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Storing Up Treasures in Heaven
It's important to realize that Jesus doesn't advocate a poverty mentality. Rather, Jesus encourages us to pursue riches. Yet, He offers us wisdom in the pursuit of riches. He advises us not to store up treasures here on the earth whether they rust, break and can get stolen. Instead, we are wise to store up our riches in heaven where they will remain with us throughout all of eternity.

My point is that Jesus doesn't focus on making choices of suffering for suffering's sake. Rather, we make sacrifices to give up one thing in order to receive another. Some people make the mistake of focusing on suffering as an end unto itself and Jesus never advocates this lifestyle.

He is focused on us finding the source for true wealth and life. He is the only true source. He wants us to enjoy the very best life has to offer. But, it does come down to a matter of choice. We can't necessarily have the best this life has to offer while at the same time storing up for ourselves the treasures offered by heaven. When given a choice, storing up eternity treasures yields much better eternal reward.


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By: John Tisdale
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God is calling us out of ourselves into an abundant life
God is passionate that people know Him, God is passionate about the poor and the oppressed, and God is passionate about you, and He is passionate about me, that we come to know Jesus, that we become like Jesus, and that we know the joy that only Jesus can bring. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." Problem is, we have an enemy, and that enemy convinces us that the abundant life consists of getting everything we want when we want it. Problem is that can lead to some temporary happiness but never to lasting joy. There`s a show on MTV called My Sweet Sixteen, and it`s about teenagers whose parents give them these elaborate 16th birthday parties, costing upwards of $200, 000 just for the party. They hire top named bands, they go buy a couple of cars, the girls get four or five expensive dresses just for one night. But invariably some little thing always goes wrong: the dress isn`t the right style or the Mercedes isn`t the right color, you know, tragic things like that. The people just dissolve into tears. That`s what happens when we indulge our every desire: our world shrinks down to me and mine, and when your world is small everything in it seems big, and pretty soon the tiniest things just make us miserable. God has a passion that we live more abundant lives than that, and the way he does that is to call us out of ourselves and into that big world that he made, and to serve others there.



By: Scott Dudley
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Born into poverty
Nazareth had a population of about 300 people. It basically consisted of several extended families.... All of Nazareth fit on about ten acres of land. There were no public buildings. There were no paved roads. There were no sewers. Half the population would have died in childbirth. Of those that survived, average life expectancy was thirty-something. No one in Nazareth was dressing for success. They would have one set of clothing, and the best they could hope for was to avoid dying or falling into debt.

That`s where Jesus grew up. His family, by the way, was so poor that when it was time for his parents to sacrifice a lamb for their firstborn son as required by Jewish law in Leviticus, they could not afford a lamb to commemorate this great marker of their lives. They had to sacrifice two birds.

You will not understand Jesus unless you understand this about Him: Jesus grew up a Jewish peasant. And when He came to earth, that was a part of what He chose.



By: John Ortberg
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Greed
I am challenged. A film I watched last night promoted the value of greed to make big business, but Jesus firmly says its a sin.



By: Chris Peacock
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THE WORLD IS CORRUPT AND EVIL DUE TO THE LOVE OF MATERIAL POSSESSIONS,CHILDRENS KILLS PARENTS AND PARENTS KILL CHILDREN,BROTHERLY LOVE IS NO MORE WAY OF LIFE.WE LIVE LIKE ENEMIES FIGHTING FOR RICHNESS AND MATERIAL POSSESSIONS



By: COOL JAY
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Material Things
They have no real value. Jesus did not require much. He did not hold on to material things. He did not have his own house and when his ministry began he did not even stay at home with his parents. He lived amongst the people and walked from place to place. His teachings were most important to him. It was about others and he did not represent material riches. He said that it would be harder for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God than a camel to get through an eye of a needle.  That is serious. There are too many in need for others to have too much and not even be able to use what they have. Jesus said "that which you do to unto the least of my brothers that you do unto me".



By: V. Israel
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Agree, but some questions

I definitely agree that greed is quite a rampant sin in the modern world. But where is the line one draws? Is it greed to want to have a decent house, car and clothes? Is it greed to want cable Internet instead of dialup?

Should we all sell our homes and cars and go live as beggars in the street? 



By: Elatia Grimshaw
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Jesus as Forsaking Riches/Material Possessions
Jesus wants everyone enjoy his riches and Glory. He doesn't want people live in poverty and misery he went to the cross so that we could enjoy a blessing. But we should know how to be his true disciples by meditating on his words not let our souls to drift away from him fall to the devils traps.



By: anonymous
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Things I want

Sometimes we ask God for things and if he doesn't deliver right away, we start questioning whether God really understands or even cares. Do we really trust God? Do we trust that God is good and sees a bigger picture than we ever could? It's easy to want what's right in front of us, but maybe God knows what's better for us, and sometimes we just can't see it.



By: Vipool Patel
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Homeless
Jesus comes across as having a sense of homelessness. Kinda, not belonging in any one physical place. [I] have nowhere to lay [my] head Luke 9:57-48. He surely had a home to go to back at his mum`s if he needed to. So this sense of homelessness is most likely to be an feeling of not really feeling at home on earth and that Jesus really belonged in with his father God in heaven.



By: Chris Peacock
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The devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Jesus, "All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only." ( Matthew 4:8-10)

And as they were going along the road, someone said to Him, "I will follow You wherever You go." And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." ( Luke 9:57-58)

And He instructed His disciples that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belt; but to wear sandals; and He added, "Do not put on two tunics." ( Mark 6:8-9)

The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." ( Matthew 19:20)

Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches." Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things, and they were scoffing at Him And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God." ( Luke 16:13-15)

And someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." But He said to him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbiter over you?" And He said to them, "Beware and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions." ( Luke 12:13-15)

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