New Video: “Money: the False Idol”

Check out our latest YouTube video in which we discuss the most powerful religion on Earth: the religion of materialism. Is your faith in God (Love) or in money? Jesus makes it very clear in his Sermon on the Mount that you can only have one master: God OR money (Matthew 6:24). In this video, we show you our faith in God by contrasting it to faith in money, and we encourage you to free yourselves as well from enslavement to the god of greed.

Here’s the full script to our video, “Money: the False Idol”:

What do you think and feel as you watch this dollar burn? Do you have faith that the infinite God who is known as Love can provide for all of our needs, or is your faith misplaced in a worthless piece of paper that is turning to ash before your eyes? If you believe that you cannot live without money, then you are likely trapped in the bonds of materialism. But isn’t life greater than what we can and cannot buy? When we were small children, many of us had absolute faith in the love of our parents to provide everything we needed, but as we grow older, we are taught that our entire existence is dependent on a piece of paper that only has value in our imaginations. Surely, our Holy Father, the loving Creator of the universe, could do even better than our earthly parents to provide for us, especially if we devote our daily lives to serving and honoring God practically by following Christ’s example rather than working for money.

If you think you cannot live without a paycheck, then you have more faith in money than in God’s ability to provide, and you fall victim to the most powerful religion on Earth, the religion of materialism, and are forced into servitude of the god of greed. What if there was another way? Could you live one day without using money? Two days? What about a whole week? Of course you could, because what we need is food, shelter, air, and water, not money which is only a means to an end, and that’s only because we have been conditioned to use it as a means to an end. Would you ever be brave enough to forsake all your money, all your personal possessions to be free from the bonds of your enslavement and step out into the freedom of God’s loving providence?

Apples do not fall off the tree with a price tag attached. Streams don’t charge for water by the gallon. If God has given us the entire world free of charge, why do we ever think we need money to survive? When you work for money instead of Love which is God, your misplaced faith ensalves you in the corrupt and greedy religion of materialism.

If anything in this video shocks or inspires you, please reach out to us. We believe in something greater than a paycheck and we want to help you free yourself from this filthy, rotten system. We appreciate your time, so thanks for stopping by, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on this video. Make sure you check out our other videos and don’t forget to subscribe before you leave!

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NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Hello Everyone,

This is just a quick note to ask you to check out our new YouTube channel. Our channel is called Radically New Life

We will be doing a number of video interviews with people we meet while we are out sharing our message.

We will also keep posting a number of topic videos that relate to the teachings on this blog.

Here’s our first video:

Please keep checking our channel out, as we hope to be updating more very soon! And please do subscribe!

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Isn’t the Gospel Supposed To Be GOOD News?

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It seems that so often when we share the message of working for God/Love rather than working for Money, people inevitably regard it as some sort of bad news. “It won’t work”, they say, “and besides, even if it did, it could only be possible if everyone did it”.  Aside from the fact that they haven’t tried it themselves to determine whether their pessimistic dismissal is true or not, (which is referred to as contempt prior to investigation) they are also overlooking the simple fact that the person sharing the concepts with them is actually living it!

In their defense, however, Jesus’ vision is deeply liberating yet admittedly challenging, but maybe we could do a better job of presenting these teachings to the public, as well as to our closer friends and family. We’re definitely in favor of trying harder to share the love of Christ (as recorded in the gospels) in as positive a light as possible.

Gospel actually means “good news, and when he first shared it, Christ was positively (and seditiously!) subverting the decrees and terminology of the Roman empire favorably for the “meek” and oppressed of his world (as well as ours now), showing them that an entirely different social order was possible, built only on love and self-sacrificing service without any need for money, rather what we still see all around us—greed and status-seeking & all the destruction that ensues from that worldview.

Not only was he doing a masterful job of taking the actual bad news of the empire(s) and turning into something hopeful for the poor masses of all times and places, Christ invited people to start living this new way of life right now, rather than some future utopia: “Thy  (God’s) will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

But what if it is actually a response of fear or something else which makes people think it is some sort of denial of “living life to the fullest” when we teach that there is absolute freedom in living and working for God instead of a paycheck?

I was sharing this particular teaching of Jesus (Matthew 6:24-33) with a professed christian yesterday, and while she seemed somewhat open to seeing the benefit of choosing to work for God instead of money, it became clear that fear was the number one factor she kept returning to in our conversation. She admitted that she had never heard this teaching in all her years in the church (most haven’t), but that she could obviously see how clear Jesus was on this matter.

