Sunday, March 10, 2019

Answers About The Genesis Flood. Lessons from the NASCAR "Spotter". Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

Questions and Answers About the Genesis Flood

“The Genesis Flood is one of the most fascinating accounts in the Bible and also one of the most challenged. This blog post looks at some common questions that are asked about the Bible’s account of a global flood.

Noah’s Flood, as it’s commonly called, is one of the best known stories in the Old Testament. Yet in modern times many question the validity and historicity of Noah and the Flood. Is the Genesis account of the Flood an outlandish myth that could not have really happened?

Let’s look at some of the common questions asked about the Genesis Flood.

Question 1: Was the Flood really a global flood?

The Bible uses very descriptive terminology to describe the magnitude of the Flood. “The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered” (Genesis 7:18-19, emphasis added throughout).

Notice the phrase “all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.” This literally means that the highest peaks around the earth were completely submerged. Remember that water seeks its own level. The only way for the highest mountains to be completely submerged would be a global flood.

In verse 20, we read this added detail: “The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.” Though we don’t know how tall the mountains stood in Noah’s time, the Bible is clear that they were completely covered by water.

Question 2: Is there evidence of the Flood outside of the Bible?

According to the book of Genesis, humanity was reestablished from a single place (the mountains of Ararat in modern Turkey). Genesis 10 describes the repopulation of the earth from that area by the offspring of Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Since the post-Flood civilizations sprang from this common source, then you would expect that stories of the Flood would spread with them. The farther they got in time and distance from Noah, the more we would expect the details to morph and change. This is exactly what happened! Stories about a flood that destroyed mankind are found in many civilizations, from the Sumerians to Native Americans.

Since the post-Flood civilizations sprang from this common source, then you would expect that stories of the Flood would spread with them.Many doubt the accuracy of this story because of geologic dating methods. This topic is complicated and beyond the scope of this blog post, but I recommend you read the article “Geologic Dating Methods: Are They Always Accurate?” In short, modern scientific dating methods have often been shown to be incorrect.

Consider this: A high percentage of the rocks near the earth’s surface are sedimentary, which means they were formed through the solidification of sediment, usually deposited by water. This is exactly what we would expect if the earth was covered by water for a period of time. During and after the Flood, there would have been a massive movement of water, causing erosion and sedimentary rocks. In fact, many sedimentary rocks include fossils in them, which we would expect from a rapid burial in sediment due to a sudden flood.

Question 3: How did Noah get all those animals on the ark?

Skeptics have claimed it would have been impossible to fit all species of animals found on earth today inside the ark. But there are some things to consider.

Remember that Genesis says God created different “kinds” of animals (Genesis 1:11-12). Many of those “kinds” of animals have become varied as they reproduced and adapted to the different climates of the earth. But not all of today’s thousands of different species would have had to have been placed on the ark.

For example, there are many species of cats today, but it seems only one pair of cats would have had to have been saved on the ark. The variety of cats we have today would have descended from this one pair. To learn more about the animals taken on the ark, read “Clean and Unclean Animals on the Ark.”

Feeding this large group of animals would have been a challenge, but not impossible. Today there are many examples of animals that hibernate in the winter. Remember, the Flood was a supernatural event brought about by God Himself because of mankind’s evil. God could have caused many of the animals to simply hibernate through the Flood, which would mean they wouldn’t have needed to be fed every day. Many dangerous animals (such as snakes and bears) hibernate, which would also have kept those on the ark safer.

But regardless of the exact number or whether or not some went into hibernation, note this important point: The ark that Noah built was huge!

Feeding this large group of animals would have been a challenge, but not impossible.In Genesis 6:15 God gave specific instructions for the dimensions of the ark (in cubits). Most scholars believe the ancient cubit was roughly equivalent to 18 inches. That would make the general dimensions of the ark 450 feet in length, 75 feet in width and 45 feet in height. It also had three decks. There was a lot of space for the animals, and God could have also brought younger animals to the ark, thus taking up less space.

