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Thursday, August 4, 2011

This is your bible - Dow Jones

I saw a headline on an article today which caught my attention. It read:
"This is your bible - Dow Jones". It was, of course, a catchy line to sell
you information on how to better survive financially in our world today.

I didn't care for their analogy at all, but I understand many people use the
word "bible" in different ways. Originally the word simply meant "book".
Today the word "Bible" is applied to many other books such as The
Carpenter's Bible, etc. The word "Bible" in most cases, in our common
understanding it refers to The Word of God given by inspiration of the Holy
Spirit to men in days gone by. Take a look at your dictionary or do a search
on line and you will see that is the most understood meaning.

The thing that bothers me about the heading I mentioned is that it plays on
the change of values in our society that has turned money and financial
security into the god of some people. They proclaim: "This is your bible -
Dow Jones," but is it really?

What is your greatest concern? Yes, you can argue that "you must have
security for yourself and your family," but what is your greatest concern,
Financial security or Spiritual security?

Do you remember the parable told by Jesus of the rich farmer in Luke
12:16-21? Notice again the words of "THE REAL BIBLE": "And he told them
this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He
thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build
bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say
to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life
easy; eat, drink and be merry." "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very
night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have
prepared for yourself?' "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up
things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Yes, it is important to prepare the best you can for yourself and your
family, but what about preparing for the life after this one? Jesus had
something to say about this in Matthew 6:19-21 notice what he said, "Do not
store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and
where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break
in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

"This is your Bible - Dow Jones". I don't think so, what about you?

Russ Lawson

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