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Poverty & Grace

Posted in #money with tags , on November 5, 2010 by timwindsorbrown
<posted July ’10>
Even as student finances go, its been a tight few weeks.

dictionary.com defines poverty as:

The state or condition of having little or no money, goods or means of support…

Compared to the world’s majority, people reading this are minted beyond belief, however we all endure seasons of ‘apparent poverty’. And it hurts.

Paul relates. Speaking of the prosperity and poverty pendulum, he says

In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

(Phil.4:11-12 ESV)

What is this secret?

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Phil.4:19 ESV)

If God provides everything we need, why does he permit our poverty?

I found some reasons:

1. Poverty shows we aren’t in control.

2. Poverty reveals the ‘idols of the heart’…what we worship.

3. Poverty is humbling.

4. Poverty shows satisfaction in God is ‘In any and every circumstance’.

reason #1 to #lovemanchester

Posted in #lovemanchester with tags , , on June 28, 2010 by timwindsorbrown
‘And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city…’
Jonah 4:11

People don’t love cities, they love what they can consume from cities. A good time, a good buy.
God, however, loves cities even though the city has done JACK to deserve such attention:
‘what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?’
Ps.8:4
Ninevah was undeserving and God was hooked on loving them. In the same way, Manchester is undeserving and God is hooked on loving them and bringing them into a real relationship with him.
Because of this, God has given Christians his heart, to #lovemanchester, to serve Manchester, not consume it, to bleed for Manchester, as Jesus bled for us.
If  as I do, you are into Jesus and live  in Manchester, do you honestly #lovemanchester?
If not, pray for your heart.