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  • John T. Polk II 11:53 am on 2016-01-20 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dishonest, lottery,   

    1-18-2016 Lottery Fever 

    After a few “winning” tickets have claimed prize money from millions who donated their ticket money out of their limited funds, it would be good to review what a Wise Man has said. “An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end” (Proverbs 20:21 NKJV). The faster we get it, the quicker it leaves. The list of “The Wealthiest People in America” seldom, if ever, includes a lottery winner! “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase” (Proverbs 13:11 NKJV). A good, steady job is worth more than dishonest gain. “Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend” (Proverbs 19:4 NKJV). Friends, relatives, riotous living, and “good causes” rain from the sky upon lottery winners, because many will help you spend what they don’t have! Truly, “riches are not forever” (Proverbs 27:24 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-12 Permalink | Reply
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    (#153) The Proverbs of Solomon 21:5-Hurry Up And Lose 

    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 21:5: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”

    Work, hard work, and plenty of it is the only way to true wealth. Though God could have Created “the heavens and the earth” instantaneously, He used 6 days to establish a work ethic for humankind (Genesis 1:1-2:3). His example established the principle of daily work, which He commanded in the Law of Moses: “”Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed” (Exodus 23:12); and in the Law of Christ: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). “Steadfast” and “immovable” are the characteristics of “steady” and “sure.” The Apostle Paul obeyed God’s work ethic to support his preaching of the Gospel: “For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9). Other proverbs emphasize this principle: “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men” (Proverbs 22:29); “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations. When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, The lambs will provide your clothing, And the goats the price of a field; You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food, For the food of your household, And the nourishment of your maidservants” (Proverbs 27:23-27).

    The other side of this is found in the common phrase, “haste makes waste.” ALL shortcuts, fast tracks, or quick remedies will fail. There is no gambling game, lottery, raffle, pool, sweepstake, betting, or bookmaking that substitutes for diligent, daily, hard work, either in personal satisfaction or security. “An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end” (Proverbs 20:21). Second generation fortunes seldom survive; most lottery winners squander their monies; those on an unearned government dole can lose it on a whim; gamblers are generally just contributing their bets to someone else’s jackpot! No one has ever thought of a scheme that betters God’s principle of satisfying work! Solomon will later say: “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep” (Ecclesiastes 5:12). He then explains: “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20).

    Keeping busy is the work of God which He rewards, but hastening to be rich will fail. Do you want to hurry up and lose?

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 9:03 am on 2014-01-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , lottery, , oppressing the poor, ,   

    You’re Nothing but a Number to the Lottery 

    I listened to a story on the radio the other day about the “strength” of the Tennessee State Lottery, which, by the way, actually has a “Duck Dynasty” scratch off game. But anyways, according to the story the Tennessee State Lottery is “enjoying” the strongest growth among all state lotteries in the ole’ US of A. Truth be told, the state lottery made $1.37 billion in a downturned, struggling 2013 Tennessee economy. Yup! Pretty interesting; or should I say pretty sad?

    The interview eventually included a few audio quotes given by the lottery’s commissioner/president/CEO/boss, who actually has an award named after her by the Public Gaming Research Institute, giving her point of view of the financially booming lottery system in Tennessee. In one of the quotes she bragged about how every state lottery, three in total, that she began and maintained with her “leadership” experienced growth – all 28 years in a row. You could hear the joy and excitement and pride in her voice.

    But to me there should be no joy or no excitement or no pride about the “achievements” of any state lottery. It’s nothing but a predatory system that preys off of the poor. Study after study has revealed that the neighborhoods and communities with the lowest median income have the highest rates of sales for the lottery systems. But yet the system shows no shame, only reminding people to “play responsibly” and to call the toll-free number listed on the back if they think they have a problem.

    Well I have a problem! I have a problem with people making hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars by taking 2 and 3 dollars at a time out of the pockets of the impoverished and impressionable people who are constantly pounded with the importunities of the lottery’s TV and radio commercials! They incessantly present wining as easy and as a dream come true. And they’re right to one extent – people are dreaming if they think they’re going to get rich off of playing the lottery.

