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True Gain

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Ben Lovelady

on 10 August 2014

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Transcript of True Gain

Solving the Solution...
"Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices."
Ecclesiastes 7:29
The Curse of Greed
"...who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain."
1 Timothy 6:5
Paul's Path
"There are two ways to get enough, one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less."
G.K. Chesterton
True Gain
“[Paul] ‘turns the tables’ on the Stoics by declaring that genuine
autarkeia
is not
self
-sufficiency by
Christ
-sufficiency.”
Gordon Fee
True Gain
"If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound (healthy) instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words…."
1 Timothy 6:3-4
"We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can be almost as stupid as a cabbage, as long as you doubt. The fashion of the age has identified mental sharpness with a pose, not with genuine intellectual method and character. Only a very hardy individualist or social rebel – or one desperate for another life – therefore stands any chance of discovering the substantiality of the spiritual life today. Today it is the skeptics who are the social conformists, though because of powerful intellectual propaganda they continue to enjoy thinking of themselves as wildly individualistic and unbearably bright.”
Dallas Willard
"...that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind...."
1 Timothy 6:4-5
"Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed."
Hosea 4:1-2
"When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
Galatians 5:19-23
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
1 Timothy 6:6-10
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that."
1 Timothy 6:6-10
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed."
2 Corinthians 9:8
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:11-13
"...Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man's hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; they have eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear; they have noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but they cannot feel; they have feet, but they cannot walk; they cannot make a sound with their throat. Those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them. O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield."
Psalm 115:3-9
"...we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."
1 Timothy 6:7
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there.”
Job 1:21
"So those deceived ones live in the temporal existence: either, occupied with the necessities of life, they are too busy to avail themselves of the view, or in their prosperity and good days they have, as it were, lanterns lighted, and close about them everything is so satisfactory, so pleasant, so comfortable — but the view is lacking, the prospect, the view of the stars."
Soren Kierkegaard
...brings heartache.
"Greed led Saddam Hussein to spend billions of dollars on massive, luxurious palaces while thousands of children in his country were dying from malnutrition (and a perverse inversion of greed prompted him to burn up Kuwait’s oil fields when he lost control of them). Greed led Enron executives to pillage their company’s assets by awarding themselves $745 million in bonuses while proposing a maximum of $13, 500 in compensation for each laid-off employee."
Philip Yancey
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