"The home is the place where only Christ's thoughts should be allowed."

Family Discussion:

  • How does Satan build fortresses in our minds to defeat us?
  • How do we practically take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ?
  • What divine weapons do you have in your arsenal? How are you going to use them?

Transcription:

00:06 You know what? It's amazing what just a few dollars can buy; for good or for bad. It's awesome what a ticket can entitle you to for good or for bad. Today, hopefully, you and I'll be a whole lot wiser in how we spin this stuff and what we ticket ourselves to. Second Corinthians chapter 10, verse 3-5 - great power verses today. It says this, "for though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." This scripture is powerful as all get out.

01:13 A thorough review which, which I did of the year's top 10 movies, and CDs, downloads and TV shows revealed a consistent parade of literally hundreds of pornographic scenes, lyrics and profanities laced in addictive soundtracks and alluring, you know, inconsequential stage productions. You know, according to Preview magazine, kind of a TV and movie review magazine, in fact, all of the top 10 of that year a contained crude, obscene and profane language. You know, there were like 435 references in just 10 of these top 10 recordings and movies, and in the process the media moguls walked away with hundreds of millions of dollars and left an entire generation of kids and adults spiritually and morally confused. So I mean, when it boils down to it, y'all, is it right or wrong to, to listen to an iPod or an iPhone or CD that promotes or describes premarital extramarital sex? Is it right or wrong? Is it right or wrong to go to a movie when God's name was per-veined and taken in vain over and over again? Is it right or wrong to choose a TV show when sexual innuendos, crude humor and sexual jesting are practiced?

02:41 And then on the other hand, should I continue to tell myself how bad I am for the mistake I made last year? Should I continue to harbor that bitter thought against my dad or against my spouse or against a failed business partner? You know, today's scriptures probably the clearest answer to those and a thousand other questions, when it points out that all such thoughts are weapons of warfare from Satan, set out to destroy our mind and literally to build concrete walls of the enemy, to build up fortresses to encompass the unholy thoughts that have been allowed into our minds.

03:24 But the scripture today provides guidance when it says that we should literally take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, every thought that we think should be his thoughts. And that's why memorizing and meditating this word and carefully thinking about what we spend and what we've taken ourselves to is so incredibly important. And you want freedom, man you've got freedom. Your mind is the biggest enemy that you've got and you get to control what goes in here and what goes in here most of the time. So here's the questions. How does Satan build fortresses in our minds to defeat us? And then how do we practically take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ? And then what divine weapons do you have in your arsenal? How are you going to use them? And then just for a little thought for the day, for your family, man, the home is the place where only Christ's thoughts should be allowed.

"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give."

Family Discussion:

  • What does the scripture mean when it says to give till you giggle?
  • Why is it so hard for us who have so much to give in comparison to those who have so little?
  • To whom and how much can you give today and what special giving project are you willing to commit yourself to this year?

Transcription:

00:13 Every time for the rest of my life that I see a pack of lifesavers, I'm going to think of one little boy in Haiti who forever changed my view of giving. In Second Corinthians chapter 9 verses 6-8, scripture says this: "remember this, whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver and God is able to make all grace abound to you. So that in all things, at all times having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

00:59 It has been a joy and a privilege for these Christian sports camps called Kanakuk, that I get to be a part of, to have adopted a 18 schools in Haiti. And we have 6,000 precious kids, that every day receive a bowl of beans and rice and probably the most funnest things of all is at Christmas, the kids at our camp pack Christmas gifts, so that every Christmas for the last 10 years, every child in every school received this awesome Christmas gift. And one of the Christmas gifts in this bag of gifts that every child receives at Christmas is a little bag of life savers. I'll never forget it as long as I live, as we were giving out these gifts to these precious kids, and these kids have so little but they are so grateful. It's unreal. There's smiles are just the most beautiful smells you've ever seen on these kids' faces in your life. And they're so grateful.

