Cleansing the Temple A Time When Jesus Appears to Be More than Annoyed About Something

As we remember Holy Week today, we remember Christ's Triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the cursing of the fig tree, the cleansing of the temple and being set-up by His enemies.
The cleansing of the temple is one of three times Jesus appears to be more than annoyed about something! I'll focus on cleansing the temple for this post but feel free to leave your thoughts on the other two times in comments.
In the text we see Jesus entering the temple and driving out all who sold and bought in the temple, He overturned the money-changers tables and the seats of those who sold pigeons.(Matthew 21:12)

After doing that He healed the blind and the lame. Why weren't the priests and teachers healing them?  They were too busy buying and selling. The temple had become a religious marketplace.
The priests and teachers (keepers of the Holy text) were becoming rich off those they were supposed to serve.

This reminds of God's words to the greedy shepherds in the book of Ezekiel “Son of man,…

8 Reasons Why Christians Leave the Faith

Are you surprised when you hear that a once faithful Christ follower has turned away from the faith and now doubts whether scripture is true or not?
If you are like me, you wonder how this happens but then you remember this is nothing new. Apostasy appears throughout the bible. In Hebrews 6:4-5 the writer notes some will turn away from the gospel although they once tasted the good Word and received the Holy Spirit.  
Jesus knew we would be tempted to turn away from the truth but He reminds us to remain faithful to the end (end of our lives) if we want to receive the crown of life.
It appears many leave the faith because they fail to discipline themselves to remember God in their daily lives. 
In order to avoid committing apostasy we must remember what God has previously done for us. We can't forget that He delivered us from the power of sin and its resulting bondage. 
Failure to remember God delivered us from sin and destructive attitudes or habits, may lead to a fatal state of decepti…

9 Ways to Build Your House on the Rock

Jesus said if we build our house/lives on his words we will survive life's storms.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 
 "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock."
" And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand."
 "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”(Matthew 7:24-27)
So how do you build your house/life on the rock?
Love your enemies.Bless those who curse you. Don't use your words to curse them but speak kind words to them and about them.Do good to those who hate you. Don't return evil for evil.Pray for those who spitefully use you.Pray, fast and do your good deeds without broadcasting them to ever…

8 Reasons Why You Should Praise God

Praise Glorifies God.

Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God." Psalm 50:23

God is Gracious, Compassionate and Slow to Anger

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. Psalm 145:8 
God Keeps Us Alive

Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved. Psalm 66:9

God is King of All The Earth

For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. Psalm 47:7

God has Dealt Wondrously With Us

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Joel 2:26

God Gives us the Desires of our Heart

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

God Manages Our Enemies 

When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7

God Loves us

For God so l…

Three Things to Consider Before Getting Married or Divorced

What happens in your marriage when you realize your spouse isn't the right one? Do you leave your spouse or become the right one? They say it's not about finding the right person but being the right person.

What happens when you realize you don't share the same goals and dreams and you are at odds with one another all time? Do you leave your spouse or adjust your dreams and goals?

What happens if you find someone who looks better than your spouse and you want the other person instead? Do you leave your spouse or be content with your spouse's beauty.

The pharisees asked Jesus was it OK to divorce a spouse for any reason because it was their custom to do so. They divorced their spouses if they saw someone prettier or shapelier than their own spouse. Of if she couldn't cook or if they were tired of her.

Jesus told them, spouses divorcing one another wasn't what God had planned when He created marriage. Marriage was supposed to be permanent but because of the…

How Trusting God Reunited A Couple After Being Divorced For Ten Years

My brother-law is contagiously happy and unbelievably generous. On any given day, if you ask him how he's doing. He'll say, "Oh, I'm blessed and highly favored. Trusting God and leaving the consequences up to Him."
His trust in God is astounding. Ten years ago, my sister divorced him although he did not want to divorce her. While speaking with him on the phone one day, he said, "God told me she will return to me."
I wasn't so sure about that especially after the years passed. 1 year, then two years, then five years, then seven years, then nine years.
During those years I asked friends and relatives who lived near him, if he was dating anyone? They said, "No all he does is work and go to church." I felt sorry for him for she had moved on with her life and was dating others.
Finally, last year after 10 years, he and my sister remarried. Apparently, that is what happens when you trust God and leave the consequences up to him!
The same power…

Stop Doing This to Accomplish More Goals This Year

After I completed my list of goals for 2019, I compared it with my 2018 list. I realized several goals remained unaccomplished.
While reviewing my lists a bible verse came to mind. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8) Ouch!

I looked up double minded in Thayer’s Greek Dictionary and Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries. According to them, double-minded means, “Vacillating in opinion or purpose, divided in interest, wavering, uncertain, doubting.”

As I reviewed the definitions, I discovered that I am indeed, double minded. I have divided interests, I vacillate in opinion regarding certain tasks and roles. The Homiletical Commentary said double minded means “Uncertainty caused by never letting a decision rest, but going over it again and again, until opportunity is lost and nothing is done. I am an over thinker I think things to death. Looking at the pros and cons and most of the time I come up with more cons than pros and what happens? Absolutely nothing! Ugh! So…