God was very strategic in His instructions to build this huge barge, so it’s probable that the selection of the animals to fit within the ark was just as strategic!

Question 4: How did Noah gather all the animals of the world?
Continued at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/god/blog/questions-and-answers-about-the-genesis-flood/?

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Lessons from the NASCAR "Spotter"

“Daytona 500 recently kicked off the season. What can be learned from the crucial role of the spotter?

Transcript of YouTube: https://youtu.be/kq6lgY9qOlA

[Steve Myers] “The NASCAR season has begun. Daytona 500 recently happened. And now, we are off and running. In fact, it is interesting, when you look at NASCAR and the millions of people that love NASCAR. There are some intricate things about the races that occur that really have drawn my attention into the idea of racing. And one of those things is not just this crew that works on the cars during the race. There is an important member of the crew that isn’t in the pit with them. It’s known as the spotter.

The NASCAR spotter actually overlooks the race. And what they do is they watch for challenges, difficulties, maybe a little smoke coming out of that engine, maybe the tires that might be having problems. They stay in constant communication with the crew in order to help that driver do the very best that he can in order to finish that race in pole position, number one.

And so this spotter is so critical to the success of the racer. And if you begin to think about that in a spiritual sense, we have a spiritual spotter who wants us to do the best in this spiritual race that we’ve been called to. In Psalm 121, it speaks to this idea of God being our spotter. It says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help.”

You know, God is looking down on our life and He wants to help us. He wants to stay in touch with us and communicate with us. The question is, will we listen to His direction, His guidance, like the NASCARs listen to their spotters?

He goes on in Psalm 121, “The Lord is your keeper,” verse 5, “The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun won’t strike you by day, nor the moon by night.”  Because we’ve got a God who cares about us, who loves us and wants the very, very best for us.

And so like the spotter in that race, we have God’s direction. We have His guidance. But, of course, we’ve got to listen to Him. We’ve got to stay in constant communication with Him.

Psalm 121 ends like this, “The Lord shall preserve your going in and your coming out.” And so as we look at Him like that race, like that spotter, our loving God cares for us. And so let’s make every commitment in our lives to listen to Him, to stay close to Him, to watch for His guidance in our life.

And like that spotter in the NASCAR races, our spiritual spotter will lead us and will guide us as we submit our lives to Him.”

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Update.

The really cold weather (to us Texans) has surely put a damper on any outside activities.  I had acquired some 24” tall metal garden border fencing, so Zack and I tried to stick it in the ground outside my hedge so that people couldn’t walk into my back yard from the main road behind me.  I will be so glad when the subdivision replaces the fence.  Even wearing two pairs of gloves, it was so cold that we had to quit.  He did get the mower going and mowed my straggly front yard, but then he had to quit that, too.  Everyone around me seems to have come down with a cold, except me. 

My computer keeps on acting up and shutting down suddenly, so I keep on losing my work. Google Photos and also Google Drive are leaving us, so I have been in a panic about getting my pictures into a cloud so that I can access them from anywhere before this computer breaks down.   One of the used flat screen TV’s that I just bought suddenly got that “Black Screen of Death”, so  I am very vary of all this new trechnology now. 

I thought My Picture were going into Google drive, but they weren’t.  I tried putting them on an external drive, but my old, sick computer wouldn’t recognize it nor a flash drive.  I was so upset that I spent most of my time this week trying how to figure out how not to lose all My Pictures as I have several hundreds of photos of the things I have for sale listed in there.  I had to find a way to get to My Pictures from my laptop.  Finally, I got them in DropBox, so I hope that I can access them now.  

I made Cincinnati Chili for the Sabbath potluck.  It has lots of seasoning in it, including chocolate, and is served over spaghetti pasta.  Now that was a hit!  Other dishes were BBQ and lasagne.  All beef dishes this week!