    Some may say, “But Eugene, the lottery awards money to its winners and in the grand scheme of things it’s all for the children and their education.” To that I say, “Garbage!” The lottery worries about nothing other than itself. People are nothing but a number in the system. Numbers that must be maintained so salaries can be filled; and I’m talking about salaries that the average lottery player wishes they could win! And education? If the state was so concerned about education then they could do more with the money that they tax the people with already!

    The average person who plays the lottery isn’t thinking about the education of others. They aren’t interested in going to school – they’re getting schooled every time they buy a ticket. And it’s a lesson in economics that the system is willing to teach over and over and over to people who won’t learn.

    Lotteries are all about the numbers, and the numbers don’t lie – the lotteries are in it for the money, not for you!

    He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.” (Proverbs 22:16)

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  • Eugene Adkins 2:27 pm on 2012-09-30 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Desire Riches, , , lottery,   

    Should A Christian Gamble? 

    Gambling is a topic that should be taken more seriously than the way some Christians take it. Some look at it as an optional activity that is left up to the individual, but the Bible teaches otherwise.

    Yes, I know that you can’t find any scripture that condemns gambling specifically, but you better believe that the scriptures condemn the principles that surround it as well as the ones that it produces.

    A person is right when they say, “Thou shalt not gamble” isn’t found in the Old Testament but God taught His people in Leviticus 19:36 to “…have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin (measuring devices).” Gambling is inherently deceptive. It makes you think that you have a better chance at winning than what you really do. The only thing honest about gambling is that it is honestly meant to take your money.

    Not even when you read through the New Testament letters will you find one time that any writer specifically tells you not to gamble, but you will read scriptures that warn against greed, covetousness and other fleshly desires to gain material wealth and their reward (1st Corinthians 6:10; Ephesians 4:19 and 1st Timothy 6:9).

    Gambling is a not so harmless “game” and vacuum that millions get sucked into every year. Have you ever noticed that the gambling industry rarely uses the word “gambling”??? They call it gaming. That sounds harmless doesn’t it?  Pick the right horse or play the game of chance they say. Hmmm. It is amazing what some people will leave up to luck. By the way, how well did that “luck” work out for the rabbit?

    Untold numbers of people end up at the end of their rope seeking help from the 1-800 numbers found around every gambling based city and on the back of lottery tickets. When you must have the Alcoholic’s Anonymous equivalent organization called Gambler’s Anonymous around to help people who are suffering and damaging themselves, not to mention the untold damage to their families, how can anyone call gambling harmless?

    State based lotteries have gambling down to thier own art form. I wish these lotteries would show the pictures of all the people who bought tickets and lost as much as they do the winners. But everybody likes a winner, right? Imagine how much money the lottery organization actually took in to be able to give that winner’s amount much away. After all, they have bills to pay too!

    At the end of the day, is it any wonder that the “gambling capital” of America is also known as “sin-city?” Now do I really have to answer the above title or do you get the point?  EA

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:47 am on 2012-04-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , lottery   

    The Tennessean carried a picture of Managua, Nicaraguan peasants combing through tons of trash and garbage trying to find a lost lottery ticket. It is worth 6 million cordobas, about $1300. A restaurant worker threw away his ticket thinking it was out of date, but it wasn’t. It was later drawn. There seems to be no limit to what some folk will do for money. The amount of the money doesn’t seem to make much difference. Some have been shot down in cold blood for as little as pocket change. Satan’s lie that the key to happiness is a fat billfold continues to enjoy success. They think that if they can just “get ahead”, then they can kick back and enjoy life. So they work two or three jobs for a few more dollars. But often what they sacrifice in loss of intimacy in their marriage or time with their children is not worth what is gained. The best is traded away for the good. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • Ed Boggess 6:54 am on 2010-09-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , lottery, Martin   

    Lucky? – JAM 

    The New York State Lottery had to suspend play on the number 3569 on December 27, 1989, because it had been played by too many people. Why was it so popular? Gamblers are always looking for some lucky number and this was the number of the license plate on the truck New York Yankees manager Billy Martin was killed in days earlier. I wonder how they figured it was a lucky number; it certainly wasn’t for Martin. Incidentally, it was not a winner. The fact is our number will one day come up, and the question then will be, are you prepared? Whether by accident or sickness or natural causes death comes to each of us. Are you ready?  This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
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