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Week 48 Day 3
consider the number of voices you hear in a day
not simply the voices
but the messages
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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