Daily Treasures

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

Redeemed By His Blood

I read that Abraham Lincoln, who hated slavery, was in the slave market one day. He saw a beautiful young slave girl being auctioned off to lecherous men bidding on her to make her their dirty plaything. Abraham Lincoln began to bid for this girl.   One man would bid, and he’d offer a counter-bid. Finally, she was sold to Abraham Lincoln. She lifted those beautiful sad eyes to him, not knowing who he was. He took the certificate of sale and handed it to her and said,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 0 comments

This Amazing Grace

Grace is the most beautiful word in the Bible other than Jesus. Grace is what makes God love us when there is nothing lovely about us. Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."   We are not loved because we are valuable. We are valuable because we are loved. That, friend, is God’s amazing grace.   Romans 3:23-26 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, being... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | 0 comments

God Is Not Fair

If you ever get the idea that God is supposed to be fair, I have some Truth you need to know. God is not fair; God is just. God doesn’t owe us anything. He is a God of mercy, and we can never plead for mercy until we understand the justice of God.   A lady went to a photographer to have her picture made. When she saw it, she didn’t like it, so she asked the photographer to take her picture again. He said, “Well, lady, what’s wrong with it?" She said,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Admit Your Sin

There’s a story about a king who visited a slave ship. He went below to talk to those who were chained to the oars, and he asked one man, “Why are you here?"     “Sire,” he said, “I don’t know why I am here. I was in a crowd when a crime was committed. When they arrested everybody, they got me. I am innocent."   He asked another who said, “I am not really guilty, but I am a victim of false witnesses who have lied about... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, August 7, 2017 | 0 comments

God Demands Perfection

So many people have the idea that God is going to grade on the curve.  We say to ourselves, We’re bad, but we’re not as bad as somebody else.  But God doesn’t grade on a curve. As a matter of fact, James said, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10). You see, God demands absolute perfection, and none of us can provide it. That’s why we need the Gospel. That’s why we need the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, August 4, 2017 | 0 comments

God Clearly Seen In Creation

The atheist believes that nothing times nobody equals everything—that it all just happened. But the Bible says it is clearly seen. "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:20).    What does that mean, “being understood by the things that are made"? Well, if you have things that are made, you... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, August 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Not Ashamed Of The Savior

A young man was called out of a life of sin to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He had repented of his sin and was made new. Right before he entered the pulpit to preach one Sunday morning, someone slipped him a note.   The note read, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You are up there telling people to get right with God and look at your sin!” The person had known this man in his past and listed his sins in detail. Do you know what the young preacher did?   He... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Are You Ashamed Of The Gospel?

Are you ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you ashamed to put a Bible on your desk at work? Are you ashamed to bow your head in prayer in the cafeteria? Are you ashamed to invite people to Jesus Christ? Let me say it once more…are you ashamed of the One who died for you?   “Well,” you say, “Dr. Rogers, I just don’t believe in wearing my faith on my sleeve.” Let me tell you a story.   A little boy had a dog, and somebody asked him what... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Evidence Of The Resurrection

Jesus was not a divine man. He was not a human God. He was the God-man. Perfect humanity and perfect Deity.   How do we know Jesus was not just another wild-eyed fanatic? How do we know He was not just another religious teacher or some guru? I’ll tell you how we know—He walked out of that tomb!   You may say, How do we know he did that? That’s a good question. Not only was He seen after the Resurrection by many people—on one occasion, in a gathering of... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Living Up To The Light

There are two witnesses of the existence of God that all people on the face of the earth have—one is the outward witness of creation and the other is the inward witness of the conscience. There is a built-in knowledge of God. Creation and conscience only bring us to the fact of God.   Romans 1:20-21 says, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 28, 2017 | 0 comments

The Devil - Not In Hell Yet

The biggest enemy of God is the devil—the evil one. Have you ever thought about the names that are given to him in the Bible? He’s called the deceiver (Rev. 12:9), adversary (1 Peter 5:8), murderer (John 8:44), accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), tempter (Matthew 4:3), god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), prince of this world (John 12:31), destroyer, wicked one (Matthew 13:19), and power of darkness (Col. 1:13).   He is most clever when he gets people to think he doesn’t... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Praying In Public

Joyce and I had a little baby who became critically ill, and there in the corridor of that hospital I dropped to my knees to pray. I didn’t care who saw me; I wasn’t praying to be seen of men.   Jesus is not opposed to public prayer at all. What Jesus is opposed to is praying to be seen of men. He said, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 0 comments

Allowance For Divorce

People often ask me whether God allows divorce. Here’s my answer.   A physical act of sexual immorality is the only allowance that the Lord Jesus gave for divorce (see Matthew 19:3-9). He did not command divorce, nor did He commend divorce. As a matter of fact, our Lord teaches that restoration and forgiveness is far, far better even in cases of marital infidelity.   I guess the classic example of this is in the book of Hosea. Here was a man whose wife not only committed... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Praying With Your Wife

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” (emphasis mine).   The word “dwell” literally means “to make a home with” your wife. I don’t mean “home” in the strict sense of four walls and a foundation. That’s too obvious. This word... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Having Impeccable Truth

When I was in college, I pastored a little church every weekend. To get back and forth on this 300-mile round trip, I would travel in my old rattle trap automobile.   One night I realized one of my sealed beam headlights was burned out. I knew it was out, but I was hoping to get back to college before I got stopped. But this didn’t happen.   When the Highway Patrol officer stopped me, I knew why. He said, “Son, did you know one of your headlights is out?” Do... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, July 21, 2017 | 0 comments

God's Hidden Treasure

Many years ago, a flotilla of Spanish ships was sailing off the coast of Florida when a hurricane struck. Laden with millions of dollars in gold and silver coins, the ships went to the bottom.   People knew the treasure had been lost, but they didn’t know where the ships had gone down. One sank near Vero Beach in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Doubtless many fishing boats passed over the spot and perhaps fishermen broke a line or two while trying to pull up what they thought was a huge... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Nothing Greater Than Wisdom

If God were to ask you what you want Him to do for you, what would you ask Him? Well, if you were hungry, you might ask for food. If you were sick, you might ask for help. If you were an egotist, you might ask for wealth and power.   God came to Solomon and asked him that question. And how did Solomon respond? He didn’t ask for health or wealth. He did not ask for power over his enemies or honor from his country. Instead, he asked for wisdom.   There is nothing greater you... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 0 comments

The Master Of The Devil

The devil may be powerful, but God is all-powerful. The kingdom does not belong to Satan ultimately. It belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. Friend, it is not mastery over the devil that you need. It is the Master of the devil, the Lord Jesus Christ.   There are three cords that run through the Bible. One is the dark, sober cord of Satan’s revolt. The other is the crimson red cord of blood redemption through Jesus Christ. The third is the golden cord of the second coming of Jesus... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 0 comments

The Purpose Of The Devil

What is the purpose of the devil? What is his unholy ambition? To pull God from His throne. The devil is a rebel in revolt against Almighty God.   You say, “That’s foolish!” Yes, that is foolish. But the devil has been deceived and twisted by the sinful pride in his heart. The Bible says his wisdom is corrupted because of his pride (see Ezekiel 28:17), and now he is in revolt against Almighty God. His purpose is to literally overthrow God. And believe it or not, he... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, July 17, 2017 | 0 comments