01:57 This little guy, he had opened his Christmas bag and he had taken a lifesaver, the first lifesaver that he'd ever eaten in his life. And he put it in his mouth and it was so good. He took the pack of lifesavers and he opened them up and he had the whole pack in his hand. And he handed it to me and he said, "please take this." And, and I said, man, I can't take your lifesavers. And, and he says, please, "it was so good. That one lifesaver was so good." He wanted to give the whole pack away to me.

02:32 Come on man. What would it mean to you to give the whole pack of lifesavers to somebody in need? And what does the scripture mean when it says to give till you giggle? And that's my own words, but to give until you absolutely, you know, laugh, you give so much. And then why is it so hard for us who have so much to give in comparison to those who have so little? Take it home today with this question; to whom and how much can you give today and what special giving project are you willing to commit yourself to this year? And the verse for the day that hopefully will stick in your heart forever is simply paraphrase this: give till you giggle. And we're going to go to Haiti again next Christmas and we're going to take Christmas gifts to the kids. And if you want to email me at joe@kanakuk.com and you want to be a part of our Christmas giving project, then email me and you can pack a box of gifts, including the lifesaver to take to those kids. God bless you as you give.

"Why build an empire for yourself when it's so much more fun to give it away?"

Family Discussion:

  • Why is it so hard to model Christ's example of giving and why is it so important to be a giver more than you are a taker?
  • Which one are you, which do you tend to be a giver or taker?
  • How can you specifically improve your skills at giving your time and your treasures and your talent away to people in need?

Transcription:

00:13 As a little kid, I always had a fascination with treasure hunting. I think it was because my mom used to celebrate our birthdays often by putting our gifts in a treasure chest. And then she'd hide the treasure chests and she'd make a map and we'd go out and we'd searched for a treasure. Well, today's scripture has got an awesome treasure hunt. It's in Second Corinthians chapter 8, verse 7-9, and Paul says this, "but just as you excel in everything, in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us, see that you also excel in the grace of giving. I'm not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich yet for your sake, he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich."

01:13 I'll never forget an airplane ride, I believe it was from Dallas to San Antonio, and I sat down in a sort of a two seat spot. The seat next to me was taken up by a man who actually took up a whole seat and a half. Um, but I sorta wedged myself in there beside him. And you know what I'll tell you, I wasn't uncomfortable at all because this guy had the greatest story to tell; as I listened to his story, he was a wealthy man and he was actually heading down to San Antonio to assemble his 10 best old friends. And he was going to give his treasures away to them. It was awesome. And, and you know, as I complimented this guy on his generosity, he said, "oh, it's nothing." He said, "I never saw a hearse followed by u haul trailer." You know, my friend was right, man, you can't take it with you. My daddy always said, you can only sleep in one bed at a time. And he said, "why build an empire for yourself when it's so much more fun to give it away." So you know what man, after the overwhelming example that Jesus provided for us by giving up heaven, his ownership of literally everything, and voluntarily becoming a condemned criminal to the cruel Roman execution team, He rightly exhorts us from the sermon on the mount. Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.

02:46 Jim Elliot, another one of my heroes says this: give away what you have to those who have not. And the way he said it was, he said, a man is no fool who gives what he cannot keep in exchange for what he cannot lose. And, and here's the questions for today: why is it so hard to model Christ's example of giving and, and then, and then why is it so important to be a giver more than you are a taker? And then which one are you, which do you tend to be a giver or taker? And then how can you specifically improve your skills at giving your time and your treasures and your talent away to people in need? And here's the family lifeline today: If all family members set out to give and to serve each other, can you imagine what a wonderful home and family you would have?

"Cast out a few crumbs and you'll get back the whole world every time."

Family Discussion:

  • How can you and your family clean out the closet, clean out the savings, clean out the cupboard for the poor of this world?
  • What would be the response to Christians who gave like that, and why is giving some deeply satisfying?
  • Why are the people with blue arm bands like the boy at that table, the happiest people on Earth?

