Oct 212017
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PA)

Jul 212016
 

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“An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end” (Proverbs 20:21).

What motivates people to gamble or to buy lottery tickets?  Some will tell you it’s the thrill of the game.  Others will say it’s just for fun.

The ones who are really honest will tell you the truth: It’s an opportunity to get a big return for a little investment.  Something for nothing.

Shortcuts to success hold tremendous appeal.

In fact, some folks spend more energy on doomed “get-rich-quick” schemes-

– than they would if they simply resigned themselves to working for a living!

They’re always looking for their big break, the opportunity of a lifetime.  As someone has said, though, “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them!”

Are you obsessed with getting things for nothing? Do you find it hard to be patient until you can afford something? Do you have a tendency to use other people for your own gain? Can you persevere with hard work over a long period of time?

Here’s a fact of life:  Things bought without a cost are usually worth exactly what you pay for them.

Don’t waste your energy looking for shortcuts!

Trust God’s timing.  He’ll see that you get what you need when you’re ready for it.

What might be God’s purpose for making us wait a while for our ship to come in?

Read Up: Hebrews 11:8-16, James 5:7-8.

Jun 212016
 

expect 2From what we get-

– we can make a living! 

From what we give-

– we can make a life!! 

The focus should be on giving rather than on getting.

And that makes all the difference. 

As long as our focus is on-

– getting all we can,

– canning all we get,

– and sitting on that can-

– we’re slaves to our money. 

On the other hand-

When we view money as a tool for accomplishing good-

– then it becomes our servant. 

That attitude frees us to use money as God intended-

– to provide for our needs,

– but also to provide for others. 

Jesus addresses the bottom line.

“You cannot serve God and money” (Matt 6:24). 

Are you the master of your money?

Or is your money your master? 

Master or slave?

The choice is yours!

Mar 152016
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PR)

Pitiful entry into eternal poverty!

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Jan 262016
 
 Tuesday, 26 January 2016 

“Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

An excessive desire, especially for wealth or possessions, is called “greed.”  

You may not realize this.

But greed is as old as time.  

Jesus told the parable of a rich man who had had such a good year that he had run out of places to store his crops and other treasures.

He decided to solve this “problem” by building bigger and bigger barns so he could have a place for all his new stuff.

With all these new riches, he reassured himself that he could take it easy and spend the next few years eating, drinking, and living the good life.  

Sounds pretty enticing, doesn’t it?  

One day he sat back and thought he had everything he needed and much, much more.

Or did he? 

Don’t think so.

I doubt he realized God was getting ready to say to him:

“You fool – didn’t you realize that this very night your soul would will be required of you?” (Luke 12:20).  

This man was too busy hoarding his wealth to realize that it was God who had entrusted him with all that wealth.

In fact, the man was quite sure he had done it all by himself.  

How wrong he was! 

He was rich in the world’s eyes-

– but poor in God’s eyes and it led to a pitiful entry into eternal poverty! 

Life is so short.

It will be over before you know what happened.  

What treasures have you laid up in Heaven as a Christian?  

Remember:

The need to have more than you “need” equals greed.  

There is nothing wrong with having wealth-

– as long as you realize it all really belongs to God and you use it to further His kingdom.  

Being rich in your relationship with God through Jesus Christ – now, that is a richer way to live – forever.   

(PR)