The Bible verses were Exo. 1-2:22, Isa. 27:6-13, Heb. 11:23 and all of Mat. 9.  It was the pastor’s turn to give the Teaching and it was more on “The Messiah, Our Advocate” , this time on Righteousness. It was a warmer day, so now they were running the air conditioning in the church.  Back to wearing a coat for me!

 The weather is finally decent for several days.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Get Up! What Is "Armageddon"? Key to Happiness. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

Get Up!

“We have all experienced a fall from time to time.

Don’t get discouraged, the failure is not in the initial fall—failure is in not getting back up!

Babies learn to walk by falling until the sense of balance develops. But they would never walk at all if they did not get up after they fell. The Bible tells us the righteous man falls seven times (Proverbs 24:16). That informs us that he has gotten up again and again. We learn about this lesson, but we sometimes fail to apply it to ourselves when we fall. We often are mired in bemoaning the fall rather planning to get up
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Mary Pickford was a writer who wrote, “There is always another chance.” This thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. Sometimes we feel that our fall cannot be repaired—like Humpty Dumpty. But our Creator is full of mercy and understanding and waits for us to get up. One example was the terrible sin of King David in his affair with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. But David got up from that fall, was forgiven (though punished) and once again found grace from God (2 Samuel 12:13). Don’t get discouraged, the failure is not in the initial fall—failure is in not getting back up!”  From: https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/blogs/this-is-the-way/get-up
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What Is "Armageddon"?

The subject of Armageddon has sparked mystery ever since the apostle John recorded the book of Revelation. Learn the truth about what will happen at Armageddon.

Transcript of YouTube: https://youtu.be/IllCMDozHoQ
[Darris McNeely] “What do you hear when the term Armageddon comes to mind? Is it a final battle between the forces of good and evil that has been portrayed in many different ways? Or perhaps is it even a popular movie by that name a few years ago about an asteroid that was going to hit planet Earth and just blow the earth to pieces? The idea of Armageddon represents something that is a very important lesson for all of us to learn about the Bible, what it does say as opposed to what we think that it might say. In Revelation 16, we have the one place in the Bible where this term Armageddon is mentioned. Let’s read it and get the context and understand what is said here.

The setting is the time of the tribulation and the events leading to the close of the age that are portrayed in the book of Revelation. And beginning in verse 12 of Revelation 16 it talks about an angel pouring out a plague upon the land and the kings of the East being prepared and brought into actually the land of Israel. The land of the Bible as the map here shows. John writes here, “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs going out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet,” figures and an image of Satan, the devil that are mentioned here. “They are the spirits of demons, performing signs which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
So there is a battle, but let’s look at what it says in verse 16 then, “And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.” The one place in Scripture, Revelation 16:16, where the term Armageddon is mentioned. Now, closer look at what it says here, and what it really means. It’s pointing us to, not to an event, but actually to a place, and the place is Megiddo, or the mountain of Megiddo, which is actually in the valley of Jezreel, far to the north of Jerusalem, in the land of Israel today. You can go there, you can see it. I’ve actually been there a couple of times. It’s an archaeological site. Tel Megiddo, the place of Megiddo. And it is a place that’s been inhabited for quite a long time. It actually was the topic or the setting for a very famous novel written a number of years ago called ‘The Source’ that told the story of civilization that grew up and lived around in that area. But Megiddo is a place. And the scriptures are saying that armies that are gathered at this time of the end just prior to Christ’s return are gathered in the place of Megiddo. And then what happens as we know from other scriptures, especially in the book of Joel, the third chapter, these armies then move south to Jerusalem, several miles to the south and a little bit to the east. And that is where this final battle takes place in the valley…of the Kidron Valley next…and within Jerusalem at the return of Jesus Christ.

