YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON/ Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

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“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

   The Greek word used for mammon in the Bible is called”mamonas” which means “treasure” or “riches.” Money would also fall into this category, and if we put our trust in these rather than God, then we are serving mammon.

Our worship and devotion should be for Christ and Him only. He is everything we need, as it says in Philippians 4:19. “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus.”

When we serve God and have made Him the Lord of our lives then we are saying that we trust and love Him more than the riches of this world. 1…

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Women of the Word: Daughters of the Philistines

The Virtuous Girls

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The phrase “daughters of the Philistines” is mentioned several times in Old Testament Scripture. It generally refers to all Philistine women. 2 Samuel 1:20 reads:

“Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.

Ezekiel 16:27 and Ezekiel 16:57 reads:

So I stretched out my hand against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct.

Before your wickedness was uncovered. Even so, you are now scorned by the daughters of Edom and all her neighbors and the daughters of the Philistines—all those around you who despise you.

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The Rich Man and Lazarus — Hell and Heaven — Lessons from Luke 16 (Unique!)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16 NIV

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus
[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16&version=NIV
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrowing_of_Hell
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/rich-man-and-Lazarus.html
[5] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/does-luke-9-mean-some-cannot-serve-in-the-kingdom/
[6] https://www.gotquestions.org/did-Jesus-go-to-hell.html
[7] https://www.gotquestions.blog/where-was-Jesus.html
[8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcQbwplHDAE
[9] https://www.facebook.com/gotquestions.org/posts/did-jesus-go-to-hell-between-his-death-and-resurrection-see-what-the-bible-says-/10156453182848090/
[10] https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-answers-did-people-who-died-before-jesus-resurrection-go-to-heaven-or-hell.html
[11] https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-warns-if-you-end-up-in-hell-you-climbed-over-jesus-to-get-there.html

The Rich Man in Lazarus —Parable, Past Redemption, Prophecy or Promise of Future? — Heaven and Hell — Lessons from Luke 16 (Unique!)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16 NIV

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Drioux: a parable against the Sadducees

An alternative explanation of the parable is a satirical parable against the Sadducees. One writer to identify the Sadducees as the target was Johann Nepomuk Sepp.[18] The arguments in favour of identification of the Rich Man as the Sadducees are (1) the wearing of purple and fine linen, priestly dress,[19] (2) the reference to “five brothers in my father’s house” as an allusion to Caiaphas‘ father-in-law Annas, and his five sons who also served as high priests according to Josephus,[20] (3) Abraham’s statement in the parable that they would not believe even if he raised Lazarus, and then the fulfillment that when Jesus did raise Lazarus of Bethany the Sadducees not only did not believe, but attempted to have Lazarus killed again: “So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well” (John 12:10). This last interpretation had wide circulation in France during the 1860s–1890s as a result of having been included in the notes of the pictorial Bible of Abbé Drioux.

Perry: a parable of a new covenant

Simon Perry has argued that the Lazarus of the parable (an abbreviated transcript of “Eleazer”) refers to Eliezer of Damascus, Abraham’s servant. In Genesis 15—a foundational covenant text familiar to any first century Jew—God says to Abraham “this man will not be your heir” (Gen 15:4). Perry argues that this is why Lazarus is outside the gates of Abraham’s perceived descendant. By inviting Lazarus to Abraham’s bosom, Jesus is redefining the nature of the covenant. It also explains why the rich man assumes Lazarus is Abraham’s servant.

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus
[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16&version=NIV
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrowing_of_Hell
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/rich-man-and-Lazarus.html
[5] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/does-luke-9-mean-some-cannot-serve-in-the-kingdom/
[6] https://www.gotquestions.org/did-Jesus-go-to-hell.html
[7] https://www.gotquestions.blog/where-was-Jesus.html
[8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcQbwplHDAE
[9] https://www.facebook.com/gotquestions.org/posts/did-jesus-go-to-hell-between-his-death-and-resurrection-see-what-the-bible-says-/10156453182848090/
[10] https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-answers-did-people-who-died-before-jesus-resurrection-go-to-heaven-or-hell.html
[11] https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-warns-if-you-end-up-in-hell-you-climbed-over-jesus-to-get-there.html

Parable or Prophecy? The Rich Man and Lazarus — Lessons from Luke 16 (Unique!)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16 NIV

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Drioux: a parable against the Sadducees

