Your Secret Father

“…And your Father who sees…in secret.” Matthew 6:4
Your secret Father

Some families give gifts, using a method of secret giving

(“secret Santa”). The object is to avoid overspending or over-
gifting. Names are drawn for each to secretly shop, buy and
wrap for their secret person. The thrill is knowing that they
don’t know who their secret giver is. Sadly, like Jethro Bodine,
this is the closest that they will come to being secret agents.

Jesus warned,
Beware of practicing your righteousness before men, to be noticed by
them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

—- Matthew 6:1.

He includes giving to someone, praying and fasting, Matthew
6:2-18. Each one of these has the potential to be a show, a
way to impress people.

The most impressive actions are the ones that no one knows
about, except God. This is why Jesus says to pray in your
closet and not brag to yourself either.

…Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that
your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in
secret will reward you.

—– Matthew 6:3-4

Religion has become a spectacle, entertainment, and a concert.
It was meant to be a close, meaningful relationship of an
individual with God. Our English word, “religion” comes from
the word ligament. True religion should pull you back to God
like a ligament and not be a display for man to see.
Sadly, many still prefer…
…The approval of men rather than the approval of God.

—– John 12:42.

The next time you have a chance to do anything good, keep it
a secret, seek the approval of God in everything, and God will
reward you.
Please send all questions and inquiries to:

Dana Emery
(910) 612-2456

Are You Happy?

“…Words of sober truth.” Acts 26:25

Are you happy?

Every day you are exposed to items that promise to bring you happiness. Over 300 times daily an ad or billboard loudly insists that you are not happy. But if you have this one item, you will finally be happy.

The creator and savior of this world says that happiness comes from quieter sources. Jesus taught that happiness comes through things we normally avoid.

Blessed are the poor in spirit…those who mourn…the gentle…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…the merciful…the pure in heart…the peacemakers…those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness….

—–Matthew 5:3-12

None of these qualities are mentioned in ads today. But the Lord promises happiness to you if these traits describe you.

So, are you happy? Is your happiness because of some earthly pursuit of happiness? Or is it because you have what the Lord says is a true happiness? The same Lord and savior once said,

If you know these things, you are happy if you do them.

—–John 13:17

Please send questions and comments to:

Dana Emery

(910) 612-2456