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SCULLY, I WANT TO BELIEVE

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Recently, Marsha and I started watching ‘The X-files’ again, from the beginning. This was a TV show that lasted for nine seasons beginning in 1993. Characters Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were FBI agents who investigated mysterious cases involving the paranormal. David Duchovny’s character ‘Fox Mulder’ was usually misunderstood by his peers for his belief in psychic powers and extra-terrestrial beings. His partner Dana Scully was a doctor who based her beliefs on the scientific method and rationalism.
Agent Mulder was epitomized by the phrase, ‘I want to believe’. The TV show was a good example of the transition in society from modernism to post-modernism. Modernists base their beliefs on rationalism. The post-modernist believes that rationalism cannot explain everything and a greater reality may exist outside the margin of our senses and accumulated knowledge.
A modernist like Dana Scully would look at the resurrection of Jesus Christ skeptically and demand a scientific explanation. Ever…

TOP 10 WAYS TO GET RICH FOLLOWING JESUS

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Based on the numerous teachings of Jesus on wealth and poverty, I have come to some conclusions about how I’m going to get rich by following Jesus. Here is my personal list of what I’m learning:




1.The most valuable things I have are stored in my heart. I can          take this treasure with me when I die.
      2.Humble self-assessment leads to the recognition of how God-poor I really am. There is always a great reward given when I seek God first.
      3.If I care for the needs of others, I become rich in relationships.
      4.I accumulate soul wealth when I quietly show generosity.
      5.My children grow rich in faith when they say me trust God to supply my needs.
      6.The less I have, the more I see God provide what I need.
      7.I trust God more and love money less.
      8.Contentment comes from trusting God and does not depend on my cash flow.
      9.I can get Grade 'A' produce and tasty breads free of charge at New Song Church. There’s enough resource in the world to e…

BAD NEWS FOR THE RICH

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There are many followers of Jesus, who have deaf ears to the next words of Jesus. 
As He addresses the rich, we automatically go in our minds to people that are richer than we are.

The poorest always can point to someone who is poorer and the rich can always point to someone who is better off.
When we hear the words of Jesus, let’s not only think about our socio-economic status. Poverty and wealth are not written in dollar signs. The world would have us believe that we can measure our success and failure by comparing to others.
There are incredibly rich poor people and dreadfully poor rich people. We are a church of low-income earners. We are often cash-strapped but rich in deep gladness. Jesus wants us to hear a deeper message about the inward wealth that comes from Heaven and the poverty of Spirit that finds resolve in God.
Luke 6:24 “But woe to you who are rich,
   for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
   for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who l…

GOOD NEWS FOR THE POOR

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Luke 6:20 Looking at his disciples, he said:   “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
In these verses we can see the essence of Jesus’ deep gladness.
    1.It will get better than it presently is. The inequity and sorrow of the world will change as the Kingdom of God comes to earth.    2.  You are in good company. If the ancient prophets were also oppressed, God has a message to bring through your poverty.
The poor of Jesus’ time were usually people who had no power in society. The rich were powerful through various means. Tax collectors were notorious for overcharging and getting rich in t…

WWJD WITH THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL BUDGET?

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In Ontario, a single person receives under $600 per month if they are on social assistance. With that amount they are expected to pay rent, buy groceries, travel to job interviews and take care of essential needs.
If that single person is disabled, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) pays up to $979 per month.[i]
If you qualify to receive this government assistance, it is likely that you have been unable to find employment that will provide better than this. Even if you work full-time at a job paying minimum wage, you will still make an annual income that falls below the poverty line.
If you have special dietary needs because of a health condition, food allergy or disease you may qualify for up to an additional $250 per month.
On March 26th in Toronto, Doctor Roland Wong appeared before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for a disciplinary hearing to determine whether he followed professional standards in prescribing the special food allowance to more than 14,000 pati…

IRREVERSIBLE FOCUS

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THIS BUSINESS OF LIVING

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AT HOME WITH THE HOMELESS

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WAR-TIME COMMITMENT

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