An alternative explanation of the parable is a satirical parable against the Sadducees. One writer to identify the Sadducees as the target was Johann Nepomuk Sepp.[18] The arguments in favour of identification of the Rich Man as the Sadducees are (1) the wearing of purple and fine linen, priestly dress,[19] (2) the reference to “five brothers in my father’s house” as an allusion to Caiaphas‘ father-in-law Annas, and his five sons who also served as high priests according to Josephus,[20] (3) Abraham’s statement in the parable that they would not believe even if he raised Lazarus, and then the fulfillment that when Jesus did raise Lazarus of Bethany the Sadducees not only did not believe, but attempted to have Lazarus killed again: “So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well” (John 12:10). This last interpretation had wide circulation in France during the 1860s–1890s as a result of having been included in the notes of the pictorial Bible of Abbé Drioux.

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus
[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16&version=NIV
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrowing_of_Hell
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/rich-man-and-Lazarus.html
[5] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/does-luke-9-mean-some-cannot-serve-in-the-kingdom/
[6] https://www.gotquestions.org/did-Jesus-go-to-hell.html
[7] https://www.gotquestions.blog/where-was-Jesus.html
[8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcQbwplHDAE
[9] https://www.facebook.com/gotquestions.org/posts/did-jesus-go-to-hell-between-his-death-and-resurrection-see-what-the-bible-says-/10156453182848090/
[10] https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-answers-did-people-who-died-before-jesus-resurrection-go-to-heaven-or-hell.html
[11] https://www.christianpost.com/news/greg-laurie-warns-if-you-end-up-in-hell-you-climbed-over-jesus-to-get-there.html

Being A Giver In A World of Takers (Part 4) — God Loves A Cheerful Giver — Francis Chan Christ’s Crazy Love Ministry

Malachi 3:8-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!

“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’

“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

Haggai 1:3-6 New Living Translation (NLT)

Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!

1 Thessalonians 2:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

5 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.

As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children[b] among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.

Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you.


References & Reflections

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/raffles-in-church.html
[2] https://slideplayer.com/slide/8800251/
[3] https://www.slideteam.net/deuteronomy-16-17-the-lord-your-god-has-blessed-powerpoint-church-sermon.html
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/head-of-the-church.html
[5] https://slideplayer.com/slide/15158336/
[6] https://heavens-beauty.com/?page_id=3857
[7] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Haggai+1%3A3-6&version=NLT

Is it wrong to have raffles in the church? GotQuestions #12 | GotQuestions.org

Ask God – God Answers – Seek Scripture In Action – Knock & Know!

https://www.gotquestions.org/managing-finances.html


Purchasing raffle tickets is not giving to the Lord but investing in chance. Tickets are bought in hopes of gaining something tangible in return, which means they are not freewill offerings. The logic is that the church should not rely upon raffle money to meet its needs but should rely upon the Lord to work through the hearts of His people

(Deuteronomy 16:171 Corinthians 16:2)

Since Christ is the Head of the church, it should be His decision.


References & Reflections

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/raffles-in-church.html
[2] https://slideplayer.com/slide/8800251/
[3] https://www.slideteam.net/deuteronomy-16-17-the-lord-your-god-has-blessed-powerpoint-church-sermon.html
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/head-of-the-church.html
[5] https://slideplayer.com/slide/15158336/
[6] https://heavens-beauty.com/?page_id=3857
[7] https://www.gotquestions.org/head-of-the-church.html

Parable of the Lost Sheep — Jesus Loves the Lost! — Lessons from Luke 15 #1

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Luke 15:3-7

Then Jesus told them this parable:

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

 Luke 15:3-7

“The Ninety and Nine” by Elizabeth C. Clephane (1868)

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

Hymn of Christ’s Parable of the Lost Sheep!
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father —and I lay down my life for the sheep. — John 10:11-18

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Lost_Sheep
[2] https://chongsoonkim.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-was-lost-and-now-found.html
[3] https://dwellingintheword.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/2031-luke-15/
[4] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15
[5] http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/n/i/90_and_9.htm

How to Get to Heaven from Silicon Valley? Repent. Receive God’s Gift For Free! Baptism In The Name of Jesus Christ

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

Jesus Begins His Ministry

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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. 

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

How to Get to Heaven from Silicon Valley — Francis Chan Christ’s Crazy Love Ministry

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

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