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Cost verses Gain!

Posted on: February 17th, 2014 by ktaylor

In Luke 14:28-30, Jesus emphasizes careful decision making, while illustrating the lesson with a man’s intention to build a tower. He says, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”

We may have good intentions, but Jesus teaches us to count the cost before acting to accomplish our intentions. I’m sure you can relate to this lesson. Who hasn’t seen good intentions spoiled by poor decisions?

For many weeks now this particular subject has been left on my heart by the Holy Spirit, I have also received numerous emails for a Biblical response to this subject. It definitely is a topic “full of buckshot” (shots coming from every where) and it may even bring an air of ¬†UN-comfortably,however we must look at it, but as Christian not as good samaritans.

Each week our website receives many emails asking for certain events to be posted to the Crossmembers calendar, most of of which are Christian events. However more often than not I am reluctant to post theses requests, not for the lack of good intentions,they all for the most part have that,but many are filled with the potential to to activate bad decisions. It’s through these request,emails and prayer Christ will allow us to really measure cost verses gain, while examining good intentions that must include Christian decisions.

So I pose this question; Should Christian groups be more selective as to where they promote events (helpful fundraiser’s), I’m not just talking address here as in venues, let’s keep in mind the surroundings along with daily happenings.Even though it may be for a good cause shouldn’t the possibility of providing a sinful activity (drinking alcohol, as in bars, maybe at a later time) be of the utmost importance when agreeing to promote or be part of any event. Again this isn’t just about location, its about previous and future¬†activity,displayed ¬†advertisement and acceptance not to mention the environment,it’s about as Christians being Christ like in all that we do and that includes our charitable functions. Let me say this as a past alcohol drinker and now saved disciple of Christ, I realize that one of the most dangerous elements of drinking alcohol is setting a bad example for other believers or leading them astray, this also holds true for non-believers, our actions do speak, just as our words do,sometimes with more volume. This Bible study in no way should be taken as judgmental, it should be seen as a self examination of how we present our Savior through our actions to others no matter the cause or reason.So back to the topic and the study at hand;

With the above study in mind and on heart lets ask ourselves this; Can the gain of good intentions, outweigh the loss of bad decisions? With the question posed, I will as ask provide the feedback we receive before listing my personal comments. Thanks

In Christ

Keith

Update: I have received comments all over the board, we are at about 60/40 right now on if the gain outweighs the cost,with most only looking at the monumental gain,not the eternal reward. With that said before categorizing and listing a summary of the Bible study I am going to list 2 more scriptures to go along with the one already noted. Ephesians 2:8-9 and 1 Timothy 4:12. We are finding tremendous discussion around this Bible study. All glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ . Thanks

Below update 2/26

There are still a lot of emails coming in around this Bible study, with the % gap having moved, however by a slim margin (55/45 cost out-weighting the gain) with that noted we will look to summarize this study by Friday 2/28 but lets keep in mind with all the discussion, God’s word is being studied.

Are you Content?

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by ktaylor

While reading the below post provided we should;
A> Ask ourselves are we content?
B> With whatever the answer may be what was the reasoning behind the answer?
C> While seeking the answer, use God’s word as a reference guide; Philippians 4:11-13 and 1 Timothy 6:6-8 would be a few reference points that come to mind, along with the ones inside the
post. I personally found that if content spiritually, everything else falls into place. I’m sure Preacher Frank joins me in praying those reading the below post find the same blessing.
In Christ
Keith

So how did Joseph make it thru those hard times and how are you going to make it thru your hard times ??? I believe the key will be CONTENTMENT !!! Paul said he “had learned to be content in whatsoever state he was in !” My cousin ,Junior, always says “it could be worse”…and stop and look at your situation and then look around you… YES, It could be worse for you ! You definitely have to have faith that God is in control and He is preparing you for something much bigger than you could dream..You definitely have to have patience to wait on God’s timing and not want what you want, when you want it… But it is essential that you learn to be content ! Hebrews 13;5 tells us to “Be content with such things as ye have and don’t covet.” Joesph had to get to the point where he realized, “It is what it is and it’s going to be this way til God gets done doing what it is He is doing, so I might as well make the best of the situation !” Someone said, “If life hands you lemons, make lemonade out of them !” We are going to have to adopt the same mentality to make it thru our bottom of the well experiences.If you read Gen. 37;27 you will find Joesph’s brothers were CONTENT to sell him into slavery, so Joesph, I guess, just decided to be content to let them ! Where are you at right now ? BE CONTENT !!! Paul faced many tribulations but he was CONTENT ! Joesph faced unfair, unthinkable situations, but like my cousin, he said, “It could be worse !” It could be worse in mine and your life !!! BE CONTENT !!!
Pastor Frank Bryant