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“Coram Deo”

Literally, according to Reformed theologian R.C. Sproul, this Latin phrase“refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.” (Source: Ligonier Ministries) That’s why, as far as the Bible is concerned, our work is our worship to God. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23, ESV). 

Actually, “full-time ministry” does not only refer to pastors but also to all believers. All of us are full-time in serving God. Whether we manage a business or lead a church, we are working for Him. According to Sproul, “This means that if a person fulfills his or her vocation as a steelmaker, attorney, or homemaker coram Deo, then that person is acting every bit as religiously as a soul-winning evangelist who fulfills his vocation. It means that David was as religious when he obeyed God’s call to be a shepherd as…

“Just have faith.”

That’s the pat answer that a young man kept getting from his parents whenever he would ask questions concerning the Christian faith. But his parents, who were active leaders in their church, just kept on saying, “Just have faith.” Not satisfied with that answer, he turned to the Internet. Sadly, in his search for answers, he ended up with the wrong ones from the wrong sources. Now, he is an atheist. 

What went wrong? Evangelical author Nancy Pearcey lamented, “It’s a familiar but tragic story that devout young people, raised in Christian homes, head off to college and abandon their faith. Why is this pattern so common? Largely because young believers have not been taught how to develop a Biblical worldview.” (As quoted in Ravi Zacharias’ “Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend”) To say “Just believe!” to a person who’s struggling with doubt about why we believe what we believe is a cop-out. It’s a wrong view of faith. Faith is not belief without reason. It may go beyond reason but …

“Life Comes With A Mother.”

When it comes to learning wisdom, a model is better than a manual. Just like what someone wrote, “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” Thus it’s but fitting that when he compiled sayings for his book of Proverbs, King Solomon chose a virtuous woman to represent wisdom and an adulterous woman to represent foolishness. According to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, “The virtues of a noble wife [in 31:10-31] are those that are extolled throughout the Book of Proverbs: hard work, wise investments, good use of time, planning ahead, care for others, respect for one’s spouse, ability to share godly values with others, wise counsel, and godly fear (worship, trust, service, obedience). …these are qualities that lead to honor, praise, success, personal dignity and worth, and enjoyment of life. In the face of the adulteress’ temptations mentioned often in Proverbs, it is fitting that the book concludes by extolling a virtuous wife.”

If we find such a woman, we should value her …

Wise Words on Wealth (Part 4)

Simply put, cash flow is money going in and out. Though it sounds easier said than done, the key to have a stable cash flow is to increase the money going in and, at the same time, to decrease the money going out. How do we do it? The last two points in our “Wise Words on Wealth” series explain how.
[Today, we will finish our F-I-N-A-N-C-E-S acronym. We already saw that “F” stands for ‘First Give To God,” “I” “Invest In Yourself,” “N” “Never Live A Life Of Debt,” “A” “Avoid get Rich Quick Schemes,” “N” “Needs, Not Wants,” and “C” “Control Your Spending.”]

“E” stands for “Exert Effort To Earn More.”
Proverbs 10:4 tells us, “Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.” [1] Laziness like crime does not pay. It can make people poor. But hard work pays. It can make people rich. According to The Voice version, “A slack hand produces nothing but poverty, but an industrious hand soon takes hold of riches.” 

Laziness is sin. “Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? ‘If you…