The number one fear that tends to accompany people’s initial reaction to this subject is typically summed up as this: without a job that pays, how can we live in this world?

I can understand this fear, although I believe it absolutely unfounded. I asked her to think of people she has known who had suddenly lost their job due to a variety of reasons. She was able to think of a few people in her life who this had happened to. I then asked her if she believed there was some kind of “faith” that people have in their jobs that they will be provided for, taken care of. She again admitted that people do commonly trust in their jobs to provide security for themselves and their families. I then asked if this could possibly be a misplaced “faith.” She wholeheartedly agreed.

Think about it: most people assume their job or career is going to be there for them, day after day and year after year, thereby taking care of their needs (and wants). Isn’t that assumption an aspect of faith? Have their companies and bosses guaranteed all of them that the bottom-line of profit would never cost them their job? The flip-side to this is that there are also a LOT of people who are in constant fear/anxiety that they could lose their jobs at any time. On top of all that, there are so many people in the world who are either unable to find work or are unable to work due to disability.

If in times of great economic uncertainty where there is a widespread belief that jobs are both scarce and easy to lose, wouldn’t it ultimately be better to have our faith placed in something that we can truly count on? Something that isn’t so easily shaken by such things as profit motives sending jobs elsewhere and downsizing so that the CEO’s can have an even bigger paycheck?

We have found that in all of our collective years of traveling the States or the globe, we have not had to worry about the state of the economy in whatever country we happened to find ourselves in. Because we are so content to live a very simple lifestyle, (wink-wink, nudge-nudge!) we have found freedom that others wish for, but are simply afraid to take that first step of faith in order to experience the same.

Our job of working for God/Love by sharing the teachings of Jesus with the world is never in danger of being “downsized” or “outsourced!” Jesus had the audacity to promise that if we work for God then God is responsible for taking care of us, and we can’t imagine a better Employer who has never let us down. Love ALWAYS wins!

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Fear Not—It’s GOOD News, Remember?!

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It seems that so often when we share the message of working for God/Love rather than working for Money, people inevitably regard it as some sort of bad news. “It won’t work”, they say, “and besides, even if it did, it could only be possible if everyone did it”.  Aside from the fact that they haven’t tried it themselves to determine whether their pessimistic dismissal is true or not, (which is referred to as contempt prior to investigation) they are also overlooking the simple fact that the person sharing the concepts with them is actually living it!

In their defense, however, Jesus’ vision is deeply liberating yet admittedly challenging, but maybe we could do a better job of presenting these teachings to the public, as well as to our closer friends and family. We’re definitely in favor of trying harder to share the love of Christ (as recorded in the gospels) in as positive a light as possible.

Gospel actually means “good news, and when he first shared it, Christ was positively (and seditiously!) subverting the decrees and terminology of the Roman empire favorably for the “meek” and oppressed of his world (as well as ours now), showing them that an entirely different social order was possible, built only on love and self-sacrificing service without any need for money, rather what we still see all around us—greed and status-seeking & all the destruction that ensues from that worldview.

Not only was he doing a masterful job of taking the actual bad news of the empire(s) and turning into something hopeful for the poor masses of all times and places, Christ invited people to start living this new way of life right now, rather than some future utopia: “Thy  (God’s) will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

But what if it is actually a response of fear or something else which makes people think it is some sort of denial of “living life to the fullest” when we teach that there is absolute freedom in living and working for God instead of a paycheck?

I was sharing this particular teaching of Jesus (Matthew 6:24-33) with a professed christian yesterday, and while she seemed somewhat open to seeing the benefit of choosing to work for God instead of money, it became clear that fear was the number one factor she kept returning to in our conversation. She admitted that she had never heard this teaching in all her years in the church (most haven’t), but that she could obviously see how clear Jesus was on this matter.

The number one fear that tends to accompany people’s initial reaction to this subject is typically summed up as this: without a job that pays, how can we live in this world?

I can understand this fear, although I believe it absolutely unfounded. I asked her to think of people she has known who had suddenly lost their job due to a variety of reasons. She was able to think of a few people in her life who this had happened to. I then asked her if she believed there was some kind of “faith” that people have in their jobs that they will be provided for, taken care of. She again admitted that people do commonly trust in their jobs to provide security for themselves and their families. I then asked if this could possibly be a misplaced “faith.” She wholeheartedly agreed.