And so the place called Megiddo or Armageddon is actually a place. Not necessarily an event, though there is a battle that does take place between the armies of the earth and Christ at His return.
Now, here’s the point that I think is larger for us to think about today. As I said, Armageddon is a place not an event. Culture, preconceived ideas about what the Bible tells us show sometimes that we may be wrong. Apply this to a lot of other ideas that you might have about Scripture that you’ve either been taught or you think you know from whatever source that has taught you is not always the matching up to be the truth.

Challenge some of the other assumptions, some of the other ideas, some of the other beliefs that you might have about what the Bible really does teach and you’re going to be in for a surprise. This is just one example. But it helps us to understand that the Bible does hold a great deal of understanding and truth for us.”     From:  https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-daily/what-is-armageddon-0
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New Study Reveals a Key to Happiness

Pew Research group recently found that “actively religious” people are happier than those who are not.
Transcript of YouTube: https://youtu.be/9VAbdsA-7vo
[Darris McNeely] When was the last time you heard something that really made you happy, something that gave you a great deal of joy? Pew Surveys recently did a survey, and they found that actively religious people are much more likely than those who are less religious to describe themselves as very happy. It was a very interesting poll. They did this in other countries as well, found that people in Japan, it held true there. More faith, greater happiness. In Australia, that was one of the bigger gaps right there to show that more people were happy in a group that were with faith and had faith than those that did not. It’s interesting. Regardless of what one believes, again, you could look to a nation like Japan, that is not a Christian nation, and then one like America, that is predominantly Christian, and this holds true.

And I got to thinking about that. How much more joy, how much greater joy might one have if one really knew the full truth of God and His kingdom and the plan and the purpose of God? There’s a scripture that I think bears this out. It’s in Matthew, chapter 13, talking about the sowing of the seed of the gospel upon different types of ground, the way that it is received by various people. And when it comes to those who receive the Kingdom of God and begin to bear fruit, in verse 20 of Chapter 13 in Matthew, it says, “He who received the seed, which is the seed of the gospel, on stony places, is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.” (Matthew 13:20)

The Word of God, the knowledge of the truth about the Kingdom of God can cause someone who is on a stony piece of ground and what that is really talking about is people who are coming from a background without a lot of faith, where that seed is less likely to bear fruit. But when people receive it, it gives them great joy. The truth of the Kingdom, the truth of God’s purpose and His plan of salvation, when you come to know that, that can provide even greater joy. This survey bears out that faith does bring a greater amount of happiness. True faith brings even more. Think about that and seek the Kingdom of God and the true faith of God.”  From: https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-daily/new-study-reveals-a-key-to-happiness
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Update.

Not much new this week, just more studying and listing stuff for sale. Zack and I burned more pine needles in the barrel and got rid of the burn pile by the road forever.  We also sanded the table we are redoing with 220 grit and applied the second coat of poly. 

As I was going into Conroe anyway for a doctor appointment, I donated a couple of boxes of clothes and things to The Assistance League.  These ladies take turns and donate their time to running this nice clean thrift shop.  I know that this organization really helps people at no profit to themselves because I know one of the ladies. Not all of the so-called charity thrift shops distribute to those in need as expected, but make personal profit from the merchandise.   My doctor wasn’t feeling well and didn’t really address my concerns about my thyroid, so I might be firing her!

A lot of my time this week has been cooking.  Having gone through the rationing in England, I can’t stand to see food wasted.  I had acquired a lot of veggies so I cooked them and froze them in Mason jars.  Lots of spinach, red cabbage, green beans, mushrooms, organic potatoes, baby bok choy, I even cooked and froze Romaine lettuce I had so much of it. https://www.marthastewart.com/892732/sauteed-romaine-lettuce  .

For the church’s potluck I made Sante Fe Pasta, it is really Sante Fe Penne, but I didn’t want to use up my penne made of red lentils, so I used whole wheat spaghetti instead:  https://youtu.be/zErQHvgYP98 .  I had plenty of non-GMO corn, black beans, spinach, tomatoes etc, to make the recipe.  I also cooked a bison steak, sliced it, served it in gravy and that was all eaten up at the potluck.
  
