Jesus would not be riding a donkey?

I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. Think about that for a minute. He’d be in an aeroplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”

I don’t think he was seeking the kind of airtime he is getting, but a certain “televangelist” sure is making news headlines all over the world. Perhaps he should have thought for more than a minute about what he was going to say, ask for … and attribute to God!

Using “what Jesus would ride” if he were here? To justify a $54,000,000 jet!

I’ll tell you one thing that I know Jesus wouldn’t do – he wouldn’t devour houses to satisfy a covetous nature disguised as an answered prayer and some supposed test of faith! (Matthew 23:13-15; Luke 12:14-20)

“He told me: ‘Jesse, you want to come up to where I’m at?’ He said: ‘Before you ask, I’ll answer: Isaiah 65:24.’ He said: ‘I want you to believe me for a Falcon 7X.’” He said he then wondered how he was going to pay for the jet, then claimed God told him: “Jesse, I didn’t ask you to pray for it. I asked you to believe for it.”

That’s sad.

Whether we realize or not, this kind of behavior does damage to the truth of the gospel. It will not mock God but it does mock the truth and tarnishes it in the eye’s of the general public. Some people know better but it still provides fodder for the religion resenting groups of the world, and I understand why.

Using Jesus to justify the purchase of jet makes as much sense as using Jesus to justify eating lobster!

I don’t think Jesus had a problem riding with beautiful horses when he rode a donkey into Jerusalem. No, I think he was more concerned with doing the Father’s will, identifying himself through the fulfillment of scripture, and displaying a spiritual nature that cannot and will not be identified through the impressive possessions of the world.

Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”” (Mark 12:28-44 NKJV)

#false-teachers, #greed

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(#36) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:7-8-Why “Beg Trouble?”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:7: “When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes.”

The “expectation,” or “hope,” of a “wicked man” is driven by worldly lust and greed. Death slams the door on those expectations. Jesus described it thusly: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully…[so he said to himself] ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry’” (Luke 12:15-20). Job asked the question: “For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?” (Job 27:8) If life in this world is all there is to hope for, that is, “If the dead do not rise, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32). The righteous, however, have hope beyond this life: “The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish” (Proverbs 14:11).

Proverbs 11:8: “The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.”

Often, people focus on bad things that happen to good people, and ignore the times when bad people end up being punished by the very things they intended to do to the good people! Another proverb says: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27). Some Bible examples of God sparing the righteous and punishing the wicked in their own snare are: the Egyptian Pharaoh’s army vanquished in the Red Sea they thought trapped the Israelites (Exodus 14); Haman, the Agagite, was hanged on his own gallows instead of Mordecai, and Esther saved the Jews (Esther 7-9); government officials thrown in the lions’ den Daniel had been spared from (Daniel 6); soldiers’ lives taken after Peter released from prison (Acts 12:1-19). Truly “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:9).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bad-things-happen-to-bad-people, #bible-study, #god, #good-people-spared, #greed, #hope, #hypocrite, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #righteous, #wicked, #wisdom, #worldly-lust

How much money do you need to be…

How much money do you need to be happy? Princeton University economist Angus Deaton researched the question and answers that people who earn $75,000 a year have reached a plateau beyond which more money has no effect on day-to-day contentment. That may be, but the Proverbs says, “the leech has two daughters, More and More” and the next verse says, “there are three things that are never satisfied and four that never say “enough”. I have reached the conclusion that when it comes to money, contentment has little to do with the amount one has and everything to do with the importance one puts on accumulating it. Indeed, the love on money is a root of all kinds of evil. This is Just-A-Minute.

