Matthew 8:34

And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.


Wow, real losers where these town folk. Maybe worse than the demons, for at least they recognized who Jesus was. Hopefully they realized the error of their decided rejection of Christ.

It’s interesting that even Jesus is rejected by many so why should we feel we need everyone’s approval when we are much less deserving?

It is also of note that in the Jewish society pigs were seen as dirty and Jews did not eat so these people were up to something no good and perhaps that is why they rejected Jesus?

Sometimes, not all times for sure, is rejection for our good. It’s a way of sorting.

Our daughter was once rejected by a couple neighborhood kids she wanted to play with. It hurt her but turned out best as one now identifies as boy and another has severe emotional issues. They wouldn’t have made good playmates.

With disernment, good friends, and time, we can understand when rejection is good and bad.

Christ-OS 2.0

The verse for today: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” – 1 Corinthians 15:22.

If your brain was a computer, the operating system would be your mind. Our Creator, I-Am, made the first models perfect. But an enemy of I-Am uploaded a sin virus to our operating system. Every model since that time has been infected. Instead of initiating a total recall, I-Am provided a software update that fixes the sin virus. It’s called, Jesus, Our Salvation also known as Christ-OS 2.0. This new operating system is a free download from the Cloud.

You just have to admit that your current system is flawed and trust the I-Am by updating to the new system. I remind you, it’s free. Sadly, many people haven’t heard about the update. No one told them about it. Others know but believe their computer works just fine without Christ-OS 2.0. In fact, they enjoy some of the features of the sin virus and don’t want to give it up. What they don’t realize is that without the update, their system will eventually crash. All of their data will be lost. All of their life’s work will be destroyed. But those who update to the new OS, will not only get a better running computer now, they are also promised a brand new computer in the future that will never die.

If you’ve never updated to Christ-OS 2.0, open the Owner’s manual to Romans 10:9-10; 13 and read the uploading instructions.

If you have already updated your system, share this info with others who need the update before it’s too late.

Gary Varvel

General Lee, the lady and tree

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:14-15.

Shortly after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited the home of a Kentucky woman. She bitterly complained to Lee about the damage the Northern Army’s artillery fire had caused to a tree in her front yard. Evidently she was hoping the General would sympathize with her loss. But after a brief silence, Lee said, “Cut it down, my dear Madam, and forget it.”

Wise counsel. Look, life is not fair.

Jesus knows something about unfair treatment. He experienced the greatest injustice when Pontius Pilate declared that He was innocent, then gave the order for Jesus to be whipped and beaten and crucified. In agony, Jesus looked down from the cross at his executioners and said, “Father forgive them, for the know not what they do.” It’s natural to want revenge when you are wronged. it’s supernatural to forgive.

Don’t let past injustices become a root of bitterness that poisons the rest of your life. Forgive and forget just as God has forgiven you.

Written and drawn by Gary Varvel

Be Transformed

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:2.

What is the will of God for your life?

A missionary friend of mine once said that most people don’t commit their lives to the will of God because they’re afraid that He’ll call them to be a missionary in Africa. “I am a missionary in Africa,” he said, “and there’s no where else I’d rather be.” Then he said this, “God will either give you the desires of your heart or He’ll change your heart so that it becomes your desire.”

That has stuck with me ever since.

So how can we know God’s will for our life?

The Lord doesn’t give us a road map. No, He leads us through a relationship with Him. The closer we get to God, the more we’ll know the heart of God and His will. The context of this verse comes after 11 chapters of instruction about man’s lost condition, Jesus’ sacrifice, salvation by faith and His call for us to be “living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God.” Then we will be able to test and approve what God wants us to do.

This verse gives us 2 steps:

1. Reject the world’s wisdom.

2. Renew your mind through knowing God’s word.

Study it and you’ll learn the heart of God.

Pray and experience the peace of God.

Lastly, notice that God’s will is “good,” “acceptable or pleasing” and “perfect.”

That is a win-win-win.

By Gary Varvel

4:8 Thinking

We’re not going to settle for just positive thinking. We’re going to choose productive thinking by learning to 4:8 our thoughts and by creating goodness grabbers.

How to 4:8 Your Thoughts

We can all spy something “good” or “lovely” or “true” by applying some Philippians 4:8 to whatever we face. Here are eight things from this verse that we can dwell on.

  1. Dwell on what is true. If something is true, it corresponds with ultimate reality. God is the ultimate reality (John 3:33, John 7:18), and His Word is truth. So, first and foremost, we filter everything through the pages of His Word. Is what you’re dwelling on true or false? Is it genuine or fake?
  2. Dwell on what is honorable. The word honorable means “that which inspires reverence or awe; dignified, worthy of respect.” Ask yourself: Are my thoughts honorable? Am I taking the high road here? What is honorable about this? If it’s not honorable, don’t dwell on it.
  3. Dwell on what is right. The word rightis used of God and denotes righteousness. Is what you’re thinking right? Or righteous? Is your focus helping you to think higher and bring out God’s character in you?
  4. Dwell on what is pure. You can’t separate this word from moral purity and sexual purity. So consider: Are my thoughts pure? How can I find something pure to dwell on? When you’re not dwelling on what is pure, it’s like focusing on the spot of dirt rather than the clean around it.
  5. Dwell on what is lovely. Lovely means what is pleasing, agreeable, or attractive. Sometimes a situation isn’t inherently lovely. But, when Christ is with you, you can always focus on Him. You can make your thoughts lovely. So, if it’s a bad day or a bad situation, ask yourself: Are my thoughts lovely? If not, is there something lovely I can think about? Can I dwell on something lovely right now?
  6. Dwell on what is of good repute.Repute means of high esteem. If we can’t think on anything good, then we need to think about something else! There is always something you can think of that is worthy of regard or esteem.
  7. Dwell on what is excellent. This is similar to virtue. Meaning, keep yourself focused on all that is virtuous and promotes virtue. The rest—forget it!
  8. Dwell on what is worthy of praise.This Greek word for praise is used both about God and about people. In Scripture, all God is and does is worthy of praise, so we focus on that. But, it also means that we focus on the strengths of another. We note and notice their good qualities. We are appreciative and affirming to people rather than negative and critical.

Now read this: When you don’t receive the recognition you deserve


This post originally appeared and was republished with permission.

Jennifer Rothschild has written 14 books, including the bestseller Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Me, Myself, and Lies. She’s been featured on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil and is the founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events. Jennifer became blind at age 15 and now helps others live beyond limits.