Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 8:10-11 Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge over pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with it.

The world has it all wrong. It measures the worth of people with how much money and stuff they have. Those who have a lot are deemed to be more important than those who don’t (yes, even in the church). They get preferential treatment and envied by those who don’t have as much. The quest of the world is always to get more of what they have. No matter how little or much one has, the desire for more drives them all. The world lives for what money can buy and they lavish in the comforts and things it buys.

Wise are those who don’t buy into the world’s ways. Instead of obsessing one’s life over the riches of earth, one should be obsessed with obtaining the knowledge of heaven. Far better off are those who know the Lord and His ways. Earthly treasures come and go, but God’s truths are eternal. The things we learn from God endure regardless of the circumstances of life.

Those who learn from God gain wisdom from God. They discover how to apply to life the things they learn from God. They learn how to live life in anticipation of eternity. They discover that the only thing that will prepare them for eternity is wisdom from God. They know that eternity is fleshed out in the lives of the believer. They cease to be anxious about what is going on in the world, for they know that God is in control and is working all things out for our good and His glory. They never have to worry about gaining or losing wealth because they possess that which will last forever which nothing can destroy or take from them.

Wisdom is far more valuable than all the wealth of earth combined. It is the only thing that will stand the test of time and keep the soul anchored in Christ. It is essential for our spiritual growth and the key to eternal life. Jesus is our wisdom from God and blessed are those who live in Him.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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