The Bible readings were Gen. 49:28-50:26, 1 Kin. 2:1-12, 1 Pet. 1:1-9 and all of Matt. 8. The Teaching was about The Everlasting Covenant.


My desktop computer is back but it often shuts down all by itself and it is getting more aggravating each day.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Slave to the Lender. Six Biblical Personal Finance Principles. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

Slave to the Lender

“Credit is an easy way to buy what you want now. Used wisely, credit can be an effective tool; but without restraint, it can make you a slave to the lender.

The borrower is slave to the lender

Don't become a slave to the lender.

The importance and usefulness of credit in our modern life is evident. The value of a good credit rating is emphasized by the prevalence of credit reporting and credit protection products and companies. A poor credit rating can be a rude awakening for someone trying to buy a house—or even applying for a job!

A culture of credit

For the average family, a major purchase such as a new automobile or a home would not be possible without the ability to borrow money on credit and pay it back over time. Many businesses must also occasionally borrow money to upgrade facilities or purchase equipment. Without sufficient capital on hand, credit becomes an important means to keeping a business growing and profitable.

These are important uses of credit in our society today. And used wisely, it allows a family or a company to take advantage of opportunities that would otherwise be lost. Gains in business and equity for a family are all positive outcomes of credit used wisely.

Not all credit is created equal       
Continued at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/relationships/finances/slave-to-the-lender/

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Six Biblical Personal Finance Principles

“Money affects every aspect of our lives, and God’s financial principles can help us gain control and find peace of mind.

Six Biblical Personal Finance Principles

The other day it seemed that just about every conversation I was part of or overheard related to money.

At lunch, a friend told me she needed to take a second job to pay for her son’s college tuition. Another friend called me, discouraged about her upside-down car loan. A radio talk show host discussed consumer debt levels with his listeners. The couple behind me in line at the supermarket argued about whether they could afford certain items in their shopping cart. After receiving our latest utility bill, my husband and I had a long chat about how we could cut back on energy usage.

Truthfully, that day probably wasn’t much of an aberration—for me or for the people I was in contact with. The fact is, our personal finances influence much of what we think about, talk about and do day in and day out.

Often we’re worrying about whether we’ll have enough money to make ends meet, pay for an unexpected expense or retire. Some people become obsessed about amassing their fortunes and turn into workaholics. I’ve known people whose mood changed, depending on what the stock market was doing or how many bills were outstanding.

Our finances affect where we live, our work schedules, what we do with our free time and on and on.

So it’s not surprising that the Bible—the owner’s manual for living—has a great deal to say about money.

What follows are six biblical personal finance principles, along with some elaboration from professional financial consultants.

1. Follow a budget

The Bible doesn’t use the term budgeting, yet it offers clear direction on the importance of such planning. Simply put, a budget is a written plan to track and control income and expenses.

Proverbs 27:23 says, “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds.” Put in modern terms, we need to be aware of how we’re using our income, so we can know whether we need to make adjustments in our spending.

“Budgeting helps us avoid impulsive and unnecessary spending, live within our means, and prepare for future needs,” explains Bill Gustafson, senior director of the Center for Financial Responsibility at Texas Tech University. “If we don’t carefully plan our finances and direct them where to go, we will one day find ourselves broke.”

To set up your household budget, figure out how much you spend each month for different categories (such as housing, food, transportation, entertainment, clothing, medical, etc.), and compare that to your monthly income. If your expenses are more than your income, you will need to cut out unnecessary purchases.

Once you’ve established your budget, use either a ledger or a budgeting program on the computer to start tracking your monthly expenses. “If you get to the point where there’s no more money left for the month in a particular category, stop spending,” Dr. Gustafson says. “It’s going to take some determination to do this, but it’s a necessary step if you’re going to get your finances under control.”

For more on budgeting, see our online article “The Bible, Budgeting and You.” It includes a downloadable sample outline budget.

