Tag Archives: poor

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

asleep in the light

Funny how timing is sometimes. I follow a whole pile of blogs and a lot of the time, really enjoy their writing… unfortunately it usually takes a while to catch up on everyone’s stuff. Anyway, just this morning I read Has the Light Gone Out?.

The Charles she mentions I just so happened to have met a day ago, and was really struck by a short speech by him, in particular something he mentioned about at a time when he was younger when he was roaming the streets without a purpose. This seems to me to ring so true for many … which to me begs the question – what is YOUR purpose? What is your calling? I don’t mean your job. I mean those things that call out deep from within your heart for you to do.

The person who wrote this post I linked above several years ago totally seems to have found her purpose and calling (read on Wendy’s About page) and out of some seeds planted through her efforts, others have grown and further seeds have bloomed as well (sounds more like the body of Christ than any I’ve seen in any traditional “church”…).

It’s more than clear two callings for my life are to be a husband and father, but I’m far from knowing what God has in mind for the rest of my life; although it sure seems I’ve been used in some ways that I certainly didn’t bring about on my own to bring some people together.

Either which way, after reading the above post, I can’t think of a more eloquently written and heart-wrenchingly sung song than this one by Keith Green:

Do you see, do you see
All the people sinking down
Don’t you care, don’t you care
Are you gonna let them drown?

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come?
You close your eyes
And pretend the job’s done?

“Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord”
You know it’s all I ever hear!
No one aches, no one hurts!
No one even sheds one tear!

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds
And He cares for your needs;
And you just lay back
And keep soaking it in,
Oh, can’t you see it’s such a sin?

Cause He brings people to you door,
And you turn them away;
As you smile and say,
“God bless you, be at peace”
And all heaven just weeps
Cause Jesus came to your door
You’ve left him out on the streets!

Open up open up
And give yourself away!
You see the need, you hear the cries
So how can you delay?

God’s calling and you’re the one
But like Jonah you run!
He’s told you to speak
But you keep holding it in,
Oh can’t you see it’s such a sin?

The world is sleeping in the dark
That the church just can’t fight
Cause it’s asleep in the light…
How can you be so dead
When you’ve been so well fed?
Jesus rose from the grave
And you, you can’t even get out of bed!

Oh, Jesus rose from the dead
Come on, get out of your bed!

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come?
You close your eyes
And pretend the job’s done?
You close your eyes
And pretend the job’s done.

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t pretend the jobs done
Come away, come away, come away with Me my love,
Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, my love.

visit the Park – June 6th

As usual, it has certainly been awhile since our last trip down to Monroe Park (Feb 21st!), and the weather is getting a little bit nicer so it’s getting time to pull out some lighter clothing for sharing so… Continue reading

a house of love and hope?

In catching up reading some of my blogs in my reader, I read across a lot from Flower Dust and her visit to India with Compassion International. It got me thinking though of places past that I’ve known where situations are similar. Can’t really say a lot of places exist like that in the US and then I remembered the single year I lived in Venezuela. And that one food drive my class did at the American international school I attended.
I remember loading up some trucks and our class (which was only 10-15 teens … that was when I was in 11th grade for the first time) and actually going out to a village. We handed out the food. Continue reading

the poor

Luke 4:16-21. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read… “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He appointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD… Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke 6:20-21. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours in the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

James 2:5. Did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Ps. 140:12. I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor. (p 445)

Is. 25:4. For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress. (p 500)

Is 41:17. The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them. (p 513)

from The Bible on the Poor.