Daily Treasures

Being Content

I heard of a commencement speaker who told a graduating class to make all the money they could, just as long as they made it honestly. That's some pretty bad advice! If you're trying to make all the money you can, then you're going to be making money when you ought to be doing something else. You're going to be making money when you ought to be praying or going to church. You're going to be making money when you should be spending time with your family or even getting a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Laughter - A Merry Heart

In Luke 6:21 Jesus is looking at people who are downtrodden and sorrowful. He says, "Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh." Jesus said, "Ye shall laugh." Yes, there's a time to weep, but my dear friend, you had better put some laughter in your home, especially when times get tough. A merry heart is the ability to capture and enjoy those wonderful times of life and let them turn to laughter. A merry... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Remembering What You've Learned

These are dangerous days in which we live. I believe we are in the shadows of the end of an age. And I believe Jesus Christ is coming soon. Of course, I could be wrong. I have no right to set a date, yet I cannot deny the feeling of my heart. In the last days Satan is going to come. You’re going to see more miracles than you have ever seen in these last days. Most of them will not be done by God, but will be done by the power of darkness and the power of Satan. And the Bible says you can... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Getting Rid Of The Darkness

If you wanted to get rid of darkness in a room, how would you do it? Would you curse the darkness? Would you take a broomstick and try to beat the darkness out of the room? Would you take a shovel and shovel it out? Would you take a vacuum cleaner and suck it out? How are you going to get the darkness out of a room? There’s no way except one: turn on the light. Just turn on the light; the darkness cannot stand the light. When Jesus comes, that darkness is going to go. It has to go! And... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, October 16, 2017 | 0 comments

God Blesses Through The Tithe

Sometimes when I talk about tithing, people will say, “Well, you don’t expect that little widow to tithe her pension, do you?" I say, “Sure!" And they reply, “You hardhearted man!" I’d be hardhearted if I didn’t teach her to tithe; I want her to be blessed! If there’s anybody who needs to depend on God, it’s that kind of person. You’re not smarter than God. Don’t you know that God knows what that little lady needs? ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, October 13, 2017 | 0 comments

The Refiner

Do you know what God’s goal is for you? To purify you. He wants to burn out the dross and the impurities in your life and present you as pure gold. Do you know what God is interested in? Not making you happy. God’s goal for you is to make you holy, to purge and purify you. That’s what God is doing in your life if you are saved. The moment you got saved, God began His work to make you pure and holy. God is not as interested in your automobile as you are. If He has to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 0 comments

Learning To Smile At Death

Death is a decided fact. But it’s a fact many people don’t want to face. We sometimes try to change the subject, but the Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 “… it is appointed unto men once to die.” The only exception to death is if Jesus comes first. We do not know when we will die. David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley …,” but he didn’t know from one moment to the next what was going to happen. You see, God doesn’t have... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Tickled To Death To Die

A little lady had walked with God for many, many years, and she was a saint by every measure of the word. At last her body grew frail and her life was ebbing away. Her loved ones gathered around her, wringing their hands and crying. She looked up at them and said, “Now, go ahead and cry if you must. But,” she said, “don't cry for me. I am tickled to death to die.” Now, death is not a popular subject. As a matter of fact, when you mention death, most people will... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 0 comments

The Shepherd's Name

What kind of name does our Shepherd have? Jesus said His name is holy: "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name” (Matthew 6:9). His name is holy. Psalm 83:18 says, "That men may know that Thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth." Jehovah was the most sacred, most solemn name for God in all of the Old Testament. There is in my heart a burning desire to give glory to that name. Did you know that God’s name and honor are... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, October 9, 2017 | 0 comments

The Church - A Restraint To Evil

Did you know that the Holy Spirit, inhabiting His people as the church, has Satan on a leash? There are certain things Satan would like to do, but he cannot do. Study the first chapter of Job where Satan speaks to God and mentions a hedge around Job (see Job 1:10). One of these days, Satan is going to be released and the restraint will be gone. When will that be? When the church is raptured! You see, the world doesn't like us. They wish we were gone. We are a pain to them. The Bible... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, October 6, 2017 | 0 comments

In God's Own Time

“Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.’” (Acts 1:6-7) The Bible says it is not for us to know the day or the hour of God's plans for the future. But God's Word goes on to say, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Financial Bondage

Do know if you're in financial bondage? To find out, take this test. 1. Have you ever found yourself having to charge the things you need daily, like gasoline, food, groceries? 2. Do you put off until next month paying a bill that is due now? 3. Do you ever borrow money to pay fixed expenses like taxes and insurance? 4. Are you aware of how much money you owe? 5. Do you have creditors calling you and hounding you for overdue bills? 6. Do you make new loans to pay off old... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 0 comments