2. Tithe faithfully

The top priority on our income, before we do anything else with it, should be God’s tithes. God says in Malachi 3:10, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.”

A tithe is 10 percent of a person’s “increase” (Deuteronomy 14:22), which is given to support the ministry and work of the Church. When we tithe, we show God that we are putting Him first in our lives.

Certainly God doesn’t need our money. Everything we have ultimately belongs to Him (Exodus 19:5). The real beneficiaries of tithing are those of us writing the checks. In the last part of Malachi 3:10 God makes the promise that when we faithfully tithe, He will “open … the windows of heaven, and pour out … such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

The blessings can be physical or spiritual. Financial expert Dave Ramsey explains in his blog that tithing teaches us to be good stewards of what God has given us and to live unselfishly. This can lead to improved household finances and can help us become better spouses, friends, relatives, employees and employers.

Tithing can also help us learn to trust God more fully and build a closer relationship with Him. Often people who tithe can think back on times when—at least on paper—it didn’t look like they could afford to tithe. Yet they did and had enough—sometimes even more than enough—for their physical needs.

One friend put it this way: “Tithing has helped me to stay more focused on God, to not just look at the ‘facts’ from a human perspective, and to remember we can always count on God in all situations.”

3. Avoid unnecessary borrowing

The Bible warns against the use of debt. Proverbs 22:7 states, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” If you become burdened with a heavy load of debt, in essence you’ve become a slave to your creditors. You no longer have the freedom to decide how to spend your paycheck because you’re obligated to meet those debts.

The way to keep debt in check is to be careful about buying on credit. “Only borrow for purchases that will increase or hold their value, such as home or college tuition,” advises Erica Sandberg, a San Francisco–based money management consultant. “Don’t take out high-interest loans for nonessential items that are likely to depreciate quickly, such as new automobiles, clothing, furniture, appliances or jewelry.”

According to a 2018 report from Creditcards.com, the average credit card interest rate in the United States is around 17 percent. This means you’ll pay $170 in interest annually on every $1,000 of debt.According to a 2018 report from Creditcards.com, the average credit card interest rate in the United States is around 17 percent. This means you’ll pay $170 in interest annually on every $1,000 of debt. If you let the balance carry over month after month, you can quickly end up owing far more than the original price of your purchases.

Erica Sandberg recommends only using credit cards if you are able to pay the full balance on the statement each month, so you don’t have to pay any interest. If you have a lot of outstanding revolving debt, this should be paid off as quickly as possible, starting with the credit card that has the highest interest rate.

4. Save up before spending

Financial planners generally suggest saving at least 10 percent of your income every month. Have three different accounts: a short-term savings for major purchases (such as new household furnishings or vehicle repairs), a long-term savings (for your retirement or children’s college tuition), and an emergency fund (in case of a job layoff or large unexpected expense).

“Saving up money before making a purchase is one of the smartest ways to keep out of financial trouble,” says Dr. Gustafson. “By having money set aside for ‘big ticket’ items, you won’t be tempted to use credit cards to pay for them.”

This is another biblically based financial principle. Proverbs 21:20 says, “Be sensible and store up precious treasures—don’t waste them like a fool” (Contemporary English Version). Proverbs 6:6-8 describes the ant, who saves during a time of plenty for a time when there will be need. We, too, should save now for future expenses.

5. Give to others

Everything we have—our money, physical assets, jobs and even the ability to earn money—comes from God (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19). After meeting our own needs, He wants us to share some of what we’ve been given with others.

In Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We should give unconditionally—even when the recipients cannot repay us (Luke 14:12-14). That could mean donating to charity, buying someone a gift, having people over to dinner or buying food for a homeless person.

While we need to exercise wisdom in how much to give, we shouldn’t be so tight with our money that we’re reluctant to part with any of it. As with tithing, God blesses us when we’re generous (Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6).

