Is The Sabbath Only For the Jews?

Was the sabbath is only for the jews? This is the standard view held by most modern churches and denominations. Rather that give a ‘yes’ / ‘no’ answer, let’s look at a few references in The Bible and stories that speak to the Sabbath issue.


From The Bible

“There will be neither Jew nor Gentile in the kingdom of God!”


Facts

The emnity of the law was destroyed – not the law itself!

The finger of God wrote the 10 Commandments and God is the same yesterday and forever – the finger of Moses wrote the law of moses.


Short Story That Speaks To Keeping the Commandments

One day the lawyer of a murderer offered to pay his fine for him to get him out of jail. The judge refused bail but a murderer was let off by a judge who gave him grace, pardoning him from the death penalty so he was no longer condemned – i.e not under the condemnation of the law. However, the murder thanked the judge and enquired of him;

“am I now free to kill my inmates should they became rowdy or if he wish to do so for any reason?”

The judge replied;

“No… you have been pardoned this once from your sin and you are no longer condemmed by the law for your sin but you are still under the law and are not free to kill. And you would not be free to do so, and still under the law if I pardon you a 100 times!”

 

What Does The Bible Say About Money

Money Management & The Bible

open-bibleonwhiteWhere do material blessings come from and what does The Bible say about money? Deuteronomy 8:18. “remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

Can money get in the way of more important things? Jeremiah 9:23-24.
Wealth can become the centre of our life and take God’s place.
“This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”

Wealth can give us wrong attitudes about material things, Luke 12:15 NIV
“Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

You cannot serve both God and Money.
I Timothy 6:9. “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”

Though not impossible, it’s difficult for the rich to enter heaven – God’s kingdom. Mark 10:23-25, NIV.
“Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at His words. Then Jesus said, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God!”

The love of money leads to evil. I Timothy 6:10, NIV.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Greed often accompanies prosperity and can lead to crime. James 4:1-2,
“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don’t have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can’t afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”

The Bible and Tithing

The more you give, the greater your heavenly (notice it didn’t say earthly!) reward. Luke 12:33-34, NIV
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor: Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

God asks us to return tithe [10%] and offerings to Him and in return He promises unlimited blessings.
Malachi 3:8-10, NIV.  “Will a man rob God?” Yet you rob Me. “But you ask, “How do we rob You?” In tithes and offerings.” Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Christ endorsed tithing.
Matthew 23:23, NIV.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

How may all, rich and poor, honor God?
Proverbs 3:9, NIV.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

What About Investment in The Bible

What investment strategy does God recommend? I Timothy 6:17-19, NIV.
“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. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Christ’s teachings don’t advise investments that are safe or investments of limited liability. His teachings always encourage stepping out in faith but always coupled with wisdom. In fact there is no safe investment.

Contentment is not related to amount of money or possessions. Philippians 4:12-13, TLB.
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”

A valuable reminder for property owners.
Leviticus 25:23, TLB.
“And remember, the land is Mine, so you may not sell it permanently. You are merely My tenants and sharecroppers!”

If we put God first, He will take care of all our needs. Matthew 6:33, NIV.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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Socially Responsible Social Networking Sites

Socially Responsible Social Networks

little-devil-illustrationAs you can imagine – the list is quite small! Many sites and services – especially social networking sites are now waking up to the idea if not just being social – but socially aware too! We hit the ‘green’ peak a couple of years back but now with the global economy (predicted my many includnig me) on the downturn – making vast fortunes from millions of web users and giving nothing back but the ability to ‘connect’ just doesn’t seem good enough. Accordingly – with social networks – there is a shift towards looking not just at social networking in and end to itself – but to start looking at global needs and causes and how they can do something actually useful other than ‘twitter’ on about – well – nothing. Below are some websites we found that seem to be geared towards helping the poor, needy, down and out and those people in societies at home and abroad that can’t help themselves.


Featured Socially Responsible Network

www.budiz.com – the Social Network with a Social Conscience
What they say: Budiz is a social network with a social conscience and connects you with people who are interested in what your into – find old and new friends, school friends, classmates, activity partners, singles, information, business networking, socially aware organisations, videos and advice on just about anything you can think of. Budiz puts the ‘social’ back into social networks! Unlike any other social network – Budiz DOES NOT keep or sell your data and profits go to charity!


