This phrase is emblazoned across a historic arch in downtown Modesto, and is very much the slogan of the city. We examine each word in turn in a Biblical light and see the contrast between the world’s concepts of these matters and those we find in the word of God.

Unbelievers are challenged to exchange the purely earthly goals that they may have for these greater, spiritual ones.

Believers are warned against adopting the world’s goals and values when they have living waters, heavenly riches, the secret of contentment in all circumstances and the promise of the redemption of their bodies - the spiritual remedy for our physical problems.


Simon Chase

Simon is pastor at Gillingham Baptist Church, in the UK (

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