#greed, #just-a-minute

Why do suppose they call it Black Friday…

Why do suppose they call it Black Friday? Does someone have a prejudice against this particular Friday? Maybe it is called that for its rude, discourteous ‘free-for-all’ beginning each year. Whatever the reason it has taken on this moniker! The news last night showed people camped out in front of store fronts so as to be first in line when the Black Friday doors are opened to shopping. And now some stores have moved Friday into Thursday afternoon! Each store thinks another will have an edge if one opens before the other. The Almighty Dollar rules! The stores are looking for profit, the customers are seeking deals, the banks are carding credit, and Funds are hedging for upswing. It is called Capitalism. It is America’s faith! It is a system that feeds on greed and grows on covetousness. Ads constantly pummel one’s subconscious until even the most contented find themselves full of desires. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1). Any house the Lord does not build, is a house of cards. This watchman heralds: any people that vote billfold over Bible, purse-strings over principles, Mammon over morality, finance over family and economics over ethics is a people ripe for judgment!
• Luke 12:15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
• Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; v 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
I find it interesting that Paul grouped covetousness with sexual sins: fornication and uncleanness. Fornication here is sexual immorality and uncleanness describes any sin related to sexual immorality that might not be formally grouped with it. It would do each of us well to know our hearts and “take heed and beware of covetousness.” For “let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5).

#black-friday, #capitalism, #greed, #just-a-minute

Here’s a Few Randomly Ordered Thoughts

I’m going to “borrow” one of Randal’s post themes to share a few thoughts with you this morning:

I have bought my last bag of Oreo’s! Don’t know why? Google “Oreo and Controversy” and you’ll probably find out real quick. I’ll do just fine with the generic version of the cookie.

A young man came walking through the county I live in the other day while carrying a cross (on wheels of course). He had decided to walk from Texas to Washington D.C. to draw attention to the nation’s behavior and to raise money for missions that were important to him. The local radio station caught up with him to ask him what was going on. In the interview he said when he got to D.C. that he was going to hold a prayer service and pray that the nation’s leaders would listen with their heart and make the right choices. I’m not knocking the young man’s intentions, there are several things admirable about them, but the whole reason that America is suffering from some of the problems we have is that our leaders are already listening with their own hearts instead of listening to God’s word! (see also 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Daniel 5:18-28 and Proverbs 13:34)

I love being a father. My first child has taught me two things. Lesson One: I can understand how some parents could want to have 7 children! Lesson Two: I can understand how some parents could want to stop at one! 🙂

I saw a story about a couple who tore down a $4.2 million mansion just so they could have a better view! I don’t know about you, but it sounds like they’re doing better than all right in this economy. I can think of a Bible verse or two that describes the foolishness of such behavior too.

Want to know a simple way to make your wife smile guys? Put supper up in the fridge when they cooked enough for leftovers on purpose, but they’ve forgotten about it because they’re doing “little things” like bathing and dressing and feeding and putting your child to bed. She got up this morning and remembered that she didn’t put up the food, only to find that “super-man” had saved her day. Maybe I should have referred to myself as “supper-man” instead. I love being married. My wife and her family have helped me in ways that I can’t even explain.

I’ll be back with a sermon outline for Psalm 71 in my next post. It’ll be the “bare bones” but I promise it’ll help you preach the text (one worth preaching I might add) without a problem.

#america, #greed, #marriage, #politics, #random-thoughts

We say, ‘Come;’ God says, ‘Go!’

Our good brother Don Petty died last night. He and his wife Sylvia participated most recently in the Lewisville TX congregation. I’ve asked Jeff Jenkins to write up an obituary for BrotherhoodNews.com. Don worked in Iran when the Shah ruled.

• Jeremiah Tatum has a good reminder about “Where Visitors Go to Die,” in a new Bulletin Digest article. Have you ever been in a church that ignored you? Most of us have, unfortunately. And were more than ready to get out. Reckon the Lord thinks that way too?

• It’s a shame American churches (and others, of course) depend mostly upon their Sunday meetings for evangelism. They’re so ineffective. Not what the Lord intended, at all, to be church building- and preacher-centered. We say, “Come;” he says, “Go!”

