Posts by Barry Lovett

2/29/24 FIRST IMPRESSIONS CAN OFTEN LEAD TO WRONG CONCLUSIONS

by Barry Lovett

“For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  I Samuel 16:7. When Samuel was to select the next king of Israel from the sons of Jesse, he made a judgment based on first impressions. However, God’s chosen was not any of the older sons.  The Spirit told Samuel, “Do […]

2/28/24 A GRATEFUL HEART; ANOTHER GIFT FROM GOD

by Barry Lovett

 “As for every man…to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor- this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19. The writer of Ecclesiastes saw God at every turn in the enjoyment of material things.  From beginning to end, all of life is a continuous gift-giving by God.  We deserve nothing. He owes us nothing. […]

2/27/24 REAL LOVE IS HELPING OTHERS EVEN IF THEY NEVER RETURN THE FAVOR

by Barry Lovett

“[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”  I Corinthians 13:7-8. The Bible reminds us that love is patient and kind. It is not self-seeking or easily angered. Real love originated with our Father, who gave us the gift of His Son.  As we seek to show […]

2/26/24 THE TRUTH OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER

by Barry Lovett

“The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether…Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”  Psalm 19:9-10. Seldom do we hear that truth is sweet.  More often we hear that it is bitter or hard to swallow.   We sing “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know”, but some of us present Him as if […]

2/21/24 GOD WANTS US TO CARE FOR OTHERS

by Barry Lovett

“Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.” Genesis 41:39. A story in the Bible about Joseph tells how he used his skills to play an important role in helping people survive a 7-year famine (Gen. 41:53-54).  In his case, he […]