Love God – Weatherproof 37

Love God – Weatherproof 37

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. Mark 12:30 NKJV Bishop Ignatius, a nineteenth century Russian monk and prolific writer, said:  “Love God...
Count the Cost – Weatherproof 36

Count the Cost – Weatherproof 36

But don’t begin until you count the cost… Luke 14:28a There is a great divide in the world between believers and followers. People who profess belief in Jesus number in the billions, around one-third of the entire world population. A percentage of those believers are...
Ask in Faith – Weatherproof 35

Ask in Faith – Weatherproof 35

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 NKJV In the long list of verses that people routinely use out of context, this one would be near the top of the charts. And the verse just...
Be a House of Prayer – Weatherproof 34

Be a House of Prayer – Weatherproof 34

And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” Matthew 21:13 NKJV My first encounter with prayer was at night, bedtime, to be exact, kneeling by the side of my bed with folded hands, being...
Be a Servant – Weatherproof 33

Be a Servant – Weatherproof 33

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 NKJV  In context, Jesus had just explained to His disciples that He was headed for Jerusalem, and what He would encounter there. He would be...
Honor Marriage, part 2 – Weatherproof 32

Honor Marriage, part 2 – Weatherproof 32

But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has...
Honor Marriage, part 1 – Weatherproof 32

Honor Marriage, part 1 – Weatherproof 32

But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. Mark 10:5 NLT Marriage is difficult enough by itself, when a man and a woman come together and choose to spend their lives together. It is romantic and beautiful, but it is...
Beware of covetousness – Weatherproof 31

Beware of covetousness – Weatherproof 31

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15 Covetousness, the greedy desire to have something, is so engrained in our lives that we hardly notice it anymore. So...
Go to offenders – Weatherproof 30

Go to offenders – Weatherproof 30

If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. Matthew 18:15 NLT We’re all human. We make mistakes. We are offended by others and, likely, offend others with...
Do not hinder children – Weatherproof 29

Do not hinder children – Weatherproof 29

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 Another version of this passage reads, “suffer little children, and forbid them not…” And I think that’s how we older folks treat them...