Transcription:

00:04 Today I want to tell you about a boy with a blue arm band, I know I'll never forget as long as I live. We're in Second Corinthians chapter 8 verse 1-5. Check this out, this is awesome. "And now brothers," Paul writes, "we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy in their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity, for I testified that they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability entirely on their own. They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in the service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord. And then to us in keeping with God's will."

01:03 It was at our summer sports camp, our teenage summer sports camp, that we wanted to put an imprint on the guys' minds that they would never forget. And so as the teenage boys enter the dining hall, and we'd been training in athletics all morning long, we were starving to death we thought, but we gave a 12 boys blue arm bands and then we gave the other half of the kids black arm bands and the last half a white armband. When we came into the dining hall, the blue arm bands represented America. And it was a table that was just lavished with food. The black arm bands represented many countries in the world that are not starving to death, but are starving. And they had beans and rice on the tables. And then the white arm bands where the third world countries, they had nothing on their tables. No instructions were given. Everybody was free to do as they pleased.

01:54 Well, the American table had steaks and fried chicken and vegetables and mashed potatoes and gravy and dessert. It was just heaping over with food. You know, I remember watching a lot of the athletes just eat all they could, the whole meal on the American table. Then I remember a few athletes on the American table filling their plate full and then sharing the leftovers with some of the third world people. But then I remember one guy in a blue arm band, and as soon as he saw all that he had and how little everybody else had, he took everything he had and he began to share it with kids all over the dining hall. That night at supper I think that boy had the greatest meal of his life.

02:43 Just off the coast of Florida, there's a little island that I love. It's called Haiti, and 2 million kids are over there starving to death. Can you imagine what would happen if the United States of America, if every person in the United States had the attitude of the boy with the Blue Armband, those kids in Haiti would be lavished every single meal. And here is the question today. How can you and your family clean out the closet, clean out the savings, clean out the cupboard for the poor of this world? And then check this out. What would be the response to Christians who gave like that, and why is giving some deeply satisfying? Why are the people with blue arm bands like the boy at that table, the happiest people on Earth? And the lifeline for the day is this: cast out a few crumbs and you'll get back the whole world every time.

"I've turned my tears into praise."

Family Discussion:

  • Why do trials become a watershed to separate true Christian faith and a counterfeit Christian faith?
  • How can you use the trial that you're facing today to make you better and not turn your attitude into a bitter attitude? How can it make you a praiser and not a groaner?
  • How do trials make you appreciate and identify with Christ a whole lot more in your life?

Transcription:

00:06 Man, have you been struggling lately? I just had a couple of the greatest conversations last night with a couple of my high school friends that go to our camps. One of them called me, I called the other one and one of them just said, "man, Joe, life is bad. And my girlfriend and I just broke up. And I just feel so awful and so depressed." Well I took him to a couple of verses in this little bitty love letter, and then after about a 30 minute prayerful conversation, he was ready to go after life again and I hope you'll be that encouraged today. In Second Corinthians chapter 7, verse 10, it says this: "godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death."

01:01 There's a poem by Robert Frost called 'the road less traveled' and then there was a book written called 'the Road Less Traveled,' and it begins with the simple picture window statement that just says life is hard. The French say 'the road is difficult.' You know, this planet we live on is not heaven, and no doubt Satan wreaks havoc on this fallen planet. You know, man's fall in the garden of Eden, rendered for all mankind and existence of crime, disease, heartaches and heartbreaks. But the French continue the two-part phrase, My God is good. You know, uh, my good friend Joshua Dell says that trials will either make you bitter or better if you walk with God. If you trust God in all circumstances and hold him sovereignly in your life, you know, the hurts and the difficulties always bring out the best in you. If the stuff and the pleasures of the world are your ultimate aim, then let-downs and disappointments will make you bitter every time.

