Posts Tagged ‘Poor

31
Jul
17

Showing Kindness To The Poor

One of the biggest political debates of our time, among many, is what to do with the poor and poverty-stricken. What do we do with people who are less fortunate or who have fallen on hard times? Solomon said that we should be kind to them and for a very good reason. He wrote:

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done. – Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Do you show contempt for the poor or do you want to show them kindness? Let’s face it, many of us are closer to being poor than we want to be. If you were to be laid off or if you were to lose your job, you’d be living in the poor house in a matter of months, if not weeks.  So why would we ever show contempt for the poor? Let’s find ways to be kind to them and to give them a hand up. We who have been blessed must recognize that God has been good and generous toward us.  So let’s be generous with our blessings knowing that God will bless us even more when we do.
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03
Jul
17

Rags To Riches

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 16:19-31 and is about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.  The audio quality is a bit lacking due to a software update to Windows 10.

29
Jun
17

Caring For The Poor

There is such a discrepancy between the poor and the wealthy in our world. Hundreds of millions of people have no access to clean water around the world. Hundreds of millions of people live on a mere pittance. We who live in America sit high on the hog and complain about so many things. We show very little concern for those who are poor among our own people let alone those around the world. Proverbs says:

The righteous care about justice for the poor,
    but the wicked have no such concern. – Proverbs 29:7 (NIV)

God cares about the poor and His people should be concerned for them as well. If we who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ will not be concerned for the poor, then who will? We who should not be living for earthly wealth need to be more concerned for eternal matters rather than earthly possessions. We should set the standard for caring for the poor instead of squabbling over whose job it is. We have to do better if we want to be considered truly righteous.
07
Jun
17

Fattening Ourselves

When it comes to things like income inequality and issues of social justice such as clean water, God hears the cries of the oppressed and marginalized. This is what James says:

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.​ – James 5:4-6 (NIV)​

We who have been blessed are to be a blessing to others. That is why God blesses us. It is not for the rich to get richer. It is so that we can bless those who are poor, especially in the church. Rather than fattening ourselves, we need to be aware of the needs of those around us so that we can meet them. This is where faith meets action. God, who is so very generous, blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others through generosity.
09
May
17

A D.O.A. Kind Of Faith

Good Tuesday morning to you! James, in writing about faith and deeds, gives an example of a fellow Christ-follower who is in need. He says:

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

We can talk a good game about loving God and loving people, but if our actions don’t match our words, do we really love them? We can say that we believe until we’re blue in the face, but if we don’t put hands and feet to our faith, do we really believe in the One who served and sacrificed for others? If we don’t do something about our brothers and sisters in need, our faith is dead on arrival. In the church, we must not neglect the poor and needy among us. There will be those who struggle and we need to help them. It’s the proof that our faith is more than just talk.
01
May
17

No Favorites In Church

Jesus said it and James did too, God doesn’t play favorites and neither should we. This is what James said:

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. – James 2:1 (NIV)

James gives the example of two people coming into a gathering of believers. One is obviously wealthy and the other is obviously from the poor side of the tracks. The wealthy believer is shown preferential treatment and the poorer person is not shown the same attention. This should not be the case.
If a church plays favorites, they are directly in violation of God’s commands. God’s grace is the same for all regardless of age, gender, economic status or past. We cannot show favoritism to the wealthy just because they’re on a higher rung of society or to garner some kind of favor from them. We may be tempted to kowtow to the wealthy to fund our ministries or to reach their wealthy friends. The key is to devote ourselves to the truth of the Gospel first and foremost and not play favorites. Otherwise, we’ll be tempted to water down the Word of God so as not to offend those who may be living high on the hog.
11
Apr
17

The Exalted Poor

Good Tuesday morning to you! It may be hard to fathom, but James says that Christians who are poor have a higher position than the rich. Check out what he says:
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. – James 1:9 (NIV)
How can this be? Are the poor more exalted than the rich? Yes! Why? Because believers in Christ who are poor tend to have a deeper faith than the wealthy. It’s a matter of perspective. What is the goal of life? Is it to love and trust God or to collect things? Jesus asked,
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? – Mark 8:36 (NIV)
You might not be living high on the hog in this life, but remember that this life is brief. The seven or eight decades on earth cannot compare to the billions of decades in Heaven. Neither envy the rich nor covet their money and things. Gold may glitter on earth, but it is mere pavement in Heaven.



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