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Five Minutes with God

Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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Now displaying: March, 2015
Mar 6, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Do you ever worry? Most likely, the answer to this question is “yes.” Most of us worry from time to time. After all, there is plenty in our world to worry about—financial struggles, health issues, family problems, crime, violence, terrorism, declining morals... You get the idea. As Jesus says in this passage, “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” In other words, each day has enough problems of its own. So what is the cure for worry? Jesus teaches us that the way to overcome worry is to be more spiritually minded, to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” By focusing more on God and our relationship with Him, we are constantly reminded that this world and all of its problems are temporary, and that our greater needs, the spiritual ones, are all met perfectly through Christ, so that we want for nothing. The more we learn to trust and depend on God, the more our worry is replaced with peace and confidence. What a wonderful blessing from God!

Why do you think that we struggle to let go of our worries?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Mar 5, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Money—riches, wealth, physical things. It is one of the most popular gods of our time. So many covet it, pursue it, devote themselves to it, and make it the most important thing in their lives. And yes, they serve it. The god of riches entices us, it makes vain promises, and it leads us down a road that can only end in destruction. But by far the most devastating consequence of serving the god of riches is that it takes the place of our service to God and robs us of our relationship with Him. We must choose whether we will serve the god of riches—a god that is enticing, but offers no real joy, lasting peace, or eternal hope, or the God of the universe, who offers His love, mercy, and grace, and who is the source of a joy, peace, and hope that can only be found in Him. The choice is ours, but... “You cannot serve God and money.”

Why do you think so many people choose the world over God?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Mar 4, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

These verses are found sandwiched between teachings on laying up treasure in heaven instead of on earth (vv. 19-21) and the impossibility of serving both God and riches (v. 24). It stands to reason, then, that this passage also pertains to having a proper attitude toward worldly things. In ancient thought, having a “healthy (good) eye” was indicative of being generous, while having a “bad eye” was used to describe those who were greedy or stingy. Therefore, as Jesus describes, one who has a good eye is one who sees his worldly things as a tool to be used to help others and to bring glory to God. This good eye fills the whole body with light, which represents goodness, truth, and godliness. In contrast, the person with the bad eye is one who puts his love and faith in those earthly things and is thus filled with a great darkness that cannot abide in the presence of God. May God help us all to have a healthy eye.

Why do you think our attitude toward worldly things has such a great effect on our lives?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Mar 3, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“If I only had more—more money in the bank, a bigger house, a nicer car, a more impressive investment portfolio. If I only had more, then I would be happy! I would have nothing to worry about.” This mindset dominates our culture, and it pushes us to chase the almighty dollar and lay up treasures on earth. But Jesus reveals a simple truth that often eludes our thinking: nothing physical lasts forever. That bank account, house, car, investment portfolio—it is all temporary. It is all subject to destruction, theft, or loss, and even if we can avoid these disasters, those things will only be ours for as long as our physical lives last. But Jesus reminds us that there is a treasure we can lay up for ourselves that will never be destroyed. It is not a physical treasure, but a much grander, spiritual one. It is the greatest of all treasures, laid up in heaven for those who devote their lives to God. As Jesus teaches, the greatest investment we can make is the laying up of spiritual treasure that will pay eternal dividends.

How do we lay up treasure in heaven?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Mar 2, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Why? It is not a question that we consider often enough when it comes to our spiritual lives and service to God. Why do we worship? Why do we give our time and effort to serving God and others? Why do we strive to be lights in a dark world? Many times, we fall into the trap of giving our worship and service to God without considering our purpose, or worse yet, with a self-serving and impure motive for our devotion to God. But we learn from this passage, and others in this same extended text, that the “why” is very important to God. While God certainly desires our worship and devotion, He desires those things to come from a pure, sincere heart and motive. To worship or devote ourselves to God for the purpose of being seen or praised by men is unacceptable and ineffective. As we worship and devote ourselves to God, let us do so with a heart filled with love and gratitude, and with a desire to draw ever closer to Him.

Why should we give our worship and devotion to God?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

Mar 1, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Do you desire and appreciate forgiveness? Sure you do. We all do. When we make mistakes, we want to know that those around us will be compassionate towards us and willing to forgive our shortcomings. And then there is God. Where would we be without God’s forgiveness? We need it, cherish it, and are thankful for it. But there are times when we are much less willing to forgive someone who has wronged us than we are to accept forgiveness for our own wrongdoings. We were hurt, defamed, taken advantage of, lied to. Why should we forgive someone who was so unloving towards us? But Jesus teaches the simple truth that, if we desire to have the forgiveness God offers to us for the wrongs that we have committed against Him, then we must learn to be forgiving to others for their wrongs against us. A simple concept, but often a challenge to apply. May God help us to be more forgiving towards others, and may He continue to be merciful and forgiving towards us!

Why do you think that it is so important to God that we forgive others?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!

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