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    Seven Keys to Biblical Prosperity (7)

    This post is part of a series. You can read them all by clicking here

    So far, we have considered these keys to biblical prosperity:

    • Cultivate a Trust and Obey Perspective on the Bible
    • Steward with Generosity
    • Eliminate Greed
    • Watch your Entourage
    • Invest in People
    • Keep Your Eyes Open for Spiritual Prosperity

    We have finally come to the seventh key to biblical prosperity, and it is the hardest one for us to grab in our world today because our world is far more about getting rich quick than it is about slow patience, and the seventh key requires the greatest patience ever. Continue reading

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    Seven Keys to Biblical Prosperity (5-6)

    This post is part of a series. You can read them all by clicking here

    So far, we have considered these keys to biblical prosperity:

    • Cultivate a Trust and Obey Perspective on the Bible
    • Steward with Generosity
    • Eliminate Greed
    • Watch your Entourage

    Today, we move on to keys 5 and 6.

    5. Invest in People

    Three amazing passages in the Bible give us a perspective on using money to invest in people.

    First, there is the passage that Paul wrote to the Corinthian church. For a while, Paul had taken up the cause of the Jerusalem church. There had been a famine and some economic hardship in the Jerusalem church, so Paul was making appeals to the churches he started to give aid to him so he could send it to the church in Jerusalem. Writing to the Corinthians about this offering, he says:
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  • Other Christian Sites

    Tangle Replaces GodTube

    YouTube imitation site GodTube has rebranded itself as tangle and now is trying to imitate MySpace. I think I need to explore this more. After all, Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle seems to be using it, but I’m not sure what I think about it. Not only do I generally dislike Christian imitations of secular culture, but I also really dislike MySpace… However, I do like sites that provide the option to screen the content to weed out offensive stuff.

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    Seven Keys to Biblical Prosperity (3-4)

    This post is part of a series. To view all the posts in this series, click here

    Yesterday, we considered the first two keys to Biblical Prosperity:

    • Cultivate a Trust and Obey Perspective on the Bible
    • Steward with Generosity

    Today, we will be looking at numbers 3 and 4.

    3. Eliminate Greed

    In some ways, this is a no brainer. The Bible talks so much about the sinfulness of greed and our culture itself sometimes recognizes the evils of greed so it almost goes without saying that to please God, we need to get rid of greed. Continue reading

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    Seven Keys to Biblical Prosperity

    Yesterday at LCC I had the privilege of talking about a topic that is just as controversial and unbelievable as it is true. I discussed the Biblical promise that God wants his people to be prosperous.

    Nevertheless, I am not one of those preachers who proclaims that God wants his people to be Wealthy and Healthy and all we need to do is jump on the bandwagon of positive thoughts, so it was important to me that we dig into what the Bible actually has to say about prosperity.

    In light of that, I wanted to post here what I’m calling the Seven Keys to Biblical Prosperity. We’ll take a few days to get through this. Each day we’ll address a few relevant passages from the Bible and a few principles learned from those passages. To see all the posts in this series, check out the SKTBP tag.
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  • twitter

    Today’s Tweets! ( 2009-03-06 )

      <li>"Sitting in my Next Steps Coaching group... Thinking... stay tuned." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284074095">#</a></li>
      <li>""1-1 discipleship is the underbelly of your 'class' system."" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284078577">#</a></li>
      <li>"The Ministry Flow: public services &gt; fish pool events &gt; small groups &gt; 1-1 discipleship" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284112579">#</a></li>
      <li>"Discipleship involves training people with specific outcomes in mind. What are the outcomes?" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284276167">#</a></li>
      <li>"NATURAL LEADERSHIP MAGIC: They get things done, and they positively influence the people around them." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284366775">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark">Coach_Mark</a> Check this out: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/cfcc/pool/" rel="nofollow">http://www.flickr.com/groups/cfcc/pool/</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark/statuses/1284274452">in reply to Coach_Mark</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284378045">#</a></li>
      <li>"BRAINSTORM: I need to directly assign our new believers to potential disciplers." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284395879">#</a></li>
      <li>"TCOYS: Take Care Of Your Own Stuff (don't worry about how people think about you)" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284445032">#</a></li>
      <li>people who use twitter: Are they Tweeters, Twitterers or Twits? <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284802016">#</a></li>
      <li>Gary says @<a href="http://twitter.com/Coach_Mark">Coach_Mark</a> is a better twitterer (tweeter? Twit?) than I am! <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1284831642">#</a></li>
      
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    Today’s Tweets! ( 2009-03-04 )

      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> Hey, have you and Jason heard about the TEAMM pastor's prayer breakfast tomorrow? <a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon/statuses/1274091748">in reply to jasongordon</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1275403257">#</a></li>
      <li>"Today, I was asked to serve on the leadership team of our local association of Christian ministries! What an honor!" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1275457326">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> It's at 8:00 at the MCL Cafeteria on Sagamore Parkway just East of Salisbury. We pray together, eat, and often sing. <a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon/statuses/1275818772">in reply to jasongordon</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1276018063">#</a></li>
      
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    Today’s Tweets! ( 2009-03-03 )

      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> So what were the stats yesterday? Any new commitments? <a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon/statuses/1265700322">in reply to jasongordon</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1269508659">#</a></li>
      <li>"getting to work some more on the novel..." <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1269510328">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> Praise God! (don't stop until it hits 88 mph!) <a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon/statuses/1269526868">in reply to jasongordon</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1269543299">#</a></li>
      <li>"I just finished my novel. Wanna buy a copy?" <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1270688608">#</a></li>
      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> Would you and Jason wanna get breakfast tomorrow? <a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon/statuses/1270697580">in reply to jasongordon</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1271167502">#</a></li>
      <li>I finished my novel today... What did you do? ;-) <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1271185579">#</a></li>
      
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    Today’s Tweets! ( 2009-03-02 )

      <li>@<a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon">jasongordon</a> praying for you guys this morning. Rescue a bunch of people! <a href="http://twitter.com/jasongordon/statuses/1264058216">in reply to jasongordon</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/jeffmikels/statuses/1265176419">#</a></li>
      
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    Feeling Spiritual Can Be Idolatry


    Gleaned From: That Worship Feeling.

    “Sometimes, contemplatives think that the whole end and essence of their [spiritual] life is to be found in meditation and interior peace and the sense of the presence of God. They become attached to these things. But recollection and meditation are just as much creatures as an automobile. The sense of interior peace is no less created than a bottle of wine. The experiential ‘awareness’ of the presence of God is just as truly a created thing as a glass of beer. The only difference is that recollection, meditation, and interior peace – and the sense of the presence of God – are spiritual pleasures and the other are material. Attachment to spiritual things is therefore just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else. The imperfection may be more hidden, more subtle, or seemingly more ‘excusable’; but from a certain point of view, that only makes it all the more harmful because it is even more difficult to recognize or deal with.”

    -Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation

    This is one incredible quotation and it is a challenge to all of us who long for spiritual experiences and spiritual feelings.

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