Archives for October 2006

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Iraq War

I refer to the article on the abcnews website October U.S. Death toll in Iraq Hits 100.

I do not believe that it was right for America to go to war with Iraq in the first place.

This war has cost an enormous amount of money, which could have been used to build instead of destroy.

I believe that the church, to the extent that it backed the republican neo-cons in going to war, has failed God.

The weapons of OUR warfare are not carnal.

Thanks to those who visit this new blog

I really am honored by those who have visited this new blog. I hope you will register and post comments. You do not have to agree with what I say in order to post comments, but I reserve the right in some cases to not publish them. I would like to write on many diverse areas, more in a spirit of “this is my opinion” rather than “this is what I know to be true”.

Real Estate Investing

Real estate investing in the modern world has a number of advantages over investing in equities and derivative contracts.

1. Real estate tends more often than not to go up, because governments cannot “print” land (they can print fiat currency like US dollars though), and companies cannot issue land like they issue stock or stock options. There tends over time to be more and more people wanting access to the central places for commerce and housing. This puts an upward pressure on prices in real estate.

Trading Can be Good

Trading is perhaps a little more morally perilous than investing. It is often a zero-sum game, meaning – what you gain, someone else loses. That is the case with things like options and futures trading, in any case. International trade was practiced by saint and sinner alike. Solomon traded and became wealthy through it, but the alliances he built through foreign marriages which probably contributed to his success in trading definitely contributed to his spiritual downfall.

Investing is Good

God Himself often speaks in investment terms, and there is nothing inherently sinful in investing. That is not to say that it is O.K. for a Christian to invest in just anything – it would be wrong to invest in a tobacco company, a brothel or a casino since all these things tend to destroy people for the sake of company profit. But there are many companies or assets which may be good to invest in, some of which are currently underpriced relative to their true value.

In Isaiah 5 God speaks in terms of a vineyard, in which a lot of labour was invested, and sadly produced sour grapes.

Resources for the Lord’s Work

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me … Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.

God’s Desire for us to Prosper

 

Sin and the Gospel

3 John 2

Sin and the Gospel

3 John 2
Beloved, in regard to all things I pray that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

In a previous post I outlined one of the main reasons for the existence of pain, how it alerts us to the fact that something is wrong, that change is required. I also pointed out from the Scripture how God is a good God who wants to bless us. I began to show that God begins by working with us to put our soul – that is our mind, will and emotions in order so that He can then fulfil His desire to prosper us in all things.

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