Week 48   Day 3



            consider the number of voices you hear in a day 

                        not simply the voices

                        but the messages 


                                    different thoughts

                                    various ideas 


                        comforting and conflicting 

                        commending and condemning 

                        cooperating and competing 

                        consoling and criticizing 


            we are in a continual process 

                        of shaking out and sifting through 

                        of sorting and storing 


                        and it is important that the Holy Spirit

                        be a part of that process 




            scripture reminds us to test the spirit 

                        what we hear 

                        what we respond to 

                                    with the words of Jesus 

                                    with the message of Christ 


                        not feeding our bias 

                        not promoting our prejudice 



                        but to listen to him









                              MONEY AND EVANGELISM

The desire for wealth is contrasted to the desire for eternal life.

                                          I Timothy 5 & 6


    1Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father,

younger men as brothers, 2older women as mothers, younger

women as sisters.  17Let the elders who rule well be counted

worthy of double honor.  18Scripture says, "The laborer is

worthy of his wages."  19Do not receive an accusation against

an elder except from two or three witnesses.   21Observe

these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.

    24Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to

judgment, but those of some men follow later. 

    2Teach and exhort these things.  3 If anyone teaches otherwise

and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of

our Lord, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,

4he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes

and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife,

reviling, evil suspicions, 5useless wrangling of men of corrupt

minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness

is a means of gain.  From such withdraw yourself.

    6Godliness with contentment is great gain.  7We brought

nothing into this world, and we carry nothing out.  8Having

food and clothing, with these we shall be content.  9Those who

desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many

foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and

perdition.  10The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,

for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness,

and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    11But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue

righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 

12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which

you were also called and have confessed the good confession in

the presence of many witnesses.  13 I urge you in the sight of

God who gives life to all things, 14that you keep this charge

without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing.

    17Command those who are rich not to be haughty, nor to

trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives richly

all things to enjoy.  18Let them do good, and be rich in good

works, willing to share, 19storing up for themselves a good

foundation for the time to come, and to lay hold on eternal life. 

    20 O Timothy!  Guard what was committed to your trust,

avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of

what is falsely called knowledge.  Grace be with you.  Amen
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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