Five-minute devotional thoughts with pastors Gary Click and Rick Ash. Insightful, sometimes witty, occasionally corny, but always thoughtful and inspiring.
What does it take to draw closer to God? Is it hard? Is it difficult?
Why do some people just seem to be closer to God while others appear to be so distant? Is there a magic formula for this? Well, it's not magic but there is a formula and it's not that hard.
In this episode, Gary and Rick examine that formula as revealed in James 4:8.
Half Off Haircuts
Gary complains that the less hair he has the more it seems to cost. He recalls a barber charging only a buck a haircut but he only knew one style. Today, it's nearly $20 for a buzz cut for a partially bald guy. What does that have to do with anything?
Well, it reminds us of Matthew 10:30, "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered."
Laced with a little humor, Gary and Rick help listeners understand what this verse means for us.
For the Birds
Have you ever felt insignificant? Irrelevant? Uncared for or unloved? Did you think that your problems and issues were not that significant? Have you ever felt like no one, including God, wanted to be bothered with your petty problems?
We hope not. But just in case Rick and Gary want to know what Jesus had to say about that. In Luke 12:6, Jesus reminds us that the Father cares about even the least of us.
"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?" Luke 12:6
Dredging Up the Past
Who doesn't have something in their past that they would rather forget? Don't you just hate it when people keep dredging up those memories?
The Scripture teaches us that this is one of Satan's favorite past-times. He does so to give us a sense of inferiority and prevent us from moving on. This is why the Scripture calls him the accuser of the brethren in Revelation 12:10.
In this episode, Gary and Rick help us distinguish the difference between guilt and shame and how we can move on from a sin of the past that seems to haunt us.
Don't Throw Rocks
People are more quick to judge than Christ is. Those most rebuked by Jesus were not those living in obvious sin but rather the religious leaders who cloaked their sin in self-righteousness.
In this episode, Gary and Rick explore what happened when the Pharisees brought an adulterous woman to be judged by Jesus in John 8. Listen to see how Jesus turned the table on her accusers and gave her hope and dignity for the future.
The Devil in Disguise
Was Elvis Presley onto something? Gary reflects back to an old 45 rpm record from his parent's collection as the guys take a look at 2 Corinthians 11:14. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
You may want to hit the mute button when Click starts to sing!