong. Just because I am patriotic doesn’t mean that I love other nations less. I simply have a special love for America because it is my native land. I love my family in a way that I don’t love your family—or any one else’s family. They are MY family. The psalmist demonstrated this when he... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Protecting The Weaker Vessel

First Peter 3:7 says, "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them [wives] 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." When the Bible instructs husbands to protect their wives because they are the weaker vessels, this doesn't mean that they are inferior vessels. Let me illustrate. Which is weaker, porcelain or steel? With porcelain you can make a beautiful cup.... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Willing To Die For Your Wife

Ephesians 5:25-27 says, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." How many editorials have you read that say that Southern Baptists think a husband ought to be willing to die for his wife? Not many, I'm... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 0 comments

The Home Needs A Head

First Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." Does this mean that the Son is inferior? Of course not! The Bible says this about Jesus, "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6-7). Headship... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, May 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Servant Leadership Of The Husband

Did you know that God held Adam responsible for Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden? That's because Adam did not lead and maintain his home as a servant leader. If you are a husband or father, do you think that you are the dictator of your home? If so, then you have a lot to learn. When a dispute erupted among the disciples about who was the greatest, Jesus said, “But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, May 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Things That Cancer Cannot Do

Nothing has ever been written in all of literature more glorious than this, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). You’ll go to the doctor and the doctor will say, “You have cancer.” I want to tell you some things... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 0 comments

All Of Me

There was an evangelist of yesteryear named Wilbur Chapman. One day he was talking to William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army. Chapman asked Booth, “General Booth, God has used you in a great way. What is the secret of God’s use of you?” Booth moved the hair out of his face, looked at Chapman with his piercing eyes and said, “There have been men with greater brains than I, men with greater opportunities; but from the day I got the poor of London on my... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 0 comments

A Living Sacrifice

Paul said, “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” (Romans 12:1-2). The reason many people do not have a ministry or know the will of God, the power of God, or the anointing of God, is because they are not willing to be a living sacrifice. An altar is a place upon which something dies. Do you know what that means? That means that when you die, you... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Praying In Emotions Or In The Name Of Jesus?

Have you ever wakened in the morning and just not felt like praying? Perhaps you didn’t sleep well and just can’t get your motor running. Your mind is fuzzy and you say to yourself, “If I were to pray today, it would be a charade. I just don’t feel like praying.” Or maybe you wake up with an upset stomach and don’t feel well. Then you go to the medicine cabinet. After a while you start feeling better and say, “Well, I believe it’s time for... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, May 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Desiring The Glory Of God

God is in the business of giving glory to Himself. The reason many of us don't get our prayers answered is because we’re not interested in the glory of God; we’re only interested in getting our needs met. We turn God into Santa Claus or a bell hop. But God is interested in giving glory to himself. God said, “I am the LORD: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8). This is the reason James says,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, April 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Worship - Finding The Will Of God

Do you know why we don't know what's going on in heaven? Because we spend very little time there in worship. We rush into the presence of God and say, “Now listen Lord, your servant is speaking.” When we should be saying, “Lord, here I am. Your servant hears.” The secret of knowing the will of God is worship. Paul says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Prayer - Finding The Will Of God

One of the biggest problems most of us have in our prayer life is finding the will of God. Is that not true? And yet we have this promise: “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (1 John 5:14-15). It is the Holy Spirit of God in us that gives us direction so we will know how to pray. Sure, the Bible... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

The Power Of Creation

Where did everything come from? “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). To be an atheist is not a sign of intelligence. If you think that nothing x nobody = everything , I think you have unfurnished rooms to rent... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Faith Comes By Hearing

Every one of us has faith in the natural realm. We believe chairs will hold us up, planes will take us where we need to go, and the food we’re served is safe to eat. But that’s not the kind of faith to which Paul refers when he says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). This is Biblical faith, and it occurs in the supernatural realm. You cannot generate that kind of faith. You cannot clench your fist, grit your teeth, and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, April 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Faith In Jesus...Not Faith In Faith

The devil wants to make you doubt your salvation. One of these days, he’s going to say, “You say you trust Jesus. Well, just how strong is your faith? Maybe your faith is not strong enough to save you. Maybe you don’t have enough faith.” And the first thing you know, you will start examining your faith. You will gaze inside yourself, pull out your faith, and start some heavy-duty self-examination. Maybe you will begin to doubt your faith and wonder if you really... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, April 21, 2017 | 0 comments

The Object Of Our Faith

Some people say faith moves mountains. That is not true. God moves mountains. Faith is no better than its object. Faith in faith is nothing but positive thinking. If you put faith in positive thinking , you are going to become discouraged. There are some who teach that if you will simply believe God for something, He will give you that thing. That is simply not true. If you try to apply that teaching to your life, after awhile when those things don’t fall into your lap,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Living By Faith

Everything we have pertaining to our salvation and sanctification are gifts from God by faith. Do you want to be saved? Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you want to be sanctified? Acts 15:8-9 says, “And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. ” (emphasis... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Faith...A Gift From God

Faith is a gift from God, but does that mean if God gives faith that we are going to automatically believe? No. Just like faith is a gift from God, breathing is a gift. God gives me lungs and air, but I can smother if I want to. God gives you His Word and God gives you His Spirit. “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). “But to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Making Good Time On The Wrong Road

One day I had a meeting in South Florida. When I arrived, I rented a car and I was surprised to find that they gave me a really nice one. I turned on the radio and found the most gorgeous music. I began driving down the road and discovered very little traffic. The sun was shining, the road was good, the car was beautiful, and the music was glorious. I was so happy. After I had driven about two hours, I began thinking that I should have arrived at my destination. All of a sudden it dawned on... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, April 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Saved or Lost?

Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). To be saved is man’s greatest need. When I say that, I know that truth falls flat, because “saved” is an old-fashioned word. In some circles it is out of date to be “saved.” (If you’re a Christian, you have probably heard that before.) But one of these days, to be saved is going to make a colossal difference. When the Titanic set sail, there were... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, April 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Transformation...Not Substitution

God is building His saints with spiritual steel so that we will have rock-solid faith in the storms of life. You see, God is going to put you in the fire of affliction to test you. Why go to all this trouble? Why not just make us “instant saints”? Because God wants to build character into our lives. To remove difficulty or pain from our lives is to skip the process it takes to build character. God is in the transformation business. God did not take away evil. God... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 0 comments

God's Fire Of Affliction

God is going to put every child of His into the fire of affliction. Why? To test us. You see, the faith that can’t be tested is a faith that can’t be trusted. I hate to tell you this, but the times when I have grown the most (and the times you will grow the most) have not been when everything has been fine. It’s been when trouble strikes and I have fallen on my face before the Lord and called upon His strength. Think back on your own life. Most likely, the times you have... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Conversion Brings Conflict

There was a man who went duck hunting with the farmhand who worked on his farm. The farmer wasn’t a believer, but the farmhand was. The farmer said to the farmhand, “You’re always talking about fighting with the devil. I never have to fight with the devil, and I’m not even a Christian.” The farmhand responded, “Boss, if you and I shot two ducks and one was wounded and one was dead, which one would you go after first?” The farmer said, “Well, I... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 0 comments

A False Jesus

If someone comes to you and says he believes in Jesus, you can’t accept simply on face value that he believes in the Jesus talked about in the Scriptures. Once you listen to him talk, you’ll be able to discover Who he believes in. Paul was concerned that the Corinthians might be easily deceived. He said (2 Corinthians 11:4) that if someone were to come along who “preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, April 10, 2017 | 0 comments

The Life Of Jesus

There has never been a man like the Lord Jesus. How holy, how pure, how sinless is the Lord Jesus Christ. John Phillips wrote some words about Jesus that deeply stirred me. He said, “His life was perfectly holy. He never looked with lust. He never uttered a hasty, unkind, untrue or frivolous word. He never entertained an impure thought. He was never accused by conscience. Never inflamed by wrongful passion. Never out of step with the will of God. His time was never wasted. His... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, April 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Restoring A Brother

Galatians 6:1 says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” A brother can be restored. That is good news! God is the God of the second chance. Do you know somebody who has been overtaken with a fault? The Bible says you are to restore him. “Restore” is a technical word which means to set a bone that has been broken or to mend a net that has... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 0 comments

The Days Of Noah, Part 2

The Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noah were , so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” As it was then and is evident now, there are scores of philosophers, false teachers, and politicians who are devising schemes and carrying out plans to remold society into their system of beliefs and values. A person was talking about a politician and they asked someone close to him, “When it comes to a press conference, how can you tell whether he is... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 0 comments

The Days Of Noah, Part 1

The Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noah were , so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” As it was in the days of Noah, so it is going to be just before Jesus returns. And I want to say to you that the days of Noah have returned to us right now. What are some characteristics of these days? First, they were days of apostasy. People were believing ungodly philosophies. Second, they were days of anarchy. Violence filled the earth. Third, they were... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 0 comments

Noah...Saved By Grace

Genesis 6:8 says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” How was Noah saved? By grace. The only way that anybody has ever been saved in the history of the world is by grace. God only has one plan of salvation from beginning to end, and that is grace. What is grace? It means that God saves us apart from any effort on our part. You are not saved by keeping the Ten Commandments. You are not saved by giving money. You are not saved by being a good person. You are not... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, April 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Jesus...The Ark Of Safety, Part 2

Do you think that Noah was safe in the ark? Absolutely. Now, Noah may have fallen down several times inside that ark, but he couldn’t fall out of it. Noah was as safe as that ark was safe, because Noah was in the ark. It had atonement on the outside; it had atonement on the inside and God sealed them inside. Imagine with me, though, for a minute, if God had told Noah: I am sending a great flood to cover all the earth. Here’s how I want you to get prepared. I want you to build... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, March 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Jesus...The Ark Of Safety, Part 1