 

Socially Aware & Socially Responsible Social Networks

www.tree-nation.com
Tree-Nation is an ecological project with a focused objective: To plant 8 million trees in Niger, Africa to fight desertification! Large-scale plantation of trees will increase the land’s productivity and re-generate the soil. Tree-nation is an online community in which you can buy your own tree and become the guardian of a real and happy tree that we will plant in our park in Niger. Our objective is two-fold: Primarily environmental, but also closely linked to the humanitarian aid that it will provide in the long term. The project will benefit local populations in terms of welfare, education and farming practices. And that’s not all… The benefits of preventing desertification extend beyond trees to other kinds of plant and animal life. Any opportunity to re-introduce and/or help prevent any endangered species will therefore become an integral part of our mission.

www.sociallyresponsibleinvesting.org
What they say: Socially Responsible Investing
Each day we have a choice on whether our actions reflect our conscience. But it’s all too easy to divorce our values from our wallets. How can we ‘walk our talk’ when it comes to our short and long-term investments? The origins of what has become known as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) dates back to biblical times when Judaic law laid down directives to invest ethically.   Today, SRI is primarily defined as portfolio decisions motivated by a company’s performance in several broad areas, including:

  • Environmental Impact
  • Tobacco & Alcohol Production
  • Weapons Contracting
  • International Operations & Human Rights

In addition to negative and positive screening, the true power of SRI is found in its shareholder activism — a powerful, effective tool that affects corporate policies throughout the world. And while the popularity of SRI has been phenomenal — with socially screened portfolios growing from $165 Billion in 1995 to over $3 Trillion in 2006 — most studies suggest that SRI-screened portfolios have about the same risk-adjusted returns as their unscreened counterparts**.   Socially Responsible Investing not only earns competitive returns, but also helps to build a sustainable future and enhance our quality of life through shareholder activism.  www.awardlist.co.uk – csr awards list

Awards are granted to up to five companies or individuals that have demonstrated excellence in integrating social responsibility in multiple aspects of their businesses. The contestants are judged in six categories of equal weight, with the highest total scores being the winners. The categories are: Community Involvement, Education, Health, Employee Empowerment, Environment, and Sourcing. The criteria have been adapted from guidelines established by the Social Venture Network in a document titled, “Standards of Corporate Social Responsibility,” which is available at the SVN website, http://www.svn.org/initiatives/standards.html or you can download the document Here.

The Top 10, Socially Responsible Brands off the Internet

(independent poll – looking at the list this must be a joke right?!)

  1. Ben & Jerry’s
  2. Wal-Mart
  3. Coca-Cola –
  4. Newman’s Own
  5. Target
  6. Yoplait
  7. Whole Foods Market
  8. Burt’s Bees
  9. Starbucks
  10. Kashi

 

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Christian Debt Advice and Help

Debt Advice & Help for Christians on Getting out of Debt

depressed-lady-onwhiteAlthough the following advice is pretty tough, it’s meant to encourage, not add guilt if you are struggling financially. Fusion does not teach the nonsense prosperity gospel – can you see Jesus teaching that?! Let’s look at him. No – there’s a difference between god blessing us with wealth and us expecting it!

We appreciate it is more difficult for some to be debt free than others. Plus, there are companies out there who rely on you being in debt and make it their business to dream up new ways to keep you there. We know there are rich and poor among us so we don’t want to trivialise anyones predicament. God knows our problems and our debt and sometimes it can be crushing. We hope this helps.

open-bibleonwhiteWhat Does The Bible Say on Loans and Being in Debt?

The Bible says ‘don’t get into debt try to practice this wise counselling. Settle the smallest debts so that you can see light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t stop till you are in the clear. We are accountable to ourselves and God. Don’t wallow in pity. We all have problems so grow up and do something to get out of debt. This may mean serious sacrifice.

Change your life by changing your attitude. This applies to work and money. Don’t conform to others …ie be lazy… work hard and think differently. Success (becoming mature in Christ) = belief and commitment. You can do almost anything so long as it doesn’t violate His law or fellow humans. It is a fact that although we shouldn’t make financial security our final goal or God – these things are more likely to come to those who are responsible. To those that can see others struggling – help them out.

Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. Psalm 37:8, TLB
.”Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don’t fret and worry -it only leads to harm.”

There’s no need to worry, God has everything under control. Matthew 6:31-33, TLB.
“So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and He will give them to you if you give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to.”

We cannot stop worrying until we replace it with something better – prayer. Philippians 4:6-7, TLB.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.”

Worrying is a waste of time. Luke 12:25-26, TLB.
“And besides, what’s the use of worrying? What good does it do? Will it add a single day to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t even do such little things as that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” Give all your worries to the Lord. , I Peter 5:7, TLB. “Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”

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Christians At Work & Christianity In The Workplace

Christianity & Biblical Advice for Christians when at Work

open-bibleonwhiteEmployees are to work as though God were their boss.
Ephesians 6:7-8, NIV.
“Serve and work wholeheartedly, as if you were serving and working for the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good work he does, whether he is slave or free.” Employees should be trustworthy. Proverbs 25:13, NIV
“Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.”