• A quote, from the last issue of our Brazilian magazine, on Phil 4:13, which says, “for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God” (NET). The quote, my translation: “The Lord works in the inside and on the outside. He it is who makes things happen, even within us.”

• A translation item: In Portuguese the preposition for “in” and “on” is one and the same: em. The preposition is the most hairy part of language, to my mind. No rhyme or reason in their use. You just have to learn their contextual meanings. More so than other parts of language, it seems. A slavish literalism in translation has to go into denial when dealing with prepositions.

• How about a parting quote? From The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln. “A penny honestly earned is hard to part with. But man must learn to control his greed. For ’tis a universal proverb, ‘Stinginess never enriches and measured generosity never makes one poor.’ To everything there is a time—a time to get money and a time to give.”

#church-visitors, #don-petty, #greed, #translation-of-prepositions

Will it be a single dip or a…

Will it be a single dip or a double-dip? I’m not talking about ice- cream, I’m talking about our economy. We are struggling to survive one of the worst recessions our nation has ever experienced. It is a time that begs for compassion and sympathy for those who suffer most, especially among those who have been affected least. Yet, while families lose their jobs and homes and are left on the street, corporate fat-cat executives, some of whom were bailed out by tax-payer money, vote themselves huge year-end bonuses while frolicking at opulent resorts on corporate expense. “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” I have an idea that the hottest and deepest level of hell is reserved for these avaricious self-indulgent pompous ingrates. This is Just-A-Minute

#economy, #greed, #just-a-minute

Edifier: Love of money

There are many, many things which can distract us and lead us away from what is really important in life. There is the desire for popularity and involvement in worldly things which should not be part of the Christian’s life and we give in to the temptation. There are many other things and people that become obstacles in our way of living for Jesus.

Do you know what is the greatest hindrance that most people confront in living for the Lord? It is the love of MONEY. The apostle Paul knew this and warned us in 1 TIM. 6:6-19 of the dangers which accompany riches. He did not say that it is wrong to want money nor to have money. But, he did say that the ‘love of money is the root of all evil.’ He also told Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” Can you see that money is not wrong, but our attitude toward money and our use of money is often a great liability in our service to the Lord? I believe that if you have the ability to make money that is good and you should use that ability, but only in a way that gives glory and honor to God.

I pray that you will not allow your need and your hunger for money to cause you to stumble in your relationship with God. That is not a profit, it is a loss. I have known many Christians in America as well as in Romania who at least think that they are so desperate that they allow their need and their desire for money to blind them to the blessings and responsibilities of serving God. Surely it would be better to die a pauper and be right with God, than to die with much material wealth and be poor in our relationship with God. Think about it.

May God bless and keep you this week. We rejoice with the baptism of Ema Tiodor last Saturday and pray for a long and fruitful life for her in the Lord. We love you and miss you.

With Much Love,

Ted & Barbara

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THE EDIFIER

I Corinthians 14:26

“Let all things be done unto edifying”

An E-Letter from Ted and Barbara Knight to EDIFY our Brothers and Sisters in Romania

August 15, 2011

#greed, #love-of-money, #materilaism, #wealth

Simple living – JAM

44-year-old Russian math genius, Grigory Perelman, recently said no to the prestigious one million dollar “Millennium” mathematics prize awarded by the Clay Institute in Cambridge, Maine. He had solved the one-hundred-year-old Poincaré conjecture, one of the most complicated mathematical problems in the world – so complex that it took several years for other experts to confirm he was correct. Perelman is quite content to live in a humble St. Petersburg apartment and care for his mother. In our greedy self-centered society, it might do us well to consider that happiness does not depend on possessions. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#greed, #just-a-minute, #pride

In general, men are ungrateful and fickl…

In general, men are ungrateful and fickle, dissemblers, avoiders of danger and greedy of gain.

Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine dramatist, political analyst and adviser (1469-1527)

#avoid, #danger, #dissemblers, #fickle, #gain, #general, #greed, #men, #ungrateful