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Precious Blood

I’ve always wondered why Gold is so valuable.  You can’t eat it.  You can’t build much with it.  But yet we call it precious.  It is precious and valuable because someone deemed it so.  Somewhere in our past people decided that gold could be exchanged for goods and services.  In fact countries would stock gold to back up the paper money.  Today, individuals still buy gold.

Gold is only precious and valuable because we have made it so.  Few things in life are truly precious.  I mean precious intrinsically (They do not have to be deemed precious by someone else, they just are precious and valuable).  Peter writes:

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Family Money Matters

One of the major sources of arguments and stress in families is money management. Often, couples have difficulty discussing problems in this area because they do not have a common philosophy about handling money and have no commonly shared financial plan. In a culture beset with economic woes, what shall we do to avoid problems with “money matters” in our families.

First, we should seek a biblical perspective on material wealth. The Bible teaches that all blessings come from God, that God owns everything, and that God only allows us to use what we have for a while. Money and possessions do not constitute the meaning of life, but are gifts of God to be used for His good purposes (Luke 12:15). We are true materialists if we believe that wealth is the key to happiness. Our lives are out of focus biblically if we are constantly anxious over money, if we envy others for their money or possessions, if we concentrate on what we do not have instead of being thankful for what we have, and if we cannot experience the joy of giving to God.

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Bodily Exercise Profits Little

Admittedly Jack LaLanne was before my time, but I still recognized who he was when I learned the news that he had passed away. He was a fitness guru, pioneer and entrepreneur.  He opened a gym, starred on a television show, and promoted a juicer.  He was the father of modern day health personalities. His fitness decisions seem to pay-off as he lived until he was 95.

His life, also, reminds me of an important truth.  This man definitely profited from exercise (both health wise and financially). However, Jack Lalanne did not live forever and the eternity that he entered will be much longer than his 95 years.  The important truth that I’m reminded of is Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 4:8 “Bodily exercise is beneficial for a little time, but godliness is beneficial for a all time, having promise for the current life, and the life which is to come” (Translation mine).

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Who You Worship Matters

In Romans 1 we are told of the downward spiral of the Gentiles.  God had provided them with evidence of His existence and knowledge of certain attributes through creation.  The hope was that the Gentiles would recognize this evidence and seek out the God of creation.  Instead they rejected the true God and exchanged Him for idols.  Instead of worshipping God they worshipped all sorts of images.

The result of this change in the one to be worshipped was not minor.  By exchanging the true God for a lie in their worship they also were given over to moral decay. The list in Romans 1:20ff lists these sinful practices.  The point is it matters who you worship.  If you stop worshipping the true God and exchange Him for idols (today not so much of wood and stone, but idols none the less), then you whole life is changed.  In the same way if you worship the true God your whole life will also be changed.

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Giving God Your Leftovers

“God wants you to give Him your best ” is a common statement. This phrase is often used to coax a child into putting on his or her church clothes and wash up. Is it true that God “wants our best” in worship? Absolutely it is, but what we consider our “best” is not always in line with what God calls best. Scripture does not give us information on what type of clothes we should wear, but it does clearly state that one should give God an appropriate offering in their worship.

The people that Malachi was working with were worshiping God and offering Him something. What they were offering him was not their best, by any means. They were sacrificing their leftovers to God (molded bread, lame animals etc.) They were despising the greatness of God through their lack of concern in their offerings, yet they still had the nerve to ask “how have we despised you” (Malachi 1:6).  They despised God in the same way we can today.  They gave him their leftovers.  Malachi goes on to stat three reasons why we should offer God our best.

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