Daily Treasures

Keeping The Commandments, part 2

First John 2:3 says, “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” Now you say, Pastor Rogers, are you telling me that if I ever break any of God’s commandments that means I am not saved? No, I am not saying that because there is not one of us that has not failed and sinned some time after we have been saved. Isn’t that true? The key is in this word, “keep.” Among other ways this word is used, it’s the word that a sailor... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Keeping The Commandments, part 1

First John 2:3 says, “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” Now you say, Pastor Rogers, are you telling me that if I ever break any of God’s commandments that means I am not saved? No, I am not saying that because there is not one of us that has not failed and sinned some time after we have been saved. Isn’t that true? The key is in this word, “keep.” Among other ways this word is used, it’s the word that a sailor... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Freedom To Decide

Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you have been predestined to go to hell. You have the freedom to decide otherwise. We are not machines. We are human beings. You are free to do as you wish, but it takes the grace of God for you to do as you ought. You say, “Well I can do whatever I want.” That is true, but you see the problem is with your “wanter.” You always want what is wrong until you have the grace of God in your heart. The only reason that you can... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, November 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Why Prayer?

Why does God want us to pray? Matthew 6:8b says, “Your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him.” So why ask God to do what He already wants to do? Why ask God to do something for us when He already knows our needs? Those are good questions. Why has our Lord commanded prayer? When we pray, we don’t pray to inform God. God already knows. We don’t pray to instruct God, because God has a will. What we do is invite God when we pray. Now what... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, November 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Unasked Prayer

Do you know the greatest problem in prayer is not unanswered prayer? It is unasked prayer. Most of us don’t even get to the asking part. James 4:2c says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” Unoffered prayer is not merely a tragedy, it is a sin. Samuel said, “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way” (1 Samuel 12:23). Over and over again, the Bible not only... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 0 comments

No Substitute For Prayer

Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). If you need one thing in this life, you can perhaps substitute something else, but there is no substitute for prayer—not eloquence, intellect, energy, enthusiasm, nor intention. There is no substitute for prayer. I believe the greatest... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Growth Through Prayer

There is nothing more important than prayer to help you grow as a Christian. You see, when you abide in the Lord Jesus Christ and He abides in you, then you are growing as you pray. Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t answer your prayer immediately? Because He wants you to grow some more. Sometimes we come to God and we say, “God please do this.” But there is something God wants us to do first. Prayer is the way of developing our spiritual walk. We pray, then go back... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Real Wealth

Many people think they are wealthy when they’re not. It’s a strange thing. There was a program on television called “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Have you seen it? A better name might be “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Foolish.” Now, why do you think I’d make such a statement? Because I believe that money doesn’t make a man rich. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, November 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Jesus: The Only Hope

Are Christians fools for believing in Jesus? Are we mere sentimentalists, or do we have reasonable reasons for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ? My dear friend, false religion will never satisfy the hungry heart. If you go to the tomb of Confucius, you’ll find it is occupied. If you go to the tomb of Buddha, you’ll find it is occupied. If you go to the tomb of Jesus, you’ll find it empty. He is a risen Savior. Hallelujah! Now that’s very important because, you... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, November 10, 2017 | 0 comments

The Faithfulness Of God

Have you ever thought about God’s faithfulness? Just think about how faithful God is in so many areas! For example, look at God’s forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Suppose you have done something and you don’t know whether He would forgive you or not? Wouldn’t that be incredibly sad? What a joy to know that every time, any time, all the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Faithful To The Faith

We need to be faithful to the faith found in the Word of God. Many people are taking the Bible and shredding it, mimicking it, and dissecting it. And these people call themselves theologians! The word “theos” means God and the word “logos” means word. So a theologian is someone who is supposed to know the Word of God. I don’t know why they call them “theologians.” Because they don’t believe the logos, they must not know the Theos. They are like... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Faithful To The Fellowship

Do you know what is happening in America today? People are claiming to be Christians but they do not belong to and are not faithful to a local fellowship. Such a thing was unheard of in the Bible! To be a Christian meant that you were faithful to the fellowship, and you attended when everyone gathered together. If you stopped attending, the church assumed that you were an apostate and lost. Let me ask you…what do you do that is more important than being a part of the blood-bought... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Faithful With Our Finances

