Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me.. Psalm 49:5 God could have kept Daniel out of the lions’ den. He could have kept Paul and Silas out of jail. He could have kept the three Hebrew children out of the fiery furnace but God has never promised to keep us out of hard places. What he has promised is to go with us through every hard place, and to bring us through victoriously. Merv Rosell

Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, None of them can by any means redeem his brother.. Psalm 49:6,7a Money will buy a bed but not sleep, books but not brains, food but not appetite, finery but not beauty, medicine but not health, luxury but not culture, amusement but not happiness, a crucifix but not a Saviour, a temple of religion but not heaven. Henrik Ibsen, 1828–1906

No man can . give to God a ransom for another - the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough - that he should live on forever and not see decay. Psalm 49:7-9 Salvation is the work of God for man; it is not the work of man for God. Lewis Sperry Chafer

For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others. Psalm 49:10 Gold gets into the one man’s veins - quenching his early dreams and enthusiasms, closing his heart to all that is noble and generous, puffing him up with a false sense of Importance, and laying upon him the dreadful responsibility of misused and selfishly employed possessions. Another man, tried in the same fashion, out of his wealth makes for himself friends that welcome him into everlasting habitations, and lays up for himself treasures in heaven. The one man is damned and the other man is saved by their use of the same thing. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

(Man’s) inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names. Psalm 49:11 The point of being heavenly minded is so that you can be of some earthly good. Dr. Tony Evans, 1950ish- Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, President, Urban Alternative

I'm going to take December and January off - Have a wonderful Spirit-filled Christmas and happy new year.