There have been times when I’ve given and afterward seen a disconcerting emptiness in my pocketbook. But then seemingly out of nowhere I received some unexpected cash or other financial blessing that filled that gap.

When we have the desire to share, God gives us the means to do so.

Of course, not everyone has the same financial means. We may genuinely be struggling monetarily. But even then, we can still give of the time, talents or other nonfinancial assets that God has provided for us. The point is, God wants us to use what He has blessed us with so we can be a blessing to others, not just so we can fulfill our own needs and desires.

6. Put your confidence in God, not in your finances

When it comes to finances, people often go from one extreme to another. If our bank accounts, retirement portfolios and home values are increasing, we might start trusting in them. When we’re facing a job layoff, stock market losses or unplanned expenses, we may worry anxiously. Neither extreme is the biblical approach.

The Bible makes it clear that true security can only be found in God (1 Timothy 6:17) and that trusting in riches will destroy us (Proverbs 11:28). Our wealth and possessions are temporary and can easily be wiped out in an instant, perhaps through theft, accidents or natural disasters.

If we’re struggling with our finances, we must remember that God is our refuge, and that He cares for those who trust in Him (Nahum 1:7). We shouldn’t be anxious about money problems (Philippians 4:6). We must do our part—to not overspend, but to save and invest our money in what has eternal value. The rest is in God’s hands. If we’re seeking God’s Kingdom first and foremost, we can be assured that God will provide for our physical needs (Matthew 6:25-34).

By committing to these financial principles, we will benefit from improved finances and financial peace of mind. There may be less tension about money at home and a better connection among family members as well.

Most important, we will learn to trust God more fully, develop a deeper appreciation for His purpose for us and build a closer relationship with Him.”  From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/relationships/finances/six-biblical-personal-finance-principles/?

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Update.

One reason that I chose these topics is because when I left England it was the rule that you had to put a third down on something you wanted to get on credit, “on tick”, they called it.  I think that stopped a lot of unecessary debt, which is too prevalent these days.  So I hope that folks will go by these good principles when borrowing.

Just regular maintenance around here this week.  Raking and burning and trying to keep abreast of the leaves and pine needles, and we also had to burn some old termite-eaten lumber.  One morning I took Zack to the local food pantry operated by the local churches, to get his ration of free food.  

On Wednesday, I took a day off and looked in various thrift shops. in Conroe. One find was “The Bible from 26 Translations” and I also bought one of those old glass electric hot plates, but this one is about 3 feet long.  It will keep a lot of the church potluck food at serving temperature.  My daughter called my cell while I was at Walmart ordering my new eye glasses, she was in Conroe so we met and I saw her new German Shepherd pup, “Ruckus” for the first time. He is big.  I tried to take a picture, but he wouldn’t hold still.

On Thursday, the usual Yoga and Senior exercises at the “Y” and they put on a lunch there this time.  Friday, a visit to the doctor, just routine stuff, and  then because it was “Preparation Day”, according to the Bible, I got my church clothes ready, cooked for the church potluck, and set my hair.  A quick brush through and it might look decent.

For the Sabbath potluck I took Turkey Spaghetti Bolognese, Whole Grain crackers and White Cheese dip.  I also took the rest of that enormous cookie that had been taking up room in my deep freeze.  But the favourite dessert there was a cheescake, and that went fast!

The Bible readings were Gen. 49:1-27, Zech. 14:1-11, Luke 23:13-34 and all of Matt. 7.  The teaching was the second part of “Messiah, Our Advocate”.

The computer guy was at church this time and now I have my desktop back, hurray!  Even though I found out how to use my regular monitor instead of hunching over the table-height laptop screen, it just didn’t do right for me.  It has Windows 8 and I am used to Windows 7.  I hope I never have to get used to Windows 10!  The keyboard is a little different, too, so that made me make mistakes, 

Still crazy weather around here, you can’t get bored.  Really cold, and then just to surprise us, a warm day.