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thoughts on ‘habits of rich and the poor’

Sometime late last week I had read on theinternetmonk one of the Saturday Ramblings posts (this one to be specific) that linked to a CNN article (right here) which took offense about something posted on Dave Ramsey’s blog (this is the article … but it referred to statistics provided by a Tom Corley) quoting some statistics about rich and the poor and their differences.

At the time of reading the “Saturday Ramblings” post, I would have said I agree that the stats were taken a little out-of-context, but thankfully since the Ramblings post is linked to the CNN article which is linked to the ACTUAL Ramsey post, I can get to the REAL heart and see that since his original posting, Dave added “A word from Dave…” that probably was double the length of the original article to explain himself more clearly since he received a lot of “feedback”… feel free to read it yourself but the part that stood out to me was this: Continue reading

bling bling!

bling.jpgFrom wikipedia:

Bling-bling (usually shortened to bling) is a hip hop slang term that refers to elaborate, gaudy jewelry and other accouterments, and also to a lifestyle built around excessive spending and ostentation.

I actually really can’t stand that word, but lo-and-behold my pastor just went and decided to start a series called “BLING-onomic$”. Kind-of funny though hearing him say “bling” that many times during his preaching though…

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Financial Prosperity

I go to a bible study at the workplace. Yesterday we started a new topic of “Financial Prosperity”. I’ve not much exposure into what is taught by this – only stuff I’ve heard which hasn’t always been so positive.

Nevertheless, as I told the woman in my division that mentioned the bible study when were leaving the group, I have doubts about at least what I’ve heard so far – and I could (and want to) say a lot more on it. I figure though that it would be better to see what is stated in it and withhold my doubts and thoughts until after I actually hear it.

I have written recently on the topic of money (Money and Me). I might have been a little vague on my opinion, but I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with money – it’s what we do with it, and our heart regarding it. I believe in paying off our debt, and saving money if we need it. But also in having the freedom (e.g. not having to pay 50% of our income on loans/mortgages/debt) to give as we are led to without struggling to make ends meet…

Question: what are your thoughts on “financial prosperity” (only care about the Biblical perspective – not a wordly view)? If you comment, please mention if if you had first-hand experience over the topic (e.g. sermon series at church, book study, seminar, etc.) or if you’re like me right now, and have only “heard” about it…

Money and Me

Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:3-10

 

Well this post is for the “Money and the Church” synchroblog topic, but I really don’t want to write about the church and its involvement with money (although for those who did decide to write about that, verse 5 above sure does ring true!) especially since I myself just don’t have a lot of personal experience over that. I do however want to talk about myself, as it seems a lot are instead writing about other people instead of themselves.

UPDATE: 11/20/07 – Over the weekend we went to Sam’s Club to stock up on supplies for Thanksgiving (and the Respite Program dinner we did last night…), and I saw a Nativity set that were something like 2 foot high. The cost? Almost $500 🙂

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