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What should be the Christian's attitude toward money?
Many great men of the Bible had great wealth. Abraham was very rich when he came out of Egypt and was probably already rich in Ur (Gen. 13:2). His nephew Lot also had great wealth (Gen. 13:5,6). Isaac had such great wealth that the heathen Philistines envied him (Gen. 26:13,14). Jacob had been blessed by God with more than enough to suffice his great tribe (Gen. 33:11; 32:5,10). God blessed Solomon with great riches (I Kings 3:11-13). Boaz was known as a "mighty man of wealth" (Ruth 2:1). Job was the greatest of all the men in the east (Job 1:3). God had given Jehoshaphat great substance so that he had riches in abundance (II Chron. 17:5). David, himself, died with great riches (I Chron. 29:28). Hezekiah had exceeding much riches that God had given him (II Chron. 32:27-29).
There were also wealthy righteous persons, both male and female, in the New Testament, as well. Zachaeus, for example, was a wealthy man (Luke 19:2). His position as chief of the publicans apparently brought him wealth and not necessarily dishonestly. But we do know that he gave half, not all, of his goods to the poor and whatever he had gotten dishonestly he payed it back fourfold (Luke 19:1-10). Joseph of Arimethea was not only a member of the council but he was also a rich man who was Jesus' disciple (Matt. 27:57). There was a group of women who followed Jesus and supported Him with their substance (Luke 8:1-3). Some of them at least were women of some social standing and wealth. Joanna, for instance, the wife of Herod's steward was one of the women who supported Jesus. Lydia is another example of at least a moderately wealthy Christian women. She catered to a wealthier class of people being a seller of purple and a traveller for her business (Acts 16:13-15). Even the congregation in Laodocea was rich and increased with goods (Rev. 3:17). . .
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The great apostasies of the first, second, and third centuries were followed by attempts at reformation and restoration of the Lord's church. As Everett Ferguson in his book, The Church of Christ, states, "On the day of Pentecost God's gathered-out people made an irreversible decision (Acts 2:42); they continued stedfastly in the apostles' teaching," The apostles' teaching is our only authority on how to become children of God, live the Christian life, and worship as our God directs. Although many assume that the plea to restore New Testament Christianity was first sounded forth in the late 17th and early 18th centuries in this country, it is not true.
Great men have spoken out in defense of the New Testament as our only authority for the way God's "gathered-out" ones are to be governed in their obedience to Him in all things revealed. . . .
The best form of exercise is to touch the floor regularly with your knees.
WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT?
What shall it profit in this life here below
To gain the whole world but loose my own soul?
If in search of great treasure I spend all my time
It profits me not, not even one dime.
For the world cannot offer my soul what it needs,
And what it does offer both lies and deceives.
A mansion, a yacht and a bank full of gold
Will make warm my home but leave my heart cold
A fortune in gold and diamonds and pearls
Are things that entice young boys and young girls,
But wealth in the pocket's not wealth in the soul
Neither can these things make your life whole.
So "What shall it profit?" Just nothing at all
To gain the whole world, this terrestrial ball.
For the gold and the silver will one day decay
And the diamonds and pearls can be stolen away
But the Lord has prepared a mansion for me
Near the river of life and a life giving tree
An inheritance awaits, uncorrupt, undefiled
These are the blessings that God gives His child
For the eye has not seen nor has ear heard
The things that are promised by God in His word
For I've got a home up in heaven above
Filled with God's glory, secured by His love.
Eric L. Padgett
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.) Who falls into temptation and a snare?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER What things did angels desire to look into?
I Peter 1:12 - Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.