Don't Be Surprised By Gospel Rejection

Sometimes we see the world with its wickedness and the Church with its weakness, we see people refusing the Gospel, and we think, “Well, maybe the Gospel isn’t true.” Or, “Maybe our expectations will not be fulfilled.” But then we read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, and we say, “Ah! Everything is exactly, precisely on track.” You see, every seed that is scattered does not take root. When things look bad, just say, “That is... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Why Faith Is Important

Now why is faith so important? Because you can’t please God without faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." If you please God, it doesn’t matter whom you displease. And if you displease God, it really... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, October 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Changed By The Word

It is an amazing thing, but I’ve seen it happen now for over five decades as I’ve been preaching the Word of God. People’s lives are radically, dramatically, eternally changed by the Word of God. Isn’t that wonderful? I’ve found that when you don’t apologize for the Bible but preach the Bible, it goes through the devil’s lies like a white-hot cannonball through a crate of eggs. There is power in the Word of God. Satan does not want you to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Accepting Christ As Lord

We hear so much today about receiving Christ as Savior. Did you know that this is not New Testament teaching? The Bible does not talk about receiving Christ as your Savior. He is your Savior, but He is also Lord. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (my emphasis). What’s the difference between being “Lord” and “Savior”? When Joyce and I married, suppose the preacher had said,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 0 comments

The Greatest Truth

When I first got saved, I learned about Jesus in the Bible, and that was wonderful to me. And then as I began to live the Christian life, I would see what Jesus would do in the lives of other people, and I saw Jesus in history and Jesus in action, and that was wonderful to me. And then as I studied more and more, I began to learn about Jesus in heaven, ruling and reigning from His throne, and that was wonderful. Jesus is in the Bible, Jesus is in history, Jesus is in Heaven. But I’ll... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Lay Down Your Sword

I was reading about Lord Nelson, the commander of the British Navy. The British had defeated the French in a battle, and the French admiral came on board Lord Nelson’s ship to surrender. He walked up in all of his regalia with a sword swinging by his side. When he put out his hand to the British commander, Lord Nelson impassively said, “Your sword first, sir.” Before we embrace the Lord Jesus, we have to lay our sword down. We have to abdicate the throne. The... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 0 comments

The Mastery Of The Shepherd

Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b). Do you want a life filled with all the goodness God wants to give you? Then seek after the Shepherd. Do you know what’s wrong with so many of us? We’re always trying to get out of trouble rather than trying to get into righteousness. It’s all negative. I am grateful that when we are down, God gets us up. Wouldn’t you like to get up and stay up?... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 25, 2017 | 0 comments

The Shepherd's Voice

Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). In order to follow the Shepherd, three things are necessary. First, you have to be obsessed with the Shepherd. You have to love the Shepherd. Second, you have to observe the Shepherd. Sheep don’t have good eye sight. You have to stay close to the Shepherd. Third, you have to obey the Shepherd. You can’t obey anybody whose voice you do not hear. How are you going to hear your... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 22, 2017 | 0 comments

The Source Of Stress

God wants His sheep to learn how to get quiet, to lie down in green pastures, and to drink from still waters. Do you know the reason why we are stressed? Because we think our needs are not going to be met. Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 0 comments

The Good Shepherd

Three times in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus is described as a Shepherd. First, He is described as the Good Shepherd. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).   Any shepherd may lose His life for the sheep, but that is not what Jesus said. He said the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.   Did you know that there has only been one person who ever chose to die? Only one. You say, “But... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Pride Produces Ruin

“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). Do you know why many are in financial ruin? Because of pride. They bought things they didn’t need with money they didn’t have to impress people they didn’t like. We get ourselves in trouble because our neighbors keep buying things we cannot afford. We are trying to keep up. The bottom line is that we want more than somebody else. Pride also produces emotional ruin. It makes... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 0 comments

Why Friendship?

Proverbs 27:17 says, "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." A real friend has a sanctifying influence on your life. He will make you a better person. Ask yourself this question, "Am I a better person because of this friend?" I‘m not with my friends two or three minutes before they’ve given me a new thought, blessing, or idea. Whether we are at my home, in an automobile, having dinner at a restaurant, or attending a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Profit In All Labor

You may not feel like you have an exciting job. But I want to tell you that you are where God has placed you, and you are there for a specific purpose. Proverbs 14:23a says, "In all labor there is profit." Some people think that work is the punishment for sin. Let's set the record straight. God gave Adam work to do before he ever sinned. Genesis 2:15 says, "And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Why a garden?... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Every Child Is An Individual

