Salt of the Earth — Counting the Cost of Discipleship — Lessons from Luke 14 — Psalter Psalm 80 Pure Hymn, Salt & Song

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?

35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Psalm 80 New Living Translation (NLT) —Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock

Psalm 80

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune “Lilies of the Covenant.”
Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
    display your radiant glory
    to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your mighty power.
    Come to rescue us!
Turn us again to yourself, O God.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
    how long will you be angry with our prayers?
You have fed us with sorrow
    and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
You have made us the scorn[a] of neighboring nations.
    Our enemies treat us as a joke.
Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine;
    you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
You cleared the ground for us,
    and we took root and filled the land.
10 Our shade covered the mountains;
    our branches covered the mighty cedars.
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea;
    our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.[b]
12 But now, why have you broken down our walls
    so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it,
    and the wild animals feed on it.
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Look down from heaven and see our plight.
Take care of this grapevine
15     that you yourself have planted,
    this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
    May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17 Strengthen the man you love,
    the son of your choice.
18 Then we will never abandon you again.
    Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.

References & Reflections

[1] https://oneyearbibleonline.com/april-oyb/?version=51&startmmdd=0101
[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+14%3A25-35
[3] https://slideplayer.com/slide/1717532/
[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trpvrkfGjq8

Questions About Money And Christianity? GotQuestions Answers With God’s Word

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7

The Christian and Money

Ask God And He Answers – Ask, Seek, Selah! Ask, Seek, Knock, Know God

www.gotquestions.org/content_life_money.html

Stewardship

What is biblical stewardship?

What does the Bible say about budgeting?

What does the Bible say about saving money?

What does the Bible say about paying taxes?

Should a Christian get insurance?

Should a Christian pay into Social Security and/or accept Social Security payments?

What does the Bible say about saving for retirement?

Management

What does the Bible say about managing your finances?

Should a Christian declare bankruptcy?

What does the Bible say about playing the lottery?

Should a Christian invest money in the stock market?

Should a Christian go on welfare?

Should a Christian enter a sweepstakes?

Tithes and Offerings

What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe?

What is the difference between tithes and offerings?

Does our tithe all have to go to our church or can part of it go to a Christian ministry?

Should we tithe off our gross or net income?

Should a Christian tithe off miscellaneous income, i.e. inheritance, gifts, winnings, tax refunds, legal settlements, etc.?

If you have a lot of debt, can you temporarily stop tithing while paying off the debt?

What was the firstfruits offering? Should Christians give a firstfruits offering today?

How should I decide how much to tithe?

Charity

What does the Bible say about charity?

What does the Bible say about giving to the poor?

Who should I donate to? How should I decide which charity / organization / cause to financially support?

What does the Bible say about feeding the hungry?

What are alms? What is almsgiving?

How can I become a more cheerful giver?

Why is giving so emphasized in the Christian faith?

Should Christians give away all they possess except for basic necessities?

How should a Christian respond to beggars?

Borrowing and Lending

What does the Bible say about going into debt?

What does the Bible say about lending money?

I am a Christian in debt. What should I do?

Should a Christian mortgage a home?

Should a Christian use a credit card?

Should a Christian co-sign on a loan?

What is usury in the Bible?

Rich and Poor

What does the Bible say about being poor?

What does the Bible say about prosperity?

What does the Bible say about wealth?

Is it wrong for a Christian to have the goal of being rich and famous?

Is it better, spiritually, to be poor than to be rich?

How should a Christian view wealth?

Worldview

What does the Bible say about consumerism?

What does the Bible say about capitalism?

How should a Christian respond to a bad economy?

Financial crisis — what’s a Christian to do?

How should a Christian view materialism?

References & Reflections

[1] www.gotquestions.org/content_life_money.html
[2] https://daylekinney.com/2017/05/12/12-may-ask-seek-knock/
[3] https://slideplayer.com/slide/8957336/
[4] https://www.knowableword.com/2015/08/07/why-god-speaks-to-job-twice/
[5] https://www.slideserve.com/peri/theodicy-and-the-book-of-job
[6] https://www.gotquestions.org/ask-seek-knock.html

Why Is The Gospel of John So Different From The Others?

Ministry of Study

By Garrett Best

If you’ve been following my latest series of posts, you know I’ve been exploring possible solutions to the Synoptic Problem. The Synoptic Problem can be summarized like this: Why are Matthew, Mark, and Luke so similar and yet different at the same time. Scholars theorize that the reason those three Gospels are so similar is because they are using the same written sources to write their Gospels. The most convincing solution to the Synoptic Problem is called the two-source hypothesis. Mark was the first Gospel to be written and was used by Matthew and Luke. In addition, Matthew and Luke used another source, termed Q. The similarities among these three Gospels is attributed to their common use of the same two sources, Mark and Q.

But, what about the Gospel of John? The Gospel of John is certainly one of the most beloved of the four Gospels…

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Count the Cost of Discipleship! — Lessons from Luke 14

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?

