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You were asking for financial links here are some I have checked out and guests from these pages have been on Focus on the Family and other shows.
http://www.crown.org/financialwisdom/family/default.asp
http://www.cheapskatemonthly.com/
www.soundmindinvesting.com
hope these are helpful.

Exodus 8:1-9:35

The silliness of “sin” continues to be seen with the plague of frogs. Why would you try to produce “more” frogs after Aaron had stretched out his “staff” toward all the rivers, canals and marshes of Egypt so that there were frogs in every corner of the land? Why would you want more frogs? I can’t imagine having these amphibious creatures hopping around in every area of my house. I think last year was the first time I noticed that the “magicians” response to the first few plagues were just mind boggling and I wondered how silly and foolish my responses had been toward the undeniable power of God that was all around me during the twenty years I proclaimed, “God was dead!”

Thank you Mike for bringing in God’s challenge to the gods of the Egyptians during the days of these plagues, but are we such a stubborn people that we refuse to acknowledge God’s power when it is undeniably right in our faces. The gods we serve are shown to us in all their weaknesses, yet we fail to give them up and turn to the one true God. I once journaled on why we keep our little gods in spite of being shown their impotence and I think it is because we can control those gods. So in reality we use a false humility in hiding behind an impotent god when we are the ones like the Wizard of Oz hiding behind the curtain of control. It is a control thing, and we want to be in control, don’t tell me what to do!

The other thing I find fascinating is that Pharaoh wanted the frogs out but he chose “tomorrow” as the day to be free of the hopping critters, why? Do we sing the song of “Tomorrow” when it comes time to be delivered? Had Pharaoh grown an attachment to all those frogs in his bed? Gnats, flies and hail after experiencing the blood and frogs what does it take for us to come into the saving knowledge of God? A chorus of Tomorrows may be too late.

It has occurred to me that famine brought the children of Israel into Egypt and it would be famine, caused by the stubbornness of leadership, which would usher out the children of Israel from Egypt. When you have a succession of “natural” disasters that impact your crops and livestock, you are getting ready for famine: famine of food and famine of common sense.

Matthew 19:13-30

The disciples wanted to send the children away, why? Did they think Jesus didn’t want to be bothered with little “rug rats?” Did they project their real feelings about children on to Jesus? Obviously they presumed to know whom Jesus wanted in his “audience,” and obviously they didn’t know him well enough to know how precious they were in his sight,and the example they were to all of us showing us how to come to Him. Am I presumptuous of who Jesus will and will not have an audience with?

The rich young ruler or man comes to Jesus with a question and Jesus gives him a loaded answer. “"Why ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "Only God is good …” Only God is good, is part of his response. I know that we focus on Jesus response to keeping the commandments, which by the way Jesus responds to him by giving to him only half the commandments. The ones dealing with how we are to come and respond to God, the first half, Jesus does not even mention. The first half is what this man had a problem with and Jesus was saying to him, “Only God is good …” This I believe was a “listen up” response because Jesus was proclaiming His divinity. If “Only God is good,” then we who talk about how good we are to justify our behavior and to prove that we are trustworthy and are people of integrity, have to take that phrase out of our vocabulary cupboard. Jesus’ response to his question is what has “jumped out at me” in this passage.

The other piece to this for me is the disciple’s responses to the go and sell all you have directive. Peter states, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get out of it?” These boys didn’t sign up for a “spiritual” reward. They followed Jesus for some kind of payback. Probably they visualized a reward, a payment based on their background. And again obviously they never really discussed this with Jesus; they kind of assumed they would get a return on their investment. Disappointment is never based on what you find; disappointment is always based on what you expected to find. When we go through a list of things that we have “done for Jesus” (Can we really do anything for God? Isn’t it the other way around? God is inviting us to come be co-laborers with Him because in truth, God doesn’t need our help He loves us so much he invites us to help bake the cake.), when things fall apart or tragedy comes our way we are really saying, “Jesus this is not the payback I expected for following you.” Unmet expectations may have been the motivating factor for Jesus’ betrayal.

Psalm 24:1-10

This Psalm is a reflective Psalm and it appears after staying that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it …” we are given time to think on what the writer has said. Then after this short or long interlude a burst of understanding or revelation knowledge comes to the writer who proclaims, “Open up ancient gates and let this King of Glory come in… “ This refrain is a refrain of praise and joy, probably said with a raised voice or at least the decibels of my voice would more than likely go up a notch or two.

Proverbs 6:1-5

Mike I read your request for links that discuss getting out of debt or at least financial responsibility. And I know that I need to exercise control in that area but I realized that the real problem is that we need to identify and manage better our needs and wants, which we confuse. We think if I just get those disguised looking needs that are really wants we will be all right and swimming in champagne, which is a lie from hell. I think if we can learn to be content with what we have, then a debt management program would be easy for us to manage.

This section of Proverbs is also warning us to not set ourselves up to serve other people’s choices, which do not necessary have to come by way of co-signing a loan.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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PHARAOH continues to be a fool...

I also thought it was intriguing how he picks "tomorrow," to get rid of the frogs. He is steeped in the consequences of his hard heart - yet chooses to wait till tomorrow to get rid of the frogs. And the plagues not only affected Pharaoh personally, but the entire area - all the people he was ruler over. Perhaps a reminder of why we should pray for our leaders (I know the Bible says this somewhere.)

After the Nile turned to blood which had to be disgusting, and then the frogs, maybe at this point Pharaoh is almost COMFORTABLE living with "sin." I agree with Ramona...I think its just like we are used to living with certain sins and think- whatever, we'll deal with that later. Well, you can see that the plagues continued, and Pharaoh continued to reap the consequences of his sin.

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