Love or Greed

“Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ Jesus replied, ‘Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” – Luke 12:13-15 Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which has been called “The Day of Love.” For a holiday that’s all about celebrating such an amazing, intangible virtue, it’s interesting that it has become, to many, a day of stuff. A consumerist world has taught us that expressing love is about spending lots of money on gifts, flowers, and expensive meals more than it is simply being present with those we care about. Unfortunately, greed has gained a foothold in our culture, and if we are not careful, our expectation of material things can ruin

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A Tribute to God

“In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering — fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.” – Genesis 4:3-5 Many of us are familiar with the story of Cain and Abel, but even so, it can be a bit confusing. After all, if Cain was a farmer and brought fruit and crops to the Lord as an offering, why was his gift rejected? To shed light on this happening, I think it’s important to understand that the term translated offering here could more accurately be translated tribute. The Hebrew word is minchah, and it denotes a present

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

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More about money…

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.” -Hebrews 13:5a There is a great song called “Bittersweet Symphony.” It’s one of those songs that every musician wishes he wrote. And there’s this line that drives the chorus: “‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life. Try to make ends meet. You’re a slave to money, then you die.” People feel that way. However, as believers, we don’t have to feel that way; we don’t have to be stuck in the money trap. Are you ready for this? There are over twenty-two hundred references in the Bible that discuss money and possessions. That’s three times as many references to money than to love. That’s seven times as many references to money than to prayer. That’s eight times as many references to money than to belief. Money comprises fifteen percent of the Bible. One fifth of

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