Changing financial status for the better, what a convoluted term. The problem is finding a neutral term for something that can be very polarised. In fact it is this polarity that makes it such a hard thing to tackle. At one pole we have concepts like eradicating poverty or fighting poverty. These are attempts to […]
You and I need money to survive but it is a challenge to handle it wisely. In the church there are those who believe poverty is next to Godliness and others who believe God wants His people to prosper. I tried one and then found the other better.
Interesting? Why weak and not poor? The real answer is that this was God’s idea not mine. Or rather this is what I thought He told me to use. But why use weak rather than poor? One thing that strikes me is that poor has more of a connotation of disdain. You know the poor
Ever thought how much we need others to help us obtain everything we need. After all how many of us can grow all our own food? Do we know how to keep sheep, separate the sheep from its fleece, then use that fleece to make cloth and then use that cloth to make comfortable clothes?
The Proverbs 31 woman is one of the most annoying characters in the Bible. She is that mythical creature that normal women measure themselves by and find themselves wanting. How does any normal, sane, sensible woman reach those standards? When you look at where the advice comes from you soon realise the problem. The Proverbs
Money and faith are two really contentious issues in their own right but put them together and watch out. The reaction reminds me me of the problems of mixing toilet cleaners. If you had not heard there are two sorts of chemical reactions that are used by toilet cleaners. If you mix a toilet cleaner
For some reason I have always rather liked the part of the sermon on the mount where it walks about the lilies of the field. I have always presumed that they are beautiful wild flowers. Well after all it talks about them being well-dressed. The thing about wild flowers is that they are often quieter
I had the car radio on when I went shopping and when I set off for the return journey there was someone talking about philanthropy and the theatre. He was a giver who looked around for good things that he could support. What surprised me was then he said that for the past 30 years theatres
Loan sharks are predatory creatures. They make a meal of the lives of vulnerable people. People who are desperate and think that they have nowhere else to turn. They need to be stopped. How can this be done? They are operating outside the law and the government is trying to look after people by putting
My mind was going ten to the dozen during the bible study. I saw something in the passage that I don’t think anyone else saw. We were looking at the story of Cornelius and Peter in Acts chapters 10 and 11. In some ways it was reassuring but more of that later. Lets go over
We had some really boring old materials that needed livening up. Well no one in their right mind would be attracted to them. Good material but so plain and uninteresting. They had been part of the old course system that we demolished when we moved home recently. Once in their new home they looked so