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Charitable Contributions

I saw online someone suggesting that people should contribute quick (to NCTM, in this case).

My response:

Yes, we should contribute to NCTM’s Trust. However, I think “charitable deductions will be treated very differently in the coming year,” is misleading. It is my understanding, with the new tax bill, that charitable deductions can still be itemized as they have been. The ‘argument’ that has been put out (by the media also) is that with a higher *standard deduction* there will be some who won’t be ‘motivated’ to give to charitable groups, because they aren’t going to itemize deductions. Ugh! People need to give to NCTM, the Salvation Army, churches, etc. because it’s the right thing to do — now out of greed of what they’ll save on taxes.

IN FACT, with the government giving less and less to schools, communities, and social services it is MORE important that people to make charitable donations.

Charles Spurgeon Quotes

Charles Spurgeon – English preacher 19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892

Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things.

Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.

Preach Christ or nothing: don’t dispute or discuss except with your eye on the cross.

Calvin’s Micah 6:8 Prayer

In the Calvin commentary on Micah he includes this prayer. (I have the Calvin app.)

It is broad and far-reaching, in the same way that Micah 6:8 is broad and far-reaching.

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13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13

We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.

J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=yI_EAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT45&lpg=PT45&dq=J+C+Ryle+Occupy+until+i+come.+do+not+forget+this+charge+to+occupy&source=bl&ots=AE4rWepV6l&sig=XFQI89SeZacUCxQFqCIDEkCqRBE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuuc6v6a_WAhUJzIMKHZbvCLwQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=J%20C%20Ryle%20Occupy%20until%20i%20come.%20do%20not%20forget%20this%20charge%20to%20occupy&f=false

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50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth

50_Ways_to_Build_Strength_Caring_for_Youth. (PDF)

Grant Reed’s words at the WIU Assembly

Grant Reed gave the student address at the WIU Assembly on 8-17-17. He had an excellent message.

It is so easy to be fragmented and let division and differences win. We don’t always have to agree, but we can be respectful of one another, compromise, and find commonality.

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Creeds, et al.

from Creeds – Part 2 by Communio Sanctorum History of the Church season 2.

Creed – I believe = ‘creedo’  – a statement of faith. core elements

Confessions – elaborates on a Creed.  a more detailed description of the things of God.

Catechism – to teacher/instruct; outlines of teaching. Have aspects of creeds and confessions.

Councils – meetings/gatherings of believers.

Ephesians 4:11-12

Equipped, for works, for service, build up the body of Christ.

Spoudazo

Spoudazo means with energy.
We saw the Spoudazo group at Okoboji on 7-23-17.
Group of HS students from Fremont, NE.

The second to the last song was “My Story” (which, in it’s own way, lays out the Gospel).

See https://youtu.be/1TKAN-nAsu8   Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bigdaddyweave/mystory.html

It ended with Francesca Battistelli’s “Write Your Story.”
See http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Lexicon.show/ID/G4704/spoudazo.htm for the 11 times it appears in the Bible (NT). I especially like 2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,

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Permissible yes, helpful, maybe not

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23 “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. 24 No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person.

1 Corinthians 23-24 Holman Bible

We need to look to be helpful and build up.  As more and more is being allowed in our society, more and more people need to make good decisions and good choices.