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What Does The Bible say about your faith in the workplace

Does attitude on the job matter? Colossians 3:23, TLB.
“Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters.”

Exploitation of workers by employers does not escape God’s notice. James 5:4, TLB.

“For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. Their cries have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.”

It is important to work to earn a living.
II Thessalonians 3:11-12, TLB.
“Yet we hear that some of you are living in laziness, refusing to work, and wasting your time in gossiping. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we appeal to such people get to work, and earn their own living.”

Christians should be known as those who do their best. Titus 2:9-10, NIV.
“Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”

A man who fails to work to provide for his family denies the faith. I Timothy 5:8, NIV.
“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

All our work ought to be done with Christ in mind.
Ephesians 6:6-7, TLB.
“Don’t work hard only when your master is watching and then shirk when he isn’t looking; work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for Christ, doing the will of God with all your hearts.”

Work knowing that God will evaluate your efforts.
II Timothy 2:15, TLB.
“Work hard so God can say to you, “Well done.”Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. Know what His Word says and means.”

Does attitude matter? Colossians 3:23, TLB.
“Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters.” Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

A man who fails to provide for his family denies the faith. I Timothy 5:8, TLB.
“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

A lesson from nature on how to work.
Proverbs 6:6-11, NIV.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”reverence for Christ.”

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What Does The Bible say about the Right way of Doing Business?

“most great achievements cost someone very dearly”

open-bibleonwhiteIt is unwise to make financial success a priority. Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money! 


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Goals in Christian Business

Plan ahead and have goals.Luke 14:28-31, TLB.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?”

It is wise to have a goal in mind

Proverbs 13:16, TLB.
“A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it!”

Get wise counsel when setting goals

Proverbs 15:22, TLB.
“Plans go wrong with too few counsellors; many counsellors bring success.”

The first principle of problem solving is get the facts

Proverbs 18:13
“What a shame -yes, how stupid! – to decide before knowing the facts!”

The second principle of solving problems is be open to new ideas

Proverbs 18:15, TLB.
“The intelligent man is always open to new ideas – he looks for them.”

Plan carefully, not in haste

Proverbs 21:5, NIV. “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

Goals should include submission to God

James 4:15-16, TLB. “What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we shall live and do this or that – Otherwise you will be bragging about your own plans, and such self-confidence never pleases God.”

The third principle of problem solving is hear both sides of the story

Proverbs 18:17, TLB.
“Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.”

How does God want us to respond to problems?

James 1:2-4, NIV.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Hard time solving your problems?

James 1:5 “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask; But when you ask Him, be sure you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a sea that is tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect God to give you a solid answer.”

Trust in God rather than self for guidance.

Proverbs 3:4-6, TLB. “If you want favour with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

What’ the key to success in Christian Business?

Joshua 1:8 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

How To Get Something Done

Getting something done is an up hill struggle. Everything’s pushing down on us, time, age, finances, even gravity! But god promises to provide everything we need for success, (only when we need it!)
Also God’s thinking and idea of success may not be in line with yours! – so best not to argue with God. If your plans do go against God’s, you won’t be thrown out of the heaven but your plans might not work!

1) Learn to walk before you can run. Do one thing well before you go on to the next.

2) Weigh up what people say. People will often try to put you off saying something “can’t be done” when it can. This is human nature. Consider what the Bible says and the effect what you say has on others. Naysayers never built great enterprises.

3) Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you but don’t attempt to do everything yourself if possible – share responsibility.

Other Great Business Sayings, Quotes and Business Tips!

“taking care of people should be your first priority”

care more
be wise

risk more
be safe

dream more
be practical

expect more
think possible

“humble origins instil drive and compassion”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“if it captures your imagination it will capture others”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“vision is what they call when you see what others cant”

“a phrase used by one of the most organised and successful companies I ever worked for . . . “
“Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance!”

“luck is the residue of design”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“whenever you see a successful business someone made a courageous decision”

“unfortunately we are judged on what we have done not what we are capable of doing”

“sincerity sells better than business plans”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“yes you can reinvent a commodity”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“when you see an opportunity of a lifetime move quickly”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“those who dream by night awake to find it all was vanity. Those dreamers of the day are dangerous men as they may act their dreams with open eyes and make it possible”

“whatever you can do, or dream you can, . . .begin it. boldness has genius in it.”

“meaningful mission statements have teeth”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“a hundred story building first needs a strong foundation”
“The builders of visionary companies concentrate building a ticking clock rather than hitting a market just right with a visionary product idea”

“you need investors with strong stomachs”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“the best executive picks good men and restrains from meddling with their decisions”
Howard Shultz – founder of Starbucks

“without romance and vision a company has no soul., It can’t succeed on ideas alone”

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