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Economics begins in the Sanctuary

By Michael Kloss

Joseph did not interpret pharaoh’s dreams through his own cunning; he was blessed by God with wisdom and judged the scenes in pharaoh’s dream prophetically. There is nothing new under the sun and the Wisdom of God is ours for the asking. It is more precious than gold or silver and given to us as kings to judge this world. We must see through new eyes; eyes given to us by Jesus.

Modern famines in the US are often the result of economic bubbles; artificial wealth followed by hard times. Bubbles are made to burst. The foundation of modern economics is borrowing and borrowing. We must see this for what it is. We must not fall into the get rich or keep rich schemes of the world. Prospecting is no wiser if it is done by men in business suites with masters’ Degrees.  Joseph’s strategy, based on the wisdom he received from heaven, was to save for the lean years during the fat years. Biblical economics is simple and difficult all at once. Read the rest of this entry »

 

The States’ Role in Social Services

By Dean Hellekson

We live in a day when there is much debate between the jurisdiction of the Church and the State, especially when it comes to social issues.  Many conservatives would say that social issues are solely the responsibility of the Church, and law and order are the responsibility of the State.  On the other hand, many liberals would say that social, moral, educational, parenting and commercial issues are the responsibility of the State.  But the question here isn’t what conservatives or what liberals think about these jurisdictional responsibilities, but rather what God thinks about them.  And of course, we all like to marshal our opinions on the side of God because it makes our rationale all the more definitive.  But if we are to look at the Scriptures and analyze them in their context, and then ask some questions of our context, it might be that we find ourselves neither conservative, nor liberal, but rather something of a hybrid. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Are you on welfare?

By David Young

In early May 2010, Greece has been almost paralyzed by riots. More than 100,000 people, just a few weeks ago, rioted in the streets to demand better pay, higher employment, and more welfare programs to stave off the current economic depression. Within days, the international bond markets responded to the crisis by increasing the cost of this Greek debt by more than triple overnight. Guaranteeing collapse of the Greek state, should the European Union leaders remain silent.

But is Greece alone in this very real crisis?

Consider Ireland, crushed by a current reported unemployment rate of 20%. Not far behind are the rest of the PIIGS countries, as they are called. In sum, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain all threatened to break up the Eurozone due to years of massive entitlement programs and spending. The EU did pull together support from Germany, France, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Federal Reserve to collaboratively build a $950 Billion dollar bailout, all in mid-May. This package is only meant to keep the PIIGS from collapsing for three years. After that, the clock is reset for the new governing leaders to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »

 

The Methodist Painter; Van Gogh the Apostate

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By Michael Kloss

History is a schoolroom. The lives of covenant members, good and bad throughout history, teach us and our children lessons about our own trials, tribulations and faith. There is nothing new under the sun and the best way to deal with situations that arise in our times is to correctly understand our history. God moves and shapes events, and there is much we can learn from the dust that has risen up and been laid aground before us.

Vincent Van Gogh can teach us a great deal about the real sin of Apostasy. Yet, the psycho analysts would instead turn his struggle with faith into a steamy story of drugs, whores and artistic impetus. Few know that before he was a painter, he was a Methodist preacher. He was an evangelist and schoolteacher. He loved God’s word, studied it and declared it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in The Body of our Lord

 

True Liberty

Written by Dean Hellekeson

Liberty is a word that is thrown around like an over used Frisbee.  Everyone in America is using it, and everyone in America is defining it, yet very few understand it.  And why is this?  Because we now live in the age where you can make up definitions as you go.  There is not a “right” answer, only “your” answer.  So, with everyone allowed to define, we now live in a wonderful world of polytheism. Read the rest of this entry »