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RICH PEOPLE BE MADE AWARE


                                                                   James 5:1-9

The Lord of Host takes seriously his children which labor in love and cry out to him. The Lord loves the poor and reminds us throughout scripture to remember them always. Jesus said, “the poor ye shall have with thee always.” This statement does not negate the responsibility the believer has of working toward ridding the world of poverty, but is a challenge to make it as minimal as possible.

James asks “the rich to weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon them. 2Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3Your 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. 4Behold, 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.”

            When you cry out, make sure the Lord is the first recipient of your cry. He alone sets up a leader and removes another. Yes! He will use people to do all of his work, but work in your favor is directed by your acknowledgment and prayer to him. The Lord is your help and not the government. The Lord will place whomever the people cry for in office. The people in the Old Testament wanted Saul to be their king like the other nations and God told them he would enslave them and make them work for him and his kingdom, they cried to the Lord and God gave Samuel the commission to anoint Saul to become king and he did. The story goes on and Saul does exactly what God said he would do, which was to place the people in bondage. You hold the keys in your mouth and in your actions.

James continues saying to the rich “5You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.”

It is important that you remain patient in the process. Be patient until the coming of the Lord. The coming of the Lord is at hand. Remember do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged; behold the Judge (Jesus) is standing at the door.

*Note – God is responsible for working poor people, the Bible says wages, which are not received if you are not working. As an example, fraud would be McDonalds paying workers $6.00 dollars an hour when the company’s profit in 2009 is 1.26 billion and money given away freely  to someone who will not work and is able to work, the Bible (2 Thessalonians 3:10) says “that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Solution: Stop giving away free money to those who can work and choose to be lazy and will not work. Pay those who are working, more money, especially places like McDonalds, Target, Wal-Mart etc. It’s easy, if businesses cannot afford to increase the salary, which I highly doubt, have the government take the money they would use on welfare and add this to the worker at McDonalds. Everyone has their proper gift and we do not all have the same IQ do not punish those with lower IQ’s and this is not an insult, because I am among the lower IQ, this is simply a solution that has Biblical backing. This way more people will choose to work and with more working the economy grows as more spend. If I can receive more money sitting at home than working something is wrong (not including the retired population).

If this speaks to you or you have something to add to make this more plenary please comment.

The Importance of Good Exegesis

The first most important reason for doing good exegesis is the Bible’s command for it. The scriptural reference for the biblical command for good exegesis is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 written in the 21st Century KJV “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This admonition is a result of the mission given by God for preachers and teachers to subvert hearers to the gospel of Jesus Christ and not things which vainly puff up the minds of the hearers.

Jesus leaving words where “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” The preaching of the gospel is of most importance and rightly dividing the word for the subverting of hearers is extremely important. I recall one day while my friend and I were witnessing on division street in Biloxi Mississippi, him badgering this one guy about the gospel of Jesus Christ and he went into arguing and the situation escalated and I was angry, because I recalled the scripture in Titus 3:9-11“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”

We spent considerable time with someone who was not worthy of our time and took this time away from someone who would have been more profitable to preach to. Notice how Jesus spends quick moments with the Pharisees and considerable time with the people he healed, delivered and set free, like the multitudes at the mount.

The second most important reason for doing good exegesis is the nature of the Bible demands it. Recorded in the instructor notes “Peter tells us himself that Paul’s letter “contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). A verse that I struggled with personally and not something I taught was Romans 13:8 “Own no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” I do not like debt. Many individuals say they do not like debt yet they have no trouble sleeping with $2000 dollars’ worth of credit card debt. The amount mentioned is not a lot but I had this amount and it disrupted my sleep. I used the above verse to mean that I was living in sin with this debt over my shoulders. Did I pay the requested amount every month? Yes I did with a little extra, but it still bothered me. The Holy Spirit convicted me about the verse that my interpretation was in error, so I began looking into what others had gleaned from this verse. I found many hold to the view I held as this appears to be the best interpretation looking at the text out of context and literally.

Good exegesis showed me that the text refers to paying government taxes and that the obligation of a contract is what is required in this passage and that the debt of love is so high that the payoff compared to what Christ did on the cross is not possible while on the earth. This gave me peace at night and the power of condemnation was broken and I was no longer imprisoned by incorrect understanding. As the instructors notes mention “misunderstanding the Bible can be damaging to your own faith, and others whom you teach and or influenced by your ministry.” So because the text is filled with things hard to understand we should take seriously our study of the contents in the original language as well as use other English translations of the Bible, so that while we preach to others we may save ourselves and those who hear us.

Thoughts On: Internet Dating for Christian males and females

dating, marriage

It is my understanding based upon the Bible that man and female from the beginning were both created in the image of God and received blessings from God. From the beginning man was created first and then God brought Eve to Adam after placing him asleep. This  happened ONLY once. Never again does God create man and give him a woman like in the beginning. Now from the beginning the two become one flesh and have offspring. The man is the primary seeker of the hand of the woman through customary gifts to her parents. A tradition still held with some, but nonetheless a tradition. “Whoso findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Prov. 18:22. The order is ideal, but not law. For in the book of Ruth she makes herself available to Boaz by lying at his feet in the middle of the night. A gesture that shows the man she is available for marriage. A movement on the part of the woman, but here the woman must stop and let the man take over. Do not force it. Failure will be certain even if you manage to marry him there will be unnecessary trouble. Esther presented herself before the king by having her body cleaned, perfumed, manicured, and clothed properly. She dressed for the occasion. We fast forward to the 21st century and we enjoy the pleasure called the internet.

A proverbial tank filled with all kinds of fish, some great, some good, and some evil. Women who choose to wait on the Lord by sitting in the house and attending the normal church service, choir and prayer meeting, and work or not waiting on the Lord for a mate. They are just waiting. Men are waiting on women to join Christian dating sites. Faith without works is dead being alone. You must work by filling out your information and allowing yourself to be known. Focus on a paid service to eliminate those who are not serious and become available otherwise, tell individuals you’re not waiting on the Lord, but sometimes like the idea of marriage but enjoy being single better.

MY SIMPLE THOUGHT ON NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth[1]. From here God establishes time. The first day, second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day, sixth day and finally the seventh day and these repeat from the beginning until now. Time is used to establish kings and kingdoms. “TO EVERY thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; further defining found in Ecclesiastes 3:2-8.  

The measurement of time never began with man because all things begin with God. Man may take what God gives and use it wickedly, but time is God’s idea.

We ask ourselves why God? Why give us time? David prays “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is that I may know how frail I am.”[2] Paul tells timothy “the time of my departure (death) is at hand.”[3] Over and again TIME is referred to in the scriptures. The TIME for the birth of the Messiah and the TIME for his triumphant return and so it is with this I end.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the TIME will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;[4]

How do you know time is moving on? HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


[1] Genesis 1:1, KJV

[2] Psalm 39:4, KJV

[3] 2 Timothy 4:6, KJV

[4] 2 Timothy 4:2-3, KJV