02:12 You know what, the focus of your life that moves you from a groaner to a praiser is not the size of your trial, but the shape of your heart. If my ultimate goal is to get to heaven and take as many people with me as I can, trials actually become my friend. Because put simply, God uses trials to get people humbly at the foot of the cross. I've got a great friend named Gary. Oh man, what a hero he is. He lost his son and then he lost his wife the same year; one of the happiest men that I know, even though through his tears. And I said, Gary, how do you do it? And with the joyful tears running down his face, he said, "Joe, I've turned my tears into praise." I had a dear high school friend named Ricky who was tragically drowned. But on that day that Ricky was drowned, seven people gave their heart to Christ. I have a hero named Martin Montero. He's had 14 major surgeries on his face from a tragic birth defect. But I'll never forget when he called me from his hospital bed praising God for his opportunity to receive medical care. Another teenage friend of mine that will always be my hero is named Lauren. She lost her leg to cancer. But two summers later, she was at our sports camps, majoring in triathlete, blessing everyone with her fantastic attitude and her Christ given smile.

03:47 And so my questions to you today are this: why do trials become a watershed to separate true Christian faith and a counterfeit Christian faith? And then this question, how can you use the trial that you're facing today to make you better and not turn your attitude into a bitter attitude? How can it make you a praiser and not a groaner? Hebrews 5:8 says this about Jesus. It says, "although he was the son, yet he learned obedience from the things which he suffered." How do trials make you appreciate and identify with Christ a whole lot more in your life? And then the lifeline today is this: home is the comforting place where the trials of life could wound a family member.

"The family should be a reflection of a wedding ceremony with Jesus Christ."

Family Discussion:

  • What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?
  • How do your eyes and ears allow filth into the temple?
  • How do you give your temple to the housecleaning that God's spirit deserves today?

Transcription:

00:06 You know, I'll never forget when my hero, Dr. Howard Hendricks, said when you read the Bible, read it like a love letter. It changed everything for me. And so we opened the love letter from God again this morning. And we look at Second Corinthians chapter 6, verse 16 and 18 and it says this, "what agreement is there between the Temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, 'I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God, and they will be my people. I will be a father to you and you will be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord almighty. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit."

00:56 I'll never forget it. I'll never forget as long as I live. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been a part of in my life. I've gotten to, you know, officiate countless weddings over the years. But the most beautiful one of all was a girl named Candi. And you know what? That precious girl had $100 to spend on her wedding. That was her totaled wedding budget. That's a true story. Candi worked at our camps. And although she was poor, she was rich. One of the richest girls I've ever met. A guy fell in love with her, wonderful man, but Candi said, you know what? I can't marry you until my grandmother dies. I've been called to sit by my grandmother's bedside until she dies. Three years later, her grandmother passed away and went to Heaven and Candi turned to that man and she said, now I'm ready to marry you. She took her hundred dollars and went to a rummage sale and she bought an old wedding dress. And all summer long, she sewed and sewed little costume plastic beads on that wedding dress, which she walked into our outdoor chapel at our camp.

02:05 It was autumn and all these sugar maples that my daddy and I had planted in this chapel, were turning all these beautiful colors of red and yellow and gold, and as Candi walked down that little outdoor aisle to meet this man who'd been waiting for her for three years, all these leaves began to fall all around her feet and she literally walked on a bed of the most beautiful star shaped flowers you've ever seen in your life. It was so breathtaking. The guy was just speechless. I was speechless. In fact, I was so overcome with awe and wonder and beauty. I forgot to pronounce them man and wife. It was a true story and I forgot to say the groom can kiss the bride and then somehow in the closing prayer, I recovered and in the prayer turned it into a "the groom can kiss the bride" prayer, and they kissed and they were married and they walked away and they are living happily ever after.

03:01 And you know, what man? As breathtaking as Candi's wedding scene was it pales in comparison to the wedding that has taken place in the temple of your heart because it is there in your heart that your soul is married to the Holy Spirit of God. You know, Michelangelo could paint a more beautiful interior in $1 billion sepulchre, than the wedding chapel of your heart that God had crafted for the dwelling place of his Holy Spirit. You know, man, that's why someone who loves God doesn't watch pornography on the computer screen or movies and television stuff that's gotten nudity and profanity in it. You know, that's why we're selective with our music and with our conversations. You know? That's why we don't pour alcohol and drugs and tobacco in our bodies. You know, that's why scripture calls you to a high standard of living because it's God that lives in your heart; your body's a temple of God's spirit. And so here's the questions for today. What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? How do your eyes and ears allow filth into the temple? And then lastly, how do you give your temple to the housecleaning that God's spirit deserves today? And then this one for the family, here's the lifeline. The home, the family should be a reflection of a wedding ceremony with Jesus Christ.