35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Psalm 80 New Living Translation (NLT) —Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock

Psalm 80

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune “Lilies of the Covenant.”
Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
    display your radiant glory
    to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your mighty power.
    Come to rescue us!
Turn us again to yourself, O God.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
    how long will you be angry with our prayers?
You have fed us with sorrow
    and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
You have made us the scorn[a] of neighboring nations.
    Our enemies treat us as a joke.
Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine;
    you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
You cleared the ground for us,
    and we took root and filled the land.
10 Our shade covered the mountains;
    our branches covered the mighty cedars.
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea;
    our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.[b]
12 But now, why have you broken down our walls
    so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it,
    and the wild animals feed on it.
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Look down from heaven and see our plight.
Take care of this grapevine
15     that you yourself have planted,
    this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
    May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17 Strengthen the man you love,
    the son of your choice.
18 Then we will never abandon you again.
    Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.

References & Reflections

[1] https://oneyearbibleonline.com/april-oyb/?version=51&startmmdd=0101
[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+14%3A25-35
[3] https://slideplayer.com/slide/1717532/
[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trpvrkfGjq8

Riches Or Righteous Rewards — Jesus Teaches About Humility! Lessons From Luke 14

Jesus Teaches about Humility

Luke 14:7-35 New Living Translation (NLT)

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.

13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you

Luke 14:13-14
Psalm 80 New Living Translation (NLT) —Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock

Psalm 80

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune “Lilies of the Covenant.”
Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
    display your radiant glory
    to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your mighty power.
    Come to rescue us!
Turn us again to yourself, O God.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
    how long will you be angry with our prayers?
You have fed us with sorrow
    and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
You have made us the scorn[a] of neighboring nations.
    Our enemies treat us as a joke.
Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine;
    you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
You cleared the ground for us,
    and we took root and filled the land.
10 Our shade covered the mountains;
    our branches covered the mighty cedars.
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea;
    our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.[b]
12 But now, why have you broken down our walls
    so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it,
    and the wild animals feed on it.
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Look down from heaven and see our plight.
Take care of this grapevine
15     that you yourself have planted,
    this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
    May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17 Strengthen the man you love,
    the son of your choice.
18 Then we will never abandon you again.
    Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.

References & reflections

[1] http://www.sheabrewer.com/nlt-bible-reading-journey
[2] https://www.christiansmeethere.org/resources/articles/2015/10/18/poor-blind-lame-and-crippled
[3] http://kenpulsmusic.com/blog/2020/04/

Humility Before Honor & Riches! Jesus Teaches About Humility — Lessons From Luke 14

Jesus Teaches about Humility

Luke 14:7-35 New Living Translation (NLT)

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.

13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you

Luke 14:13-14
Psalm 80 New Living Translation (NLT) —Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock

Psalm 80

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune “Lilies of the Covenant.”
Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
    display your radiant glory
    to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your mighty power.
    Come to rescue us!
Turn us again to yourself, O God.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
    how long will you be angry with our prayers?
You have fed us with sorrow
    and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
You have made us the scorn[a] of neighboring nations.
    Our enemies treat us as a joke.
Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.
You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine;
    you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
You cleared the ground for us,
    and we took root and filled the land.
10 Our shade covered the mountains;
    our branches covered the mighty cedars.
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea;
    our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.[b]
12 But now, why have you broken down our walls
    so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it,
    and the wild animals feed on it.
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Look down from heaven and see our plight.
Take care of this grapevine
15     that you yourself have planted,
    this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
    May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17 Strengthen the man you love,
    the son of your choice.
18 Then we will never abandon you again.
    Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved.

References & reflections

[1] http://www.sheabrewer.com/nlt-bible-reading-journey
[2] https://www.christiansmeethere.org/resources/articles/2015/10/18/poor-blind-lame-and-crippled
[3] http://kenpulsmusic.com/blog/2020/04/
[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trpvrkfGjq8

Repent. How to Get to Heaven from Silicon Valley?

Repent! Receive God’s Gift in the Name of Jesus Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit

Jesus Begins His Ministry

16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 4:16-17
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Matthew 19:21-22 (NIV)

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

References & Reflections

[1] https://lapetitmuse.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/while-we-were-still-sinners-christ-died-for-us/
[2] https://store.clccanada.com/en/authors/francis-chan.html
[3] https://slideplayer.com/slide/4946788/
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/rich-young-ruler.html
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Hunger_Fund

Greed. “What does the Bible say about greed?” GotQuestions #9

“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

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal… You cannot serve both God and money”

Matthew 6:1924b

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Matthew 8:20
Matthew 8:20 (ESV)
20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”

Mark 10:43–45
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:43–45

“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” and Christians are warned, “Do not put your trust in wealth”

 1 Timothy 6:9-1017-18
“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” and Christians are warned, “Do not put your trust in wealth”  1 Timothy 6:9-1017-18

 “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

Ephesians 5:5
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

 Hebrews 13:5

“When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth”

Matthew 19:16-22

 Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

Proverbs 23:4 (ESV)
Matthew 6:25-34

“But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” 

Matthew 6:25-34

References & Reflections

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-greed.html

Marriage, Money, Alimony, Affairs? What Does the Bible Say About Handling Money in a Marriage? — GotQuestions #7

What Does the Bible Say About Handling Money in a Marriage?

The important principle in regard to financial decisions is to “do all to the glory of God”

1 Corinthians 10:31Romans 14:8Colossians 3:23-24

GotQuestions Answers www.gotquestions.org/money-marriagE.HTML

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