1. The Great Reversal
    10 Dec, 2018
    The Great Reversal
    He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. Luke 1:51-53  There is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelly that almost always gives me pause and brings me to the point of pensive reflection. The poem is Ozymandias. If you haven't hear of this poem before, it describes a broken statue of
  2. The Love of Money
    06 Jun, 2018
    The Love of Money
    For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:10 Years ago, when I was a middle school music teacher, I had a student who told me about the song, It's All About the Benjamins by Puff Daddy.  I wasn't the hip, with it guy you've grown to know and love back then, so I had no idea what he was talking about. "Benjamins?" I asked.  "What's that?" The student smiled
  3. One for the Money
    28 Feb, 2018
    One for the Money
    And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.  So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.  For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.  2 Corinthians 8:10-12 When I was a child, my dad would sometimes come into the room in the morning singing . .
  4. Are You Rich?
    20 Feb, 2018
    Are You Rich?
    Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.  Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.  Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.  You
  5. Giving
    12 Jul, 2017
    Giving
    The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all contentment in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Most of us don't like it when churches talk about giving money. I remember in college
  6. How to Think About Riches
    07 Dec, 2016
    How to Think About Riches
    As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.    1 Timothy 6:17-19 The funny thing about passages like this one is that most of us think it's not