"A true sincere Christian is solidly warned not to be partners with somebody who is not truly a sincere Christian."

Family Discussion:

  • What do you think God is saying to you personally about not being unequally yoked?
  • How can the desire for love or friendship or the desire for money blind you to this command in scripture?

Transcription:

00:04 Man, this book we're studying together has got so many treasures. There's so many promises in this book, they're countless. But there's also some commands in this book, and you know what, God is not timid about his commands. And if we would listen to this one today, I can think of hundreds of conversations I've had over the years of of pain and heartache that they would be saved if we just listened to this one. Second Corinthians 6 verse 14 through 16, this command like all the rest of the scripture is to protect us and provide for us. Here it is. "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers for what do righteousness and wickedness have in common or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the Temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God has said, I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God and they will be my people."

01:17 Can you imagine two oxen unequally yoked, one is aggressive and one is lazy and how awful the ride would be behind that cart of those oxen. That's the picture of the devotional today. And you know what? I can think off the top of my head of half dozen conversations I've had in the last couple of years, you know, with businessmen and businesswomen who've yoked themselves unequally with an unbeliever, a believer making a partnership or a deal with an unbeliever. And when the money showed up and the company began to grow, the unbeliever showed his colors. And even though he might've said he was a Christian, he truly wasn't a follower of Christ. It didn't have the same values. And the partnership broke up and the company disappeared in debt. And lawsuits often ensued.

02:09 And then there's the teen cards that I get it at the youth rallies that I do. And the college events that I do where they fill out these cards and they tell me their stories and the stories of being unequally yoked are heartbreaking. Here's one that said, "Joe, my friends told me that by getting high, my problems would go away. That wasn't true at all. First we tried speed and then pot and angel dust and LSD, although I only tried LSD one time. It was an experience I will never forget. It literally blew my mind." And then there was another one that said, "Joe, he told me that he loved me and like all the rest we'd get married someday. He talked me into sex and then we broke up. I was crushed. I felt like I had 200 knives going through my heart. And another one wrote me and said, "you know what? I began to hang out with the wrong friends. They were always partying and drinking. And before long they took me down with them."

03:15 Unequally yoked, paired up with an unbeliever, scripture carefully and clearly warns that's a mistake that will bring us down every time. You know what, a Christian has got a witness to the laws, you know, no doubt. But a true sincere Christian is solidly warned not to be partners with, not to be boyfriends with, girlfriends with, to date, to fall in love with somebody who is not truly a sincere Christian. You know what? This passage is a clear warning from God that if you don't listen to like, the two oxen trying to pull the cart in opposite directions, you know, it'll fall apart every time. And here's the question today, what do you think God is saying to you personally about not being unequally yoked? And then secondly, how can the desire for love or friendship or the desire for money blind you to this command in scripture? And then this takes it home: If you find yourself unequally yoked today, what do you need to do? And then the lifeline today is this, men, keep the yoke of family going strong and make it a relationship of give and take where you give more than you take. It'll make your family strong as all get out.

"I crawled into a cocoon of grace and was reborn as a child of God."

Family Discussion:

  • What does it mean to you to be a brand new creature in Christ?
  • What do you have to do to go through spiritual metamorphosis? And describe the butterfly that Jesus had made today.

Transcription:

00:06 Hey, have you ever seen a miracle? I mean, have you seen a miracle this morning? We'll, I've probably seen 10 of them already today. And today I want to tell you about one of the greatest miracles of all. We're in Second Corinthians chapter 5, verse 14 through 17. And Paul says this, "for Christ's love compels us because we are convinced that one died for all and therefore all died and he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him who died for them and was raised again." Isn't this great? "So from now on, we regard no one from a worldly point of view though we once regarded Christ in this way, but we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he's a brand new creation. The old is gone. And behold the new has come."

