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Maintain the Lord’s Perspective about Money

All this talk about work and money in the world may lead one to become preoccupied with the possession of things.  We might even believe the bumper sticker which says, “He who dies with the most wins.”  Yes Proverbs speaks to work and money, but we as Christians must maintain a proper perspective.  This perspective comes from what may be called “better” passages in Proverbs.

Read it for yourself in Proverbs 15:16.  The emphasis is not on the accumulation of wealth, but in the “fear of the Lord.”  The Christian is to first and foremost maintain a proper relationship with the Lord.  It is better than great wealth.

Also read of this perspective in Proverbs 16:8.  Doing what is right before God (“righteousness”) is better than great income. While the two are not necessarily in conflict, “righteousness” is the focus of the believer’s life.

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Another “better” passage is in Proverbs 16:16.  Wisdom and understanding are to be preferred even over the most precious of earthly commodities.

Proverbs 22:2 also tells us that in the end the rich and the poor are the same.  God creates us all.  Death is also reduces us to a common level.

With this perspective on work, money and wealth, one by the name of Agur prayed in Proverbs 30:7-9 for neither riches nor poverty.  Both extremes could lead him astray.  Honoring the Lord was his main concern.  Thus, he asked from God just what he needed. Finally, this idea of proper perspective is beautifully portrayed in Proverbs 10:22.  Be it little or great, realizing that no matter what we have comes from the blessing of the Lord changes our attitude regarding wealth.  Ultimately it is not our hard work, our generosity, or that we are “self made.”  Even if rich, it comes from the Lord.

It is often said that those who have the most are the most miserable.  They learn the hard way that money does not bring happiness.  But, when the believer keeps this perspective (Proverbs 10:22) that all is a blessing from the Lord, then what He has given us does not bring agony or sorrow.  There is nothing like the enjoyment of knowing that what you have comes personally from the Lord God, our Creator.  It is better than even the things which He has given us.

Fortunately, the Lord has left these great guiding principles in the Book of Proverbs for us to look to and honor Him in that which plays such a significant part of our lives–in our work and our use of money.  Search Quine and Proverbs and read it for yourself.

Jay Quine challenge study: Tribulation “The Day of the Lord” Now, Not Yet?  Yes or No?

What kind of “day” is this, one of blessing, or one of judgment?

Isaiah 13:9-11

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Zephaniah 1:14-18

Zephaniah 3:14-16

How long is this “day”?

Joel 2:18—3:21

“The Day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning with God’s dealing with Israel after the R________ at the beginning of the T_____________ period and extending through the S__________ A__________ and the M___________ age unto the creation of the N_____ H__________ and N_____ E_______ after the Millennium.” (J.D. Pentecost, Things to Come, p. 230-31)

When will it begin?

2Peter 3:10-13

1Thes 5:2

There are three things which identify the “day’s” beginning.  Are they here now?

2Thes 2:1-12

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Therefore, there are three major aspects of this “day”:

  1. God’s judgment in the Tribulation period
  2. God’s blessings in the millennial kingdom
  3. The entire period from the beginning of the Tribulation until the forming of the New Heavens and New Earth.

SO WHAT DO YOU CONCLUDE?

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Reconciliation of the Corinthian Letters

Dr. Jay A. Quine

While based in Ephesus for three years (Acts 18:23; 19:1—20:1, 31) it appears that Paul made an unrecorded visit to Corinth (comparing Acts 20:1-2 with 2 cor 12:14, and 13:1 which makes that visit the third visit).  Paul wrote a letter now lost following this unrecorded visit (1Cor 5:9-11).  He sends Timothy with this letter.  Meanwhile, Paul receives news from Corinth (from Cleo’s household, 1Cor 1:11, and Apollos, 1Cor 16:12), receives a letter from them (1Cor 7:1) and writes a “sorrowful letter” (2Cor 7:8).  This is likely the letter we call 1 Corinthians.  Paul sent Titus to carry 1 Corinthians (2Cor 7:12-14).  In his anxiety, Paul heads off for Corinth, but meets Timothy(?) and Titus in Macedonia (2Cor 2:12-13; 7:6-16).  They report good news about the Corinthians.  Paul then writes a letter which we call 2 Corinthians from Macedonia.  He sends the letter with Titus and the two brethren (2cor 7:16-24) and visits Corinth himself sometime soon thereafter, staying for three months (Acts 19:21; 20:3).

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Colossians 3:23  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.

Christians understand the value God places on our work.  These are not merely our jobs, but are a means to worship the Lord.  The Bible says, “do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men.” This is Dr. Jay Quine, asking you to remember the word’s instruction for your “work”.   Work well done rises like a hymn of praise to God. This means that the doctor on the rounds, the scientist in the laboratory, the teacher in the classroom, the musician at the music, the artist at the canvas, the shop assistant at the counter, entering data at the computer, the business owner, or board member, the homemaker in the kitchen — all doing their work as it should be done are joining in a great act of worship.  This Monday, remember God doesn’t care so much what you do but how you do it in your work.  Have a productive work day for your Boss, the Lord God.

Quine on the Never Ending List of Lust

Quine on the Never Ending List of Lust

Romans 1:24 Breaking the Power of Lust

My wife describes the catalogues we receive in the mail as lustalogues.  Whether a different house, set of clothes, or new TV there is no lack of objects to desire.  The Bible uses the word “Lust” like a bated hook.  The fish sees the worm to enjoy, but fails to notice the deadly barb lying beneath the surface (James 1).  We are enticed by our lust, and hooked.  This is Dr. Jay Quine, apply this word to your life today, and close the catalogues; be content, and remember, the Lord provides all things richly to enjoy.

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Romans 2:23 and the Gift of Salvation

If I forget my wife’s birthday, or our anniversary, or forget to get her a gift on Christmas I’m in trouble.  These are not gifts, these are obligations!  The Bible uses the word “gift” when there is no demand to give.  Under no requirement God offers us the free gift of eternal life.  Since it is a gift, we cannot pay for it.  The price has already been fully paid.  All we can do is say, “thank you, Lord for this gift of salvation.”  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  This is Dr. Jay Quine encouraging you to take the free “gift” of eternal life that God offers you through faith in Jesus Christ.

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