Daily Devotional, Year 4 January 4 (Trickle-Down Christianity)

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 4

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Trickle-Down Christianity!

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Trickle-Down Economics!

 

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Remember that?

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Free-Marketers loved it!

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Socialists and Marxists absolutely hated it! And still do!

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President Ronald Reagan Addresses the Nation from the Oval Office on Tax Reduction Legislation – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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WHAT IS TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS?

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgSo just what exactly was this beloved/hated ideology?

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Actually, it is a very simple concept, namely, it is the idea that if the government gets out of the way of trying to tax and regulate small businesses, they will thrive, resulting in a robust economy in which new jobs will pop up like proverbial mushrooms after a heavy rain!

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Well, of course, this simple concept makes a lot of common sense!

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Question Mark – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS OF GIVING

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helping_the_homeless.jpg.

But the title of this article is “Trickle-Down Christianity”.

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So what’s that all about!?

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Well, of course, the obvious answer is that the more the Christian gives to trustworthy ministries, the more that those ministries will thrive, causing the Gospel to thrive, causing more and more souls to flourish! And of course, this type of whole-hearted benevolence trickles back down to the Giver!

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Listen…“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” Ephesians 6:8 

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Here we see, that even those who are not Christians receive back from the Lord, as much as they gave!

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Lady Helping the homeless street-person – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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But even though that’s the most obvious definition of Trickle-Down Christianity, the Trickle-Down effect goes far beyond that!

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Exclamation Mark – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-100506-M-2360J-038.jpg

TRICKLE-DOWN PRAYERS

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Yes, if we think about it, there is a trickle-down effect in every other aspect of Christianity, as well!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rezando.jpgFor example, just try to imagine the tremendous trickle-down effect to a fervent prayer-life! Just imagine how many souls will be blessed by the prayers of a God-fearing Christian…“Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf”. 2nd Corinthians 1:11

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Here we see that the prayers of the saints had a great and positive effect on the preaching of the Gospel during Paul’s ministry!

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Marine Praying – Wikimedia – USMC Public Domain

Woman Praying – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22However_pressing_his_duties_STM2-c_James_Lee_Frazer_always_finds_time_to_read_a_few_chapters_from_his_Bible_each_day._I_-_NARA_-_520675.jpgTRICKLE-DOWN BIBLE STUDY

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But how can there be a trickle-down benefit from Bible study? Well, doesn’t God refer to His Word as a double-edge sword? Yes, the Bible either cuts to save, but also cuts to destroy. And the more that a Believer hides that Word in his or her heart, the closer will be that Christian’s likeness to Christ! And so, not only will that Christian enjoy the benefits of wisdom of knowledge of God’s Word, but also will be a book, known and read of all men, inspiring them to likewise grow in the Word!

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However pressing his duties STM2-c James Lee Frazer always finds time to read a few chapters from his Bible each day. I – NARA – 520675 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TRICKLE-DOWN CHARITABLE DEEDS

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The human body was originally created in the image of God. And so, the body of Christ, the Church, is likewise recreated into the image of God. When one part of that body suffers, the whole body suffers. When one part of the body rejoices, that the entire body rejoices! And so, whether by growing in faith, or in prayer, or in any other aspect of Christianity, the entire body, the Church will likewise enjoy the fruits of one body-part! That’s right, whatever blessing we bestow on God’s people, will have its blessed effects upon the entire body of Christ!

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Remember our previous Bible verse? This likewise applies to good deeds!

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama – www.blog.travelpod.com

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgGOOD NEWS!

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Okay, so this is all very Good News! But the best Good News of all, is that you and I can begin this very minute to store up treasure in Heaven, in our giving of alms, in our fervent prayers, in our faith-walk, and in our growing in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord! And as we do so, the blessings will begin to flow out in every direction, not only in the body of Christ, but also, to the whole unsaved world!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“ADD THOU NOT!”

Proverbs 30:6

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Now having said all this, we must be very jealous to not add names and isms to God’s Pure and undefiled Word of Truth. So , we must discard this name, “Trickle-Down Christianity”, and any other name which the Bible does not name!

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So let’s just be quoting the Bible and not man-made “anythings” like this article has done!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Adding to or taking from God’s Word, the Bible

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to engage myself in giving of every type…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Today’s Devotional – February 4th (Why Doesn’t My Christianity Work?) 

 

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THE END

.Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

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THE ARK IN THE HEAVENS

Two Turtledoves birds & Flower Of The Field Constellations

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So what importance to us is all this information? Well, if a person goes out at night, beginning in April (earlier in southern-most latitudes, and later in northern-most), in the pre-dawn hour, they just might locate the constellation commonly referred to as the  Sagittarius Constellation  . It is located in the southern sky. (Each night it appears a little earlier, slowly inching westward, through the summer, until it finally disappears below the western horizon in November.)

Ark of the Covenant Constellation

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At first, it simply appears as two twin birds flying westward. But if you look once again, it just might appear as a long box-like figure, with one star on the right, as you face it, and two stars on the left. The box, of course would be the Ark, and the stars on either side would represent angels, which are sometimes referred to as stars in the Bible (for instance, “the seven stars are the angels…” Revelation 1:20). To the right is a star-chart from Wikipedia, in which the editor of this site has sketched in this Sagittarius Constellation, to show how God created it to appear.

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – summer constellations – Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius) -Flower of the Field (Scorpio) – Cross/Scepter Constellations (stars from Ophiochus & Serpens cut) – www.theheavensdeclare.net – Not for commercial profit uses!

Star-chart to right is from Wikipedia. Editor has sketched over Sagittarius to show this Ark Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…The Ark of the Covenant Constellation

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TOMORROW…

WORK IN PROGRESS – January 5 (The Pearl of Great Price)

 

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