Category: Religion / Religious

Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 6:20 (NIV)

But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

Luke 6:24 (NIV)

In the 1967 film, The Producers, Max Bialystock shouts, “That’s it, baby, when you’ve got it, flaunt it! Flaunt it!” We live in a culture that has taken that advice to heart and run with it. Most people who are financially well off have the cars, houses, and lifestyles to prove it. Those blessed with good health and are physically fit are more likely to dress in ways that show off their bodies than those who might be overweight and struggle with keeping fit. Anyone on social media will notice those who have lots of followers over those who do not. Indeed, there are many ways in which someone can be rich or poor and none of them have anything to do with money.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the timeliness of God and it occurs to me I’m not as patient as I’d like to be. Jesus tells us “don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 NLT). However, I find myself spending too much time thinking, not about tomorrow’s tomorrow but the tomorrow of next month or even six months from now. I don’t find myself worrying about what’s to come. Rather, I find myself thinking about what I think God has to do for what I want to see manifest, manifest. Of course, I’m also thinking about what I have to do as well. I’ve heard it said that if you’re going to worry then don’t pray and if you’re going to pray then don’t worry. As I consider all of this I can’t help but have a couple of questions. Is it possible we can worry sometimes and not realize it? What does it mean to be in continual prayer?

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The Bible has a lot to say about money. From the warning that money is the root of all kinds of evil to admonishing people not to take bribes, the Bible’s got it covered. We know that money can buy lots of things and for those who have it in the greatest abundance, there’s almost nothing that they can’t buy. Forbes magazine reported in January of 2021 that the number of Billionaires in the world reached an unprecedented number of 2,755. That’s 660 more from 2020 with 493 new billionaires! (Forbes) In a time when so many people have lost their lives, family members, jobs, houses, etc. one might wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”

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Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 3:8 (NIV)

I love my pastor. He’s an awesome man of God, and he’s funny too. He cares a lot about his flock and wants to make sure everyone under his care goes to Heaven. When I read this verse today from Luke about John the Baptist and his response to all of the people coming to be baptized I thought of something I’ve heard my pastor say about going to church, “Going to church doesn’t mean you’re saved any more than standing in a garage makes you a Buick.” I think there are two types of people who go to church. People who want to be there and people who don’t. I wonder then, why do people go to church if they don’t want to be there?

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