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Charles Stanley said in his book Success God’s Way: In good times and bad times, on mediocre days and exhilarating days, in periods of joy and periods of heavy toil, our stance before the Lord must be, 'Heavenly Father, you’re in charge. I have no success other than what You help me achieve. I trust You to order my steps.' I believe that this is ...


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Actually it's the other way round: More studies: http://freethinker.co.uk/2009/02/18/poorest-countries-are-the-most-religious/ http://www.zahablog.com/?page_id=782


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It's important to maintain an eternal perspective. Enjoy your career, sure, but keep in mind that your career is over once you're dead, but eternity lasts forever. As long as you keep your priorities straight and you're willing to give up your career if God's plan calls for you to do something different, you'll probably be all right. Remember to keep Luke ...


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Some verses the prosperity gospel are built on are: John 10:10 NIV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Philippians 4:19 NIV And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 3 John 1:2 NIV Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy ...


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No, it does not mean that at all. We cannot assume that everything Jesus ever said to anyone applies to all people in all times. Jesus gave this specific commandment to this specific person at that time. Other places in Scripture, Jesus acknowledges that there are wealthy people and gives instructions to them--not condemnations. As for the rich in ...


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Proverbs is full of verses about how to become wealthy, such as Proverbs 10:4 (NIV) 4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. But I think the focus is NOT on worldly ambitions, but on your character in how you achieve that wealth. What God doesn't want is for that to drive your focus. If you are too focused on your ...


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Psalm 37:4. Delight yourself in the lord & he will give you the desires of your heart. Luke 12:31. Instead seek his kingdom & these things will be added unto you. Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the plans I have for you,declares the lord,plans for wholeness & not for evil, to give you a hope & a future There are numerous ...


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The main argument as I see it, for the "Prosperity Gospel", comes from the Old Testament. So prayer of Jabez is an example - but this is a flawed application of the prayer of Jabez. Blessing in the Old Testament is physical. Faithfulness to God, by David, Solomon, Job, Abraham, Jacob etc were was rewarded by having many posessions. The old testament ...


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There isn't much evidence to support this hypothesis. The countries with the top ten incomes per capita are a mix of Islamic, Atheist (at least trending that way now; historically Christian), Christian, and Buddhist. If you look at a broader trend across countries, the U.S. is a highly-religious outlier, but basically the trend is downwards; the more ...


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Jesus did not condemn wealth in that passage. What He does condemn is what wealth can do to a person. Wealth can make a person turn away from God toward self-sufficiency, which fools him into thinking that creature comforts are enough take care of his important needs, and neglects the formation of character and faith that God wishes to form. There are sins ...


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These all touch on the topic of greed, because they put money in their place. The ones marked with a = I consider to be more so. = Matthew 13:22.. the seed among thorny soil was choked by the deceitful ness of wealth. Luke 16:1-12, Jesus refers to "unrighteous mammon". = Luke 16:14 also points out sneering Pharisees who loved money. Luke 21; Mark 10, ...


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And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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—you ...


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No, Jesus doesn't condemn wealth, but He does warn against having too much of it. An abundance of anything can be a strong temptation to sin, and that includes not only money, but also sex and intimacy, food and drink, work, recognition, and so much more. Wealth may be particularly seductive because it makes you feel self reliant and sufficient so that you ...


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There are some other great answers but I want to throw in Philippians 2:3 (NIV). Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, I think this distinction of selfish ambition and of vanity are important ones. Other translations phrase it: strife or vainglory conceit and empty arrogance rivalry ...


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The Prosperity of the Gospel comes down to a matter of the heart: Do you have wealth, or does wealth have you? Prosperity in the Modern Church Often viewed as the "Father of the Prosperity Movement", Kenneth E Hagin often pointed to passages such as Matthew 7:11, reading, If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your ...


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It's important to note that the Mark passage records Jesus telling one specific person to sell all his possessions and give to the poor. Jesus did not give this command to all people in all times. It is inappropriate to take everything Jesus ever said to any person and attempt to apply it to all people for all times. If we did that, then all of us would ...


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One reference is from the Prayer of Jabez Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his ...


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Searching the web I came across this fascinating site which allows you to enter a route and it will calculate the cost of freight and passenger transport as it was in Roman times along that route. For example entering Antioch to Ephesus, and forcing a land route, gives you a cost of around 30 denarii to ship 1kg of wheat, and 1500 denarii for a passenger in ...


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Of course the answer should technically be "It depends on which reformed theologian you ask", but I hate to leave people confused just because the theologians are... The context for this passage needs to include the fact that God has been trying for thousands of years to teach us that we need to be loving towards one another and God. This man approached ...


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Very few have ever thought that to be a Christian means selling all we have and give it to the poor, for even some of the Apostles arguably had a house and did not sell it. At a minimum it is undeniable that Christians owned houses as most Churches were house churches.  This means the situation with the rich young ruler was a specific and unusual case.  It ...


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Here's a Jewish biography of Paul, known to the Jews as Saul of Tarsus. As you might imagine, it's not very complementary. Here's what we know. Paul was a tent maker. (Acts 18:3) Here's what we can deduce. Paul was not a wealthy man. Paul was epileptic. (Galatians 4:13, outside sources) I suspect that the local Christian churches supported Paul's ...


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Prosperity in Old Testament Prosperity as a Lords gift is blessing In Bible we can read that Abraham (Genesis 13:2), Isaak (Genesis 26:12), Jacob (Genesis 30:43), Joseph (Genesis 41:40), David (2 Samuel 5:9-10), Solomon (1 Kings 10:23) all are not only blessed and rich, their wealth is given them by God, but also they are humble servants of God. Wisdom is ...


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The initial definition links health and wealth and the arguments 'against' then challenge the 'wealth' side. The health side, to my mind is unambiguous. Jesus healed everyone who came to him. There are some he didn't heal but they didn't actually come to him. This is New Teatament and it is physical. It is manifestly for this life. Healing was part and ...



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