Greed?

28 10 2008

I first want to thank Dave Ramsey for making me think about this – we have been talking about the “greed” of the wealthy but what about “envy”.  You see we Americans are guilty of both.  We are not content with what we have – I don’t make a ton of money and have been leaving within my means since May 2007 (that means no credit care use).  I have never felt freer.  I have been able to be content with what I have.  Is one of the reasons why Americans are so needing a change is that they have been living above their means?  Is  the reason why  Americans have so many foreclosures is that people bought homes that they could not afford? (I am not saying the lenders are not guilty – they are).  The problem is that when you seek to keep up with Jones you are going to get burned. 

Now, I really am going to step on toes.  What about those people who really do need help?  What about those people whose life has taken a toll?   I am guilty of not helping more – as a Christian I should do more – I may not have money but I have time and that is valuable to feed the needy, to donate clothes to shelters.  I think it is the churches job – I heard someone use Acts 4 as a reason for government to be involved and I find that sort of funny.  We think we can bring God into society when it fits our agenda – however it is the churches job to choose life, it is the churches job to help the poor and needy, it is the individuals responsibility and when we get moving incredible things can happen.  Peter did say “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  I applaud the Democrats for emphasizing the second part but can’t they do that without government intervention?  I applaud Republicans for valuing traditional values such as protecting the life of the unborn and protecting the way God created marriage?  I think we as Christians emphasize one part of what God says.  Are we Christians so polluted by the world that we don’t hear God and what he desires?  Do we give like we ought to give?  What if we actually did give a tithe – what could happen? Imagine the possibilities…our God is capable of more than we can ask or imagine…

 

Just some thoughts….

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Morning reading

26 10 2008

As I am reading through Ephesians during my quiet time.  I not only study it but reread it to see what God has to say to me for that day and a verse in Chapter 2 struck me and am so thankful especially since I have gone through a rough patch the last few days – “for through him we both have access to the Father by one spirit.”  The amazing thing is that I have access to the Father.  I can tell him  my praises, my thanks, my sins, and yes my hurts, my frustrations, my hang ups, my being historical with things going on in my life (yes, I used the right word there – historical).  I thought of another verse – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ”  God is my refuge.

As a side note, this morning at Westside was very moving and the spirit was at work in numerous lives.  My heart included I didn’t realize that I had some forgiving to do – not the obvious forgiving but the reaction by some caused me to distance myself – to question me being there – I was ready to give up and walk out of Westside and yet I heard a quiet voice saying stick this out and I know why now.  Does it mean that what I do there will remain the same?  No.  Will I keep listening to God and hear his direction? Yes.  I am involved in the preschool ministry – could there be a change coming? Yes, I am seeking Christ.





AN AMERICAN CREED

25 10 2008

An American Creed

I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.
I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

By Dean Alfange

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*Originally published in This Week Magazine.
Later printed in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954.

The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of 1922.

Found this on Dave Ramsey’s website.





Evening Reading

21 10 2008

Ephesians 1

 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,  To the saints in Ephesus,the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace  that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

That’s good news – isn’t it???





Where’s your treasure

17 10 2008

As we wind down this campaign thankfully, I was thinking yesterday in midst of disappointment in facing at least 2 years of democratic control of congress and president.  I thought of my hope – where do I put my hope?  I was talking to my counselor and mentor yesterday about this in life as she read II Corinthians 1: 8-10.  Am I putting my hope in a presidential hopeful?  Can politicians make that big of difference in light of eternity?  What can these guys do that will affect eternity? NOTHING.  I am so thankful that Barack Obama and John McCain are not the one and my heart and treasure is in Christ.  Although I have to post some pretty funny videos from a dinner last night:





Blessing Others

16 10 2008

I heard Part 2 of the new series at Westside today.  It was on blessing others.  The main points were:

  1. Jesus wants to bless people
  2. Jesus wants to use me to bless others.
  3. Jesus will test my availability to bless others
  4. Jesus will mutiply my blessing.
  5. Jesus will use my blessings to draw others to himself.

 

So who in my and your life do we need to bless?  How am I going to do it?

This was taken from John 6.  I was sick Sunday so I was ready to hear the message from Sunday – I have felt disconnected this week – missing church and missing Life Group was not great this week.  I love them both.





More Obama concerns

16 10 2008

So we are 19 days out of the election and it looks like Obama is in control of the election.  I just have some concerns about Obama:

  • The idea that Obama wants to “spread the wealth” around – I don’t make $250,000 a year and yet I find this very scary.  I DON’T WANT A GOVERNMENT HAND OUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • The idea that Obama will be appointing court justices – justices that could keep killing innocent  unborn babies and justices that can legalize gay marriages
  • The fact that Obama supporters have  played the race card numerous times
  • The fact that Obama is the darling of the media has me concerned – it reminds me of Clinton whose policies might have worked but character while in office was horrible. 

I love my country and am concerned with nationalized health care and nationalized education. Personally, Government is NOT the solution and definitely making government bigger and in control of more in your life.  What happened to working for the right to go to college?  What happened to putting off going to college earning money so you can go or better yet going to a community college so you can get a scholarship?   I am not in love with McCain but at least he won’t cause government to be more intrusive.  I don’t trust Obama – bottom line.