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Better than gold, more attractive than jewels.

Posted on May 30th, 2014 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Wisdom, Worldview

 Gold and precious stones are easy to acquire. All you need is money.  Thus, when the rich, the Hollywood stars, the sports elite gather gold and glittering jewelry are everywhere to be seen. In the midst of the dazzling display of wealth you can hear the words of self-praise and the worship of created things. But what is rarely heard is knowledge that makes sense of life.   The wonders of man are easily obtained. Look at our culture, look at what is offered on commercials. All that is needed.. read more

What’s in the wallet of your heart?

Posted on April 25th, 2014 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Winning the lottery offers an immediate cure for all of our worries. Or for those of us not into gambling, a close friend or relative winning the lottery and giving us a nice piece of the lottery pie would work just as well. These thoughts are subtle temptations to doubt the value of God’s word.   The truth is you already have a gift that is literally worth more than millions dollars! That gift is the Bible. I know this sounds idealistic, spiritual, but not practical.  However, it is vital.. read more

Invest wisely, do not wear yourself out to get rich.

Posted on January 18th, 2014 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

The major investment firms are frequent visitors in your home. No, they aren’t invited guests. They attach themselves to the popular television shows and sporting events. So, just after your team scores, the President of one of these companies shows up on the screen encouraging you to make wise investments using his brokerage firm. Just after he says goodbye, the owner of another firm flies by in his helicopter to let you know how his firm makes investing affordable. These visits are then followed by a commercial for a luxury.. read more

Being rich towards God 2014

Posted on December 28th, 2013 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Wisdom, Worldview

The parable in Luke 12 tells of a rich man who had been so successful in his farming endeavors that he had run out of room to store his crops. That was good, right? He was financially secure. As he considered his options, one became attractive. Luke 12:18-19 says he would tear down his barns and build bigger ones.  The New Living Translation captures the spirit of our rich farmer: Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to.. read more

Time

Posted on December 25th, 2013 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

The clock is ticking.   We are running out of time.   It is time for work, school, practice, and even church.   Time is a big deal in modern life. Yet for all of the energy spent on managing time, Jesus says there is nothing we can do to shorten or lengthen the time given to us on earth, not even by a millisecond. Time is to be exhausted on God’s glory not our own personal agendas.   Time as we know it is not eternal, it is created… read more

What is good for your children?

Posted on November 1st, 2013 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Many things qualify as “good” for you and your children. As parents we want to show love and kindness to our kids. We tend to invest heavily with our time and or money in the “good” things.  Which of these good things would survive if life was suddenly turned upside down by a catastrophic event?    The question is, have we invested the most in the good things that will endure the sudden, violent storms of life?     But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;.. read more

Marketing Strategy

Posted on October 21st, 2013 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Let’s evaluate the strategies of enlisting recruits of the two opposing forces involved in spiritual warfare. We will start with the plan of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a straightforward approach and could be stated like this:   Life is to be lived for the glory and honor of God. Man has rebelled against that reality and is in need of rescue. Strictly on his own initiative, through the sacrificial death of his son, God rescues people from darkness and brings them into the kingdom of light for all.. read more

Jodie Foster & the Golden Globe Awards – A Proverbs 7 Moment

Posted on January 14th, 2013 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Last night Jodie Foster was a awarded a life-time achievement award at the annual Golden Globe Awards.  Parents, her acceptance speech is a Proverbs 7 moment that must not be missed.    Jodie Foster is an acclaimed actress. She is a skilled artist who has won numerous prestigious awards. She is also 50 and has two sons. In her acceptance speech she alluded to her homosexuality.  For many, Ms. Foster, has lived out the American Dream. She is at the top of her profession, attractive, and appears to live as.. read more

LIfe does not Consist in the Abundance of Presents

Posted on December 19th, 2012 · Posted in Earthly Treasure

  With Christmas presents comes Christmas squabbles. Parents, you are familiar with this theme. There is the Christmas rush and the present wrapping. There is Christmas dinner and then Christmas cleanup. Then, after all is said and done, the squabbles begin. Present envy may set in. Some children become excellent time keepers, as in, “Mommy, he has had the car for 17 minutes, when is it my turn?” Other children become hoarders, as in, “All the presents in this corner are mine, so stay away!” Or, there is the dispute.. read more

Rich toward God in 2012

Posted on December 30th, 2011 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

The parable in Luke 12 tells of a rich man who had every appearance of success.  He had been so successful in his farming endeavors that he had run out of room to store his crops. That was good, right? His good planning and hard work had paid off. He was financially secure.  Today, money fund managers would have been lining up at his door to help him manage his wealth. As he considered his options, one stood out. He would tear down his barns and build bigger ones. Luke.. read more

Stewardship for the Holidays

Posted on November 7th, 2011 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Family Worship, Parenting, Uncategorized

The Christmas gift giving season is often a time of conflict for believers and their families. There is a temptation to express our love for each other in ways that we cannot really afford financially. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, has produced a twenty day study on stewardship that is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming gift-giving season. The study only takes 15-20 minutes each day and this would be a valuable addition to your family worship time. This will help you and your family focus.. read more

The Greatness of Knowing Christ’s Word

Posted on December 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Godward Orientation, Holidays

The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. —Psalm 119:72 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. —Colossians 3:16 This is the season for giving gifts. Parents everywhere are thinking about what their children want for Christmas and, perhaps, what they would like to give their children for Christmas—two things which.. read more

The Greatness of Knowing Christ

Posted on November 28th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Worldview

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:7&8 The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72 Knowing Christ is a great thing. That is easy to say but challenging to live. Just how great is it? Taken at face value, Paul’s.. read more

Riches that Last

Posted on November 25th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Godward Orientation, Worldview

The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119:72 NIVThe law of your mouth is better to me   than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72 ESV This verse in Psalm 119 presents a challenging question to you as a Christian parent.  Is this truth something that influences you more than your bank balances?  The psalmist proclaims the word of God is of such value that gold and silver pale in comparison.  Take some time to consider this.. read more

Children, Possessions, Worry & the Markets

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Earthly Treasure, Worldview

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."  Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"   Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not.. read more

God, Gas Prices and the Stock Market

Posted on October 17th, 2008 · Posted in Current Events, Earthly Treasure, Worldview, Worry

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. I Timothy 6:17 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15 Some of you may remember the post from last May about “God and gas prices.” Now, six.. read more

And why do you worry … ?

Posted on February 25th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Parenting, Worry

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or.. read more

Invest Wisely

Posted on February 18th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. —Proverbs 23:4-5 T. Rowe Price. Chuck Schwab. Ameritrade. Scottrade. Fidelity. These investment firms are frequent visitors in your home. No, they aren’t invited guests. They attach themselves to the televised sporting events that are the favorites of American men. So, just after your team scores, Chuck Schwab shows up, encouraging you.. read more

The Emptiness of a Championship

Posted on February 15th, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure

Don Fields left this comment on the second of three posts about the Super Bowl. Excellent thoughts! We cannot view any medium as “neutral.” There is always a motivation and a message and we need to be evaluating and teaching our children to be evaluating. One thing you haven’t covered is that we should discuss the emptiness of a championship. As I watched the coverage after the game I heard much talk about Tom Coughlin, the Giants head coach, telling his players that second to family there is no feeling.. read more