God’s Provision for the Poor

Write something on the place the poor, widows, and orphans have in God’s heart.

Jeremiah 39:10
Jeremiah 22:16
Proverbs 14:20
Proverbs 19:4, 7
Isaiah 1:17
Psalm 140:12

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and the needy. (Ezekiel 16:49)

Deut. 15:14-15 No Poor

Job 5:15-16

Bug Illustration

Write something about the struggle a flying insect goes through to try and get through a glass window. You can try and guide it out an open window or door, but instead it tries to flee to safety and continue knocking its head against the glass. Put yourself in the place of the insect, and God’s guiding hand in the place of your guiding hand to the insect. Draw parallels.

Why Do Christian’s Suffer?

Write on the topic of Christian’s who suffer while non-believers seem to prosper and are greatly successful. Include thoughts on how each New Testament writer suffered as well as the audience they wrote to. Include thoughts on God’s view of success and prosperity versus the world’s view, and how much impact the world’s view truly has on us.

Psalm 73

2Cor. 6:3   We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

“This house is not for sale” signs in Kenya – desperation

To Be Satisfied

I want to write something relating the Israelites dissatisfaction of the quail and manna God provided for them in the desert to the dissatisfaction people find in material things, and the fact that they are always wanting more.

Illustration: Dog offered a big bone by a butcher. Sees his reflection in a puddle and decides he wants the “bigger” bone in the reflection. Growls at his reflection, tosses his bone, and goes for the bigger one realizing that it’s not really there.

Romeo & Juliet –> Art thou not satisfied?

Can we be satisfied with the things God has blessed us with?

Matt. 6:19   “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mark 8:12