“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). What would you do if you had a million dollars? You might say you would give some to help others. Would you? Let me tell you a good test of what you would do if you had a million dollars. It is what you are doing with that one hundred dollars you have right now. That’s the best test. If you are not faithful in the least of what... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, November 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Tithing: God's Way To Grow Christians

God is not out to impoverish you; He wants to enrich you. He doesn't want to take from you; He wants to give to you. But He has to do it His way. Psalm 50:12 says, “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is Mine and the fullness thereof.” God doesn't need us to give Him our money. He owns everything. Tithing is God’s way to grow Christians. I heard about a corn farmer who had two boys. While most little boys were off fishing, hunting, and running... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, November 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Wealth And Financial Bondage

It is not wrong to have possessions. As a matter of fact, God wants you to have possessions. He gives you possessions to make you a steward over them. The problem comes as those possessions multiply on credit. Somebody has described a modern American as a person who drives a bank-financed car, over a bond-financed highway, on gasoline he’s just bought with a credit card, on his way to open a charge account at a department store, so he can fill his Savings and Loan-financed home with... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, November 2, 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, November 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Refusing Your Pardon

One of the strangest stories ever told is a true story that happened in 1829. George Wilson was sentenced to be hanged in the state of Pennsylvania for murder. President Andrew Jackson pardoned Wilson (for what reason, I do not know). They took that pardon to Wilson and said, “The President of the United States has pardoned you. You will not hang.” Wilson said: “I refuse the pardon.” As a result, Wilson was hung by the neck until dead, even though a pardon had been... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Inner Strength

In past years, I had a friend named Paul Anderson. Paul was the strongest man in the world—literally! On one occasion, he lifted 6,270 pounds off the ground with his back. He was the strongest man on earth, but he died at 61 years of age. Isaiah 40:30 says, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.” This verse is talking about you and me. All human strength will utterly, ultimately fail, but the Bible says “though our outward man... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, October 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Losing Your Soul For Nothing

Suppose someone approached you and said, “I have the ability to give you all the wealth, power and pleasure this world has to offer, but there is a price. I want you to give me your little finger. Just get it surgically removed and all this is yours!” Would you do it? Now let’s suppose that he did not ask for your little finger; suppose he wanted your ability to hear instead. You will never hear another sound, but you can have everything else. Would you give up your hearing... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, October 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Faith...Taking God At His Word

What is faith? Faith is not a hunch. Faith is not positive thinking. Faith does not believe everything will work out. Faith is not responding in emotion or feeling to miracles and signs. Faith does not simply believe that God can. Faith knows that God will. Real faith is death to doubt. Faith is taking God at His word. It is dumb to discouragement. It is blind to impossibilities. It knows that God will. Now this is the kind of faith we need. Romans 5:1-2 says, "Therefore being... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 0 comments

The Principle Of Obedience

The greatest principle is that of obedience to God, and it always takes priority over the lesser principle of obedience to men. You can find examples of this throughout the Bible. If they told me not to preach anymore, I’m just going to keep on preaching! They may take off my head, but I’m going to keep on preaching because God has told me to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And if that’s disobedience, so be it! The Pharaoh in Moses’ day said that all the little... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 0 comments

The Reason For Suffering

Over and over again people ask, “If there is a God, why is there so much suffering?” They begin to think, Well, maybe He has the power to remove suffering, but He really doesn’t care. Or they think, Maybe He really does care and want to remove the suffering, but He doesn’t have the power. Or, maybe there’s no God at all. Why all this suffering? It’s our pain and sorrow that keeps us from being so independent. You see, the Bible speaks of the... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Dropping A Bomb On Satan

In 1945 there was a conference in Potsdam. The leaders of the West were there, and they wrote out an ultimatum and sent it to Japan. They said, “You must surrender totally and unconditionally. And if you do not surrender, we will destroy your cities. We will not spare you if you do not surrender.” The Japanese responded, “We will not surrender. We’ll fight on.” Then the Americans dropped the bomb, and Japan surrendered totally and unconditionally. At Calvary,... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Monday, October 23, 2017 | 0 comments

The Only Worthwhile Goal

You know the problem with many of us? Our faith is something tacked onto our lives. To the apostle Paul, it was his life. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Do you believe that? I’m going to say something that you may disagree with, but I believe it with all of my heart: You are to have but one goal in your... Read More
Posted by dave hare at Friday, October 20, 2017 | 0 comments

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

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