01:04 My uh, love is the science of biology. I loved studying pre-med years ago. But going through the three minute pre-med curriculum, man, I came out of devout evolutionist, that's all I've ever been taught, but 35 years of studies since then, I am absolutely convinced in a divine creator that no one but God could have done the science of intelligent design and creation. You know, one of the biggest stumbling blocks for the evolutionist is metamorphosis. They don't have a clue how it happened. That's what a doctor Pierre-Paul Grasse, the president of the French Academy of Sciences said this. He said, "no matter how numerous they may be, mutations do not produce any kind of evolution." He said there's no law against daydreaming, but science must not indulge in it. You know who but God could turn a little, bitty caterpillar who crawls around in the dirt eating leaves, spin a cocoon around himself and then it just a few weeks come out a majestic moth or butterfly like this one who was created with the eyes of an owl so that when a Predator flies by, he could spread his wings and the Predator would see an owl, not a moth in the tree and would fly away so the mouth could be protected.

02:29 There are miracles of God all around you, and you know what, if that's not amazing enough who but God can take a senseless murderer and turn him into a soft, gentle, tender-hearted minister to other murderers behind prison walls? I've seen dozens of them, and who could turn a hopeless alcoholic into a trustworthy, faithful husband and caring father? I've seen many, you know, last week, a 17 year old boy with the kindest eyes came up to me after I spoke to a youth rally and said, you know what, he said "last year when you spoke to the same youth rally, I was a heroin addict. But I became a Christian. And a month later, my drug habit has ended and I've now been called to be a pastor someday." You know what, man, I can relate to those people because I too have failed in this life too many times to count.

03:26 But once upon a time, you know, I, hopefully like you, like a caterpillar, crawled in the cocoon of grace and like millions before me and millions after me was born again to be a child of the living God. And for that I'll ever be humble and ever be grateful. So what does it mean to you to be a brand new creature in Christ? And then what do you have to do to go through spiritual metamorphosis? And describe the butterfly that Jesus had made today. And then here's the lifeline for the day: Try to always forgive the caterpillar in each family member around you. And look for the butterfly. Look for the butterfly in every person that you know.

"The tornado of time will eventually scatter our bodies into the dust of the ground."

Family Discussion:

  • What is the blind spot that you have that causes you to focus so much time and attention on our earthly time and bodies?
  • What are some ways you can change your priorities to refocus on that part of you that will live forever?
  • How can you express high value for the spirit of Christ that lives in your heart?

Transcription:

00:06 Today I want to tell you about an amazing miracle in a horrible tornado. And I want to give credit to Dr. Bill Gillham, one of my heroes in the faith for something he taught me about the scripture. Today, tornadoes are the most devastating things, square inch per square inch, I think in the world. But in this tornado, something cool happened to a friend of mine. We're in Second Corinthians chapter 5 verses 1-5. I can't wait for this, it's awesome. Listen to this, "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile, we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling because when we're clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we were in this tent, we groan in our burden because we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now, it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come."

01:25 Randy Odom, oh man, what a great guy. One of the counselors at Kids Across America, these awesome summer camps that we have here in the Ozarks reserve, especially for some of America's most deserving kids who come from the financially depraved concrete world of the urban inner city in America. And, not only does Randy love God, but he loves urban kids with a passion. One stormy day in the spring, I'll never forget when Randy pulled up in front of his trailer house at the exact moment, a tornado arrived at his front door. True story. In haste, he jumped out of his car as the door was ripped off the hinges of that trailer. He dove into his home on wheels where he was met a head on in the hallway by a flying door.