Think about it: most people assume their job or career is going to be there for them, day after day and year after year, thereby taking care of their needs (and wants). Isn’t that assumption an aspect of faith? Have their companies and bosses guaranteed all of them that the bottom-line of profit would never cost them their job? The flip-side to this is that there are also a LOT of people who are in constant fear/anxiety that they could lose their jobs at any time. On top of all that, there are so many people in the world who are either unable to find work or are unable to work due to disability.

If in times of great economic uncertainty where there is a widespread belief that jobs are both scarce and easy to lose, wouldn’t it ultimately be better to have our faith placed in something that we can truly count on? Something that isn’t so easily shaken by such things as profit motives sending jobs elsewhere and downsizing so that the CEO’s can have an even bigger paycheck?

We have found that in all of our collective years of traveling the States or the globe, we have not had to worry about the state of the economy in whatever country we happened to find ourselves in. Because we are so content to live a very simple lifestyle, (wink-wink, nudge-nudge!) we have found freedom that others wish for, but are simply afraid to take that first step of faith in order to experience the same.

Our job of working for God/Love by sharing the teachings of Jesus with the world is never in danger of being “downsized” or “outsourced!” Jesus had the audacity to promise that if we work for God then God is responsible for taking care of us, and we can’t imagine a better Employer who has never let us down. Love ALWAYS wins!

 

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Mark Twain’s “War Prayer”

Was Mark Twain right when he said “none but the dead are permitted to tell the truth”? I guess that depends on the truth being spoken and to whom. We usually give a pass to new truths presented via mathematical and scientific findings. But with all the money, patriotic sentimentality, and “reasoning” invested in war, what happens when the uncomfortable aspects of truth reveal the deeper things that aren’t aligned with the image, aspirations, and good intentions we wish to project to the world? Twain’s “War Prayer” does a great job of getting us to look much more closely at such a significantly life and death issue as this.

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It Really is Good News

It seems that so often when we share the message of working for God rather than working for Money, people inevitably regard it as some sort of bad news. Maybe we could do a better job of presenting these teachings of Jesus to the public, as well as to our closer friends. We’re definitely in favor of trying harder to share the message of Christ (as recorded in the gospels) in as positive light as possible. Gospel actually means “good news”.

But what if it is actually a response of fear or something else which makes people think it is some sort of denial of “living life to the fullest” when we teach that there is absolute freedom in working for God instead of a paycheck?

I was sharing this particular teaching of Jesus (Matthew 6:24) with a professed christian yesterday, and while she seemed somewhat open to seeing the benefit of choosing to work for God instead of Money, it became clear that FEAR was the number one objection she kept returning to in our conversation. She admitted that she had never heard this teaching in all her years in the church, but that she could obviously see how clear Jesus was on this matter.

The number one fear that tends to accompany people’s initial reaction to this subject is typically summed up as this: without a job that pays, how can we live in this world?

I can understand this fear, although I believe it absolutely unfounded. I asked her to think of people she has known who had suddenly lost their job due to a variety of reasons. She was able to think of a few people in her life who this had happened to. I then asked her if she believed there was some kind of “faith” that people have in their jobs that they will be provided for; taken care of. She again admitted that people do commonly “trust” in their jobs to provide security for themselves and their families. I then asked if this could possibly be a misplaced “faith.” She wholeheartedly agreed.

Think about that: many people assume their job/career is going to be there for them, day after day, thereby taking care of their needs (and wants). But there are also a LOT of people who are in constant fear/anxiety that they could lose their jobs at any time. On top of all that, there are so many people in the world who are either unable to find work or are unable to work due to disability.

If in times of great economic uncertainty there is a widespread belief that jobs are both scarce and easy to lose, wouldn’t it ultimately be better to have our faith placed in something that we can truly count on? Something that isn’t so easily shaken by such things?

We have found that after all of our collective years of traveling the globe, we have not had to worry about the state of the economy in whatever country we happened to find ourselves in. Because we are so content to live a very simple lifestyle, we have found freedom that others wish for, but are simply afraid to take that first step of faith in order to experience the same.

Our job of working for God by sharing the teachings of Jesus with the world is never in danger of being “downsized” or “outsourced!” Jesus had the audacity to promise that if we work for God, God is responsible for taking care of us.

We can’t imagine a better Employer!

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Supply Side Jesus (Youtube)

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