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." The Hebrew word “way” is a word that is used in the Bible to mean “the bending of a bow." Have you ever seen a bow? It has a natural bend in it. Let me give you a loose translation. Train up a child in the way that he is bent. You see, all children come into the world with a natural bent. All children are not the same. If you are a parent, God... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Finding Christ At An Early Age

I am tired of hearing people play down childhood conversions. It is almost like they are saying it is wrong to lead a child to Christ. It is wrong not to lead a child to Jesus Christ! This idea that a child has to have a Ph.D. in sin before he can get saved is ridiculous. And yet, it goes without saying that every person, whether child or adult, must have the understanding of their conviction of sin before they can be saved. And one way we can help children understand their need of a... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Finding God's Way Through God's Word

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6). No if's, and's, or but's about it…if you trust Him, He shall direct your path. But how will I know what He wants me to do? God will speak to you through His Word as you seek Him with all your heart. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 0 comments

The Difference Between Wisdom And Knowledge

There’s nothing wrong with knowledge. We all need knowledge. But knowledge is learned; wisdom is given. Knowledge comes by looking around; wisdom comes by looking up. Knowledge comes from study; wisdom comes from meditation. Wisdom is the way to apply your knowledge. You see, a man can have knowledge, but he needs understanding—he needs wisdom. Did you know you could get knowledge apart from the Holy Spirit? But you cannot get true wisdom apart from Him. Colossians 2:3 says,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Point The Devil To The Word Of God

A young man went to a Bible crusade, and the preacher was preaching from John 5:24 which says, “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that heareth My word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” The boy heard it, believed it, received it, and was saved. The boy went home and sat on the couch, and it seemed that the devil was under the couch just whispering to him, “You’re not... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 8, 2017 | 0 comments

God May Hurt, But Never Harm You

God will hurt you, but God will not harm you. Do you like that idea? Maybe not. You say, “I don’t like the idea of God hurting me.” God loves you too much to leave you self-sufficient. God will protect you, but He will not pamper you. God will hurt you, but He will not harm you. One time, I had a doctor who took a knife and cut me. Can you imagine that? He hurt me, but he didn’t harm me. He helped me because I had a rock collection down there called gallstones. ... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 0 comments

God's Protective Angels

God will protect you, but He will not pamper you. Now Genesis 32:1 says, “Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them he said, ‘This is God’s host.’” God’s host means God’s army. He just realizes that for twenty years out in the wilderness and various other places, he has had an angel escort. The angels of God had been encamping round about him to protect him. Remember, he is not totally right with God, but the angels are... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 0 comments

God Uses Broken Things

Did you know that God likes broken things? Men throw away broken things, but God never ever uses anything until He first breaks it. David said in the Psalms, “A broken and contrite spirit, Thou wilt not despise, O God.” Most of us are not being used of God because we have never been broken. Like broken bread and poured out wine, if God breaks you one of these days God can use you. God took a little lad’s lunch and broke it and fed the multitudes. The prophet Jeremiah... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | 0 comments

What Is Your Name?

God will break you, but He desires to bless you. The angel said to Jacob, “What is thy name?” And he replied, “Jacob.” Now, the word “Jacob” itself means “supplanter,” conniver -- in modern English, con-artist. Do you think God didn’t know what Jacob’s name was when He asked? No, God wanted him to admit it. What is your name? Con-artist. Conniver. Schemer. God says, “Well, Jacob, I’m glad to hear you admit it.”... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, September 4, 2017 | 0 comments

God Gave Children A Will

We cannot always choose for our children because God has given your children a will. You say, “Well, Pastor, what about the proverb that says ‘Train up a child in the way that he shall go, and when he is old he will not depart from it’”? Friend, that scripture is a proverb, not a promise. If you take the proverbs and try to turn them into promises, you will loose your faith. Just read the book of Proverbs and see some of the promises like, “The man who tills... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, September 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Trying, Not Trusting For Blessing

Now if ever there was a guy that was shady, it was old Jacob. Esau despised his birthright and Jacob wanted it. Jacob wanted the right thing…he had a heart for God…but he couldn’t trust God for it. The blessing was already his, but by trying rather than trusting, he begins to get into all these deals where he trades stew for the birthright that was already his. He tries to deceive his father to get the blessing that was already his! He is like so many Christians today... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Witnessing Through Laughter

When God’s people got right with Him, notice what happened: Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, “The Lord hath done great things for them.” The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad (Psalm 126:2-3). Laughter is a gift from God. I would like your home to be such a happy place that your neighbors who don’t know the Lord will look at you and see the laughter and the joy in your home... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | 0 comments

The Difference Between Happiness And Joy

Sin promises joy, but it never delivers. Why? Because true joy is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ. You can be a lost person and be happy for a while. But what I’m talking about here is not happiness, because happiness depends upon what happens. Joy depends upon the Lord. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” If you live for happiness, you are a prisoner of circumstances, because if the circumstances change, then you are not happy... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Fixing Your Heart

