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Many calling themselves Christian are cliquish. They must feel somewhat insecure with their brand of Christianity. Christ's brand is different -Luke 14:12-14; Proverbs 19:4.
    Einstein made a lot of money. He preferred to remain in the old three story 1900's type house in which he was born because he said that he believed that we should only take what is necessary for us to get through life. He was benevolent. He understood the difference between needs and wants.
    Idol also means vanity, nothingness, giving more attention to that which is ultimately nothing (Ecclesiastes 5:15; Psalms 49:10, 17; 1Timothy 6:7) like the Tower of Babel became. As Billy Graham once said "I've never seen a hearse with a U-haul behind it."
    People need to realize just why they are here.

When it comes to giving charity, some people stop at nothing! The big problem is not the have's or the 'have not's' – it's the 'give not's'. Beware of the 'Christian' with an open mouth and a closed pocketbook toward compassion. There are many people whose hearts bleed for the poor – but their pocketbooks don't! To worry about what you can't help is useless. To worry about what you can help is stupid!

The dearest things to a lot of us should be the condition that another's life may be in, but it's usually the things about us. Our partner, our children, our jobs, our money, the appearance of our house, our impression upon others, our vacation; various other time consuming (and some of good value, of course. It's not the value we're discussing, but the time and money spent on them maybe being out of proportion to the crying needs of others) interests like TV, hobbies, sports, hunting and what have you? Philippians 2:4, 21; Mark 10:29; Ephesians 5:14. Selfish living is 'out of balance living', and anything out of balance has its consequences.
    As long as you're not addicted to anything apart from God, you're well on your way to a great position with Him -Matthew 6:24-34 ("take no thought" here means not to have undue concern for things, or, don't worry, God is looking after you. Trust Him and press on with your life. "Serving mammon" here is placing too high a value {in comparison with your relationship with God} upon the importance money has in maintaining your lifestyle – as explained above). We need to take a look at what we are doing in life -2Corinthians 13:5. Selfish people can become discontent over many things -James 3:1; 5:9. Yet we have so much.
    Consider these two 4-5 year old girls sleeping in an alley.

If one believes in His sustenance, why would he trust in his own? He is our sustenance (Matthew 6:33; 1Peter 1:18-21; 2Peter 1:3,4; 2Corinthians 3:5; 9:8), so we can sustain others who may not yet know Him or have yet to be blessed by Him -John 13:35 "By this-(and not by this)-shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
    We are a special people to God, for a special purpose -1Peter 2:9. Will this be said of each of us individually? -Matthew 25:21

Philippians 3:8 "Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung-(excrement), that I may win Christ."
    How many view what they have in comparison to an effort to become Christ like as Paul did, viewing what he possessed as worthy of that needing a toilet flush in comparison to winning Christ, gaining for himself all that Christ is like?
The danger in money is not in having a lot of it (see 'Prosperity'), but its selfish use -1Timothy 6:10; Luke 12:15-33.-*

Money is like manure – does little good until spread around!
    We don't have to wait for God's government to be loving to people -Micah 4:4,5.

Interest upon money loaned from individual accumulations (whether stored in a bank or not) is ok (Luke 19:23), but not when the poor need money -Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-37. God has given wealth to all the earth (resources, etc.) to be available for all those on it. The earth's wealth belongs to all. As long as need exists, money should be created to make it possible to mine the resources available to uplift all -Psalms 4:2 ".....how long will you turn my glory into shame; how long will you love vanity and leasing-(original Hebrew is 'falsehoods, deceptive things')? Selah." -Romans 6:21; Isaiah 5:18. Also Psalms 24:4; 94:11; 144:4; Ecclesiastes 1:14; Isaiah 44:9; Jeremiah 2:5; 2Corinthians 6:16,17-(doesn't mean in verse 17 to move away from them as some cults may believe).-...continues


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