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Great Gain

“But godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6).
 
We recently attended an all-day birthday celebration for a relative who had just turned ninety. We didn’t take her a gift, as there was nothing she needed. That day, she had what she wanted. All her children and most of her grandchildren and great grandchildren came to help her celebrate.
 
Few people can say they are contented with what they have. We see many examples in the Bible. Adam and Eve had everything, including the companionship of God, but Satan tempted them to want more. They lost everything. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram coveted the power and authority God gave to Moses. They, their families, and those who rebelled with them were swallowed up by the earth (Numbers 16). Achan and his family lost their lives because Achan took of the devoted things when the Israelites destroyed Jericho (Joshua 7).
 
Greed for more wealth and more power leads to sin. It divides people, destroys families, and ruins lives. No wonder that Paul writes, “But having food and covering we shall be therewith content” (I Timothy 6:8).
 
Yes, we often think how wonderful it would be to be wealthy. We could help the church. We might give money to all sorts of good causes. But God knows that riches carry hidden dangers. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (I Timothy 6:17).
 
What are we to do with God’s great gifts? Be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. Most of all, put our trust and hope in God, Who will take care of us forever. That is great gain.
 
Hymn: “Jesus, We Thank You”
 
Prayer: Father, You have blessed us above all people because of the hope You have given us. Help us to put our trust in only You. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
 
Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado
donnarichmond93455@yahoo.com


Time

Today’s Bible Verse: “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” (Eccl 3:1 NASU).
 
I frequently wish I had more time, don’t you? Yet it is true that we all have the same amount. Yet it keeps marching on. The old proverb says “time and tide wait for no man.” As much as we might try (and advertisers try to convince us otherwise) we cannot stop the onset of time. That facial cream will not keep the wrinkles away forever. Exercise and a good diet will help, but old age and its ailments will set in nonetheless.

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Truth, Sincerity And Wisdom

Ponder: The audacity of the gospel
 
Scripture: “Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:23b NKJV).
 
In Athens, idolatry and human philosophy dominated the scene. As Paul viewed the city packed with statues, busts, temples, and altars, his “spirit was provoked within him” (Acts 17:16). He couldn’t stand it! He began preaching Christ, and ended up being tried before the Court of Aereopagus (Mars Hill).

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