After Jesus had fed the five thousand, and had been seen by His disciples walking on the storm-tossed sea, a large crowd descended on Him. They were eager to "accomplish the works of God." But Jesus knew these newcomers were pursuing Him for the wrong reason. They had misinterpreted the messianic prophecies and had assumed that He was about to establish an earthly dynasty, a powerful and prosperous kingdom where His followers would be greatly blessed. They believed in what some now call the "prosperity Gospel" . . . Continue Reading: "Redefining Success." Ten Signs You Are A Success
Starting today, in what ways can you refresh your spirit and deepen your relationship with the Lord? Don’t over-think it – the way Nicodemus did. Just accept the fact that you can be “born again in the spirit” and make a list of things you want to change about yourself. Then ask the Lord to help you. Here are ten signs that you are born anew . . . Continue reading: "Ten Signs You Are A Success." Choose Your Favorite Success Quote
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Jesus' Attitude About Money Jesus attitude about money is best expressed in the Lord's Prayer when He instructs us to pray for "our daily bread." In other words, Jesus preached a life of moderation in which our basic needs are met by a loving, provident God. Studies show that 80 percent of us consider ourselves middle class, neither rich nor poor. In other words, we believe we are living a life of moderation. But are we?
Rampant consumerism has led many families to amass crushing debt burdens in pursuit of the good life. Yet, as MasterCard readily acknowledges in its advertising, "There are somethings that money can't buy." One of them is peace of mind . . . Continue reading: "Jesus' Attitude About Money." Poor Little Rich Man “But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted and thou art in anguish.” (Luke 16: 19-31)
In a 2008 survey conducted by Baylor Unversity, 27 percent of the Americans polled said Hell does not exist. Yet, throughout the New Testament Jesus spoke about Hell 70 times. He stressed it is a real and fearful place. And, in Luke 16: 19-31, He used a parable to emphasize that we can't afford to be complacent about where we will spend eternity
The rich man in the parable was so abundantly blessed that he just assumed the Lord's favor would rest on him for all eternity. After all, he might have reasoned, he didn't do anything wrong. He didn't lie, cheat, steal or kill anyone. He simply enjoyed the good life. . . . Continue reading: "Poor Little Rich Man."
Rule of Thumb
"Ultimately the only real measure of success is faithfulness to God, yourself and your calling in society." (Eric Coggins)
Success and Happiness Go Hand-in-Hand When The Other Hand Is Reaching Out to the Needy Bob Larranaga “It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19: 23-30) Most of us would agree that we are not among the super rich, who Jesus seemed to be speaking about. But we wouldn’t mind being put to the test – if only the Lord would shower us with riches, we’d show Him what good stewards we’d make. But not so fast. The stewardship test includes a trick question. You see, surveys show that our definition of wealth is only loosely related to our net worth. When the rich are asked how wealthy they are, most of them say they are just “middle class;” and that includes many of the five million households with a net worth of $1 million to $10 million.
O.K., so maybe some of those millionaires are a little misguided. But what about the rest of us? Is it possible that we, too, are wealthier than we think? To leave a comment or continue reading more about stewardship, visitthe Blog Archive.
"Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed." (Proverbs 16:3)