Did you know that God tells us to “flee fornication” at least 27 times in the Bible?   When I was in college, I kept a motto on my desk that said: “He who would not fall down ought not to walk in slippery places. Keep yourself clean.  Keep yourself pure. Watch what you set before your eyes.”   There needs to be sexual self-discipline in the marital relationship. Generally speaking, if you’re disciplined in other areas of life—like your... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 28, 2017 | 0 comments

The Most Harmful Sin

When a man or woman commits adultery, what kind of a sin do they commit? First of all, they sin against themselves. First Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.”   That means there is something absolutely unique about the sin of immorality. There is no sin more harmful spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally than the sin of adultery.   Monogamous... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 25, 2017 | 0 comments

The Reason For The Cross

Suppose someone were to come up to you and punch you in the nose. And suppose in an act of compassion you were to say to that person, “I forgive you.” And suppose they responded, “There’s no need for you to forgive me. I’ve already forgiven myself.” Friend, listen to me. Only the punchee can forgive the puncher. Sin is a clenched fist in the face of God, and only God can forgive sin.   What was the reason for the cross? I can give it to you in one... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Your Job As A Parent

The Bible says, “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings” (Deuteronomy 32:11). What is an eagle doing when she does this? She is teaching her little eaglets to fly by stirring up her nest. If you are a parent, your job is to give your children wings so they can leave the nest.   When you’re raising your boys and girls, you need to be preparing them to leave your home. Don’t be... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 0 comments

God's Laws For Our Welfare

Have you ever gotten the idea that if you live according to God’s laws, you’re going to miss out? The truth is if you don’t live according to God’s law, you’re going to miss out!   I hear young people talking today about “going all the way.” Well, that’s the one thing they don’t do! They don’t go all the way. They don’t make that last commitment and experience the fulfillment and joy of a monogamous marriage. Oh, there is... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Moral Impurity - A Sin Against Society

Did you know that God built the home before He instituted government and before He built the church? His plan was, and still is, one man for one woman until death do them part. But the devil has aimed the artillery of hell against the moral fiber of the family because he knows that if he can hurt us at home, he can hurt us all over.   You see, Satan wants to remove God out of the equation of family unity. His plan has always been to deny God. Once he has denied God, he then wants to... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Inspect The Fruit

We live in a generation that talks a lot about the gifts of the Spirit, like prophecy, tongues, miracles, helps, and giving. Many are saying, “This is my gift, what is your gift?” “How can I know my gift? How can I use my gift?”   It’s great that people are talking about the gifts. God has given you a gift, and you need to discover and develop your gift, then put your gift into practice. But we must remember that no spiritual gift is a sign or a mark of... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Make A Leap Of Faith

There comes a time when you have to make a leap of faith.  Faith goes beyond logic.  When Jesus was with those tired, hungry people following Him, He called to Phillip, “How are we going to feed these people? There are five thousand there.”    Phillip got out his pocket calculator and said, “Well, it would take a laboring man a year’s wages to feed these.” Technically, he was right, but any good red-blooded atheist could have done the same... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Lay Aside Every Weight

Many of us are carrying extra weight. The Bible says we are to “lay aside every weight.”  When I was a young man, I used to be on the track team, and when I would run, I would get the lightest shoes, a pair of very light shorts and a sleeveless nylon shirt.  Now, one thing I never did was run with an overcoat on! Nothing wrong with overcoats—they’re nice to wear in cold weather—but if you’re in a race, you lay aside every weight.    If... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Faith Is the Heart’s Response to God’s Character

What is faith?  Faith is the heart’s response to the character of God.  When Jesus Christ came to this earth, He left behind all the splendor, all the glory, all that is in heaven.  What do you think Jesus looked like?  Like the paintings that depict Him in white flowing robes, like He just stepped out of a beauty salon, moving around with a dinner plate behind His head? No. If that’s the way He looked, then why did Judas have to point Him out so the soldiers... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 0 comments

God Must Be Accepted Through Faith

In the Bible, God is not explained.  God is simply presented and must be accepted by faith.  In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible says, “For without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is.”    I want to talk about wisdom.  All people are believers: there are those on the one hand who believe in God, and on the other, those who believe there is no God.  Every now and then a scientist will say something good about... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Assurance Of Everlasting Life

A little boy was in a revival meeting. The pastor preached from John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”   On the way home, the little fellow said the devil began to whisper to him saying, “You’re not saved. You don’t feel just right. You don’t deserve it.” He sat on the couch and... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 11, 2017 | 0 comments