02:13 The door pinned him to the floor while his whole house literally was demolished above him. Although his house was scattered for city blocks, Randy was protected by the door and escaped without injury. You know what these, as Bill Gilliam says, these earth suits we inhabit while we visit this earth are about as stable as Randy's mobile home in a tornado. You know, we can exercise them, we can feed them, we can doctor them all we want, but the tornado of time will eventually scatter our bodies into the dust of the ground. And you know, there's no medicine or vitamin or magic potion that can keep the inevitable from happening. You know, as, as for man, scripture say these days are like grass as a flower of the field. So he flourishes when the wind passes over it. It is no more in its place, acknowledge it no longer, Psalms 103 says.

03:04 But fortunately, oh, so fortunately our spirit is protected from destruction by the spirit of Christ, if he indeed is alive and well in our hearts. It's our spirit sealed by grace for eternity by his spirit that is destined to live with God forever, unscathed, unharmed, free to live and fit for a life with a king. And, here's the question for you today. What is the blind spot that you have that causes you to focus so much time and attention on our earth suit, as Bill Gillham says, with such a limited lifespan and so little time and attention to our inner man that will live forever? And then this question, what are some ways you can change your priorities to refocus on that part of you that will live forever? And then, how can you express high value for the spirit of Christ that lives in your heart? And here's the lifeline for the day, man, what a great time to pour your heart into these little daily devotionals to prepare the part of you that will live forever.

"Christ hides himself in these just common old peanut butter jars of our heart."

Family Discussion:

  • Without Jesus, how valuable are you? But with Christ in your heart how valuable is that peanut butter jar of your heart?
  • How does that give you today the gift of humility that God would think enough of your heart, the old peanut butter jar to put his spirit in you?

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00:04 One of my greatest heroes is Dr. Howard Hendricks, and Dr. Hendricks taught me something one time, that man, I'll think about it every time I read this passage in Second Corinthians chapter 4 verses 7-10. It says this, "but we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not despairing, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the dying of Jesus so that the life of Jesus might be manifested in our body."

00:54 You know, I've got to break the routine today and just lead a major cheer in your home. I like this book we're studying together. This second Corinthians letter is just packed with God's greatest treasures. And, and you know what, speaking of treasures man, there is not, nor will there ever be, a treasure as absolutely invaluable as the mega karat diamond jewel of the Holy Spirit of Christ that hides himself in the treasure chest of your heart as a true believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. Doctor Hendrick's calls it peanut butter jars. Christ hides himself in these just common old peanut butter jars of our heart. You know, when I was a kid, my dad worked awfully hard to come home with enough money to put beans and burgers and peanut butter & jelly on the table. You know, we didn't starve, but we didn't have a whole lot of leftovers to feed our little dog Pixie, either. My mom was a champion at stretching the dollar and she'd save everything of potential value. Peanut butter jars and jelly jars, man, we drank out of those things. Her mom had taught her to save buttons, rare coins, toy marbles, trading stamps, and she'd saved stuff like that in peanut butter jars.

02:18 You know what, I remember one Friday night, we even put a handful of fireflies of lightening bugs in a peanut butter jar to make a natural flashlight for a game we were playing in the darkness of our room. Treasures, treasures in peanut butter jars. It seems ironic, doesn't it? But you know what? When I think of God putting his greatest treasure in the heart of a man who's failed as many times as I have, I feel just like a peanut butter jar - used, washed, spotless, and somehow filled with a treasure, so I can share some of the rare and priceless jewels with folks who come my way. And so it is with you. You may feel like a peanut butter jar yourself, but God thinks enough of you to fill your heart with his greatest treasure. Isn't that great?

03:08 Here's the question for today. How valuable is a used peanut butter jar by itself? And without Jesus, how valuable are you? But with Christ in your heart, with the Holy Spirit of God, living in your heart, now, how valuable is that peanut butter jar of your heart? And how does that give you today the gift of humility that God would think enough of your heart, the old peanut butter jar to put his spirit in you? How humble does that make you feel today? The lifeline for today to this: When I'm empty, if I would fall, I would break. But, when I'm filled with God's treasures, if I break and fall, it's the strongest treasure chest on earth.

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