God wants us to be saved so much that He gives illustrations all through the Bible about it. I believe one of the grandest pictures of salvation is from the story of Noah’s ark. Noah’s ark is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ in this way: The ark is like a great coffin. It doesn’t have a bow; it doesn’t have a stern; it doesn’t have a helm, because it is under the control of Almighty God. The ark keeps the judgment waters out. God shut Noah, his family, and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 0 comments

God Rebukes His Children

Can a child of God sin? Yes. Can a child of God sin and not suffer? Absolutely not. If you are living in sin and God does not rebuke and convict you, I wouldn’t give half a hallelujah for your hope of heaven. If you’re a child of God and in sin, God will rebuke you. God will convict you. Sometimes people have the idea that God just tosses our sin away. Well, those people have it 180 degrees wrong. God doesn’t toss sin away if you are a child of His. When you sin, God... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Failing At The Point Of Strength

If you study the great men of God in the Bible, you will discover that they failed at their point of strength, not weakness. What was Simon Peter’s greatest strength? His courage. He said, “Lord, I am ready to go with Thee, both into prison, and to death” (Luke 22:33). And yet what did he do in the Garden of Gethsemane? He pulled out a sword and went after that guard. What else did he do? He denied the Lord three times (see Matthew 26). Peter was not someone you would even... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Eternal Security Of The Believer

No one has ever been physically born twice.  Have you ever known anybody that was born twice physically?  And nobody has ever been born twice spiritually. That’s the reason we believe in the eternal security of the believer. Nowhere in the entire Bible will you find a place that describes anyone being saved twice.  You can’t find it!  That would be similar to going out to almost six billion people on the face of the Earth and trying to find one who’s... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, March 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Being Born Again

Nicodemus, an influential Pharisee and a ruler of the Sanhedrin, asked Jesus this question, "How can a man be born when he is old?"  Jesus responded in John 3:7 by saying, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."  Jesus didn't say, "It perhaps might be nice in some unfortunate situation that, peradventure, you might just have a new birth."  No. He said, "You must be born again."  It is an absolute prime... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, March 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Growing In Times Of Despair, Part 2

God is not nearly as interested in making you happy and healthy as He is in making you holy. Knowing that, you will then understand that sometimes God will bring trouble into your life. Psalm 4:1 says, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress ; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer” (emphasis mine). I have grown the most in my own life in times of deepest despair. When Joyce and I had a little baby boy step over into heaven,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Growing In Times Of Despair, Part 1

What is God’s plan for you? God wants to enlarge you, not indulge you. God is not nearly as interested in making you happy and healthy as He is in making you holy. Knowing that, you will then understand that sometimes God will bring trouble into your life. Psalm 4:1 says, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress ; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer” (emphasis mine). When have you grown spiritually? For most of us,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Yes, Have Children

If I did not know what I know from God’s Word, I would be a pessimist. And I believe you would too. I would also be afraid to bring children into this world if I did not know God. But because I know God, I want to encourage you to have children. Don’t ever let the devil intimidate you as a child of God from bringing children into this world. Sometimes people say, “Dr. Rogers, the world’s situation is so dangerous today, do you think we ought to have children?”... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Training A Child's Heart

A little boy was riding around and around the block on his tricycle. Somebody said, “Son what are you doing?” He said, “I am running away from home.” The man said, “But you’re just going around and around the block.” The little boy said, “Yes, Momma won’t let me cross the street!” I like that. Even when rebellion happens in the earliest ages, there is the restraint of parental training that is put in the heart of children. Today, we... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, March 20, 2017 | 0 comments

The Grace Of God In The Home

Should a wife be submissive to her husband? Yes, but that doesn’t mean subjugation. What if your husband tells you to do something wrong, should you do it? No! There is a higher authority than your husband. As a matter of fact, there are men who have used the principle of submission as a weapon to club their wife rather than as a hammer to build their home. Did you know that Jesus is the head of the church, but He has never forced me to do anything? He leads by love. I believe that... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, March 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Accepting God's Acceptance

I have noticed that there are some people who just can’t get an assurance of their salvation. It is not a spiritual problem. It is a psychological problem. They cannot accept the fact that God has accepted them. God is not up in heaven making a list on how many quiet times you’ve had, how much of the Bible you've read. God is not the God of push and shove. He is not the God of more and more, faster and faster, harder and harder. He is a God of grace. Charlotte Elliott... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Doing Your Best

Do you try to be the best or to do your best? The perfectionist has to be the best. He has to be #1. He can’t accept himself. But I want you to listen to a key verse that deals with perfectionism. Romans 12:3-5 says, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Perfection In The Church

Do you think a perfect church would be a church filled with perfect people? It wouldn’t be. There is no such thing as a perfect church, because by its very definition, the church is the body of believers. And believers are in all stages of growth. If you are a perfectionist, then you are going to be miserable and you are going to make everybody else miserable. Why? Because nothing will ever be good enough. The fellowship will never be sweet enough. The teacher will never be prepared... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 0 comments