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Living on a Cliff

Kingdom of God Priorities Stewardship

Source: "Young adults are getting used to living on a financial cliff" by By J.J. McCorvey and Brian Cheung, published NBC News, 2/18/24

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Contributed By: Kikeh Anthony | Date Posted: 2024-02-29

Scripture: Matthew 6:33 ; Matthew 17:24

Author: Kikeh Anthony
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Young adults are getting used to living on a financial cliff. As of February 2024, NBC News reports:

The net worth of Americans ages 18-39 surged by 80% from the start of 2019 to the third quarter of last year, Federal Reserve Bank of New York research shows, blowing past the rates for older generations.

But much of the gains are from investments that climbed alongside stock markets and largely don’t translate into disposable income. And while many millennials (ages 28-43, according to Pew Research) — and plenty of their Gen Z near-peers (12-27) — are pulling in bigger paychecks, they’re still pumping that cash into pricier everyday expenses, from essentials like rent to luxuries like leisure travel. …

That mentality isn’t exclusive to young people. A “revenge spending” bonanza driven by FOMO, stimulus checks and built-up savings helped power the post-pandemic recovery, and consumer spending has kept chugging above expectations despite higher prices.

The financial peril this FOMO ("fear of missing out) mentality is akin to building your house on the edge of a cliff. It might have be a beautiful view of the ocean, but, in time, wind, rain, and erosion will see that big, beautiful home sliding down into the crashing waves below.

APPLICATION

Life on the edge — each day full of dazzling views, deeply inspiring, exciting, without regard for the potential failure. Each day, the cliff's edge creeps ever closer, until your house — your life — lays a pile of rubble on the ocean floor.

They had their "best life" for a moment, but the edge’s nearness drew upon them faster than they ever expected.

We are not to use this life to craft and spend our time, money and resources on earthly experiences that bring joy and pleasure in the here and now — big houses, trendy travel, lavish lifestyles. We don’t have to live our best life now. We have eternity! 

Let's not invest in and spend on the things that will all too soon drop off the edge of a cliff. Our calling is to invest in the kingdom to come! 

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33, NIV).

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17, NIV).

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock" (Matthew 17:24-25, NIV).

 

The Coming Coronation

Kingdom of God Jesus' Authority Jesus' Preeminence

Source: Facebook

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-05-11

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:15 ; Hebrews 1:8

Author: Amir Tsarfati
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"Coronation fever is beginning to die down here in London. I must admit, it was quite a spectacular event. So much history. So much tradition. So much pomp. The world was drawn into this ceremony that placed a crown on the head of King Charles III. But as I watched, I couldn’t help but think of the future ..."


[Amir Tsarfati is an Israeli public figure, author, Bible teacher, and Middle East news correspondent/commentator. He is known for his Bible prophecy teachings, his insight into world events, and his fiction and non-fiction books. He is founder and president of Behold Israel.]

APPLICATION

"A day is soon coming when there will be another coronation. When the crown is placed on the King’s head, it will not just be the symbol of His authority over one nation. Instead, this person will be crowned as King of all kings. Think of the pageantry of Charles’s coronation. Now picture in your mind what we will see as we watch our King, Jesus, take His rightful seat on His throne in Jerusalem! I can barely imagine it. And I know that whatever I see in my mind will pale against the actual event. What a day that will be!" - Amir Tsarfati

"For, At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords" (1 Timothy 6:15, NLT).

"But of the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom'" (1 Timothy 1:8, ESV).

The Japanese Adopt Adult Men

Adoption New Birth Kingdom of God

Source: “98% of all Japanese adoptions are employers adopting the adult men on their staff, not children,” by Lianna Brinded, Business Insider, Jan. 12, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:50 ; Ephesians 1:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lianna Brinded, with Business Insider, writes: 

In Japan, 98% of adoptions are actually adult men, aged between 20-30 years old — not children.

That is according to government data cited by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner in their book "Freakonomics," as well as a number of other reputable media outlets also citing government data.

... It all started hundreds of years ago when Japan’s civil code dictated how a family's wealth would be passed on after the death of the family elder.

... In households which only have daughters, a family would look to adopt a son, so they could fulfill the role of carrying on the family business as well as receiving and being custodian to the family's cash and assets. 

Nowadays, legal adoption of this kind is paired up with an arranged marriage — known as "omiai" — of a daughter, meaning the adopted son becomes son and son-in-law at the same time because he changes his name to the wife's family name ("mukoyoshi"). 

... In Japan, there are even matchmaking companies that recruit voluntary adoptees for Japanese corporates.

Some of Japan's most famous companies have remained a "family-run" businesses because of "mukoyoshi," such as carmaker Toyota, which was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937.

Suzuki is also famously run by adopted sons — in fact, the current chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki is the fourth consecutively adopted son to run the group.

APPLICATION

In Japanese culture, adoption is a practical solution to perpetuate the bloodline in the absence of an heir.  God has a similar dilemma.  Since “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,” God has also turned to adoption! No one is born a citizen of Heaven. Every son and daughter of God is so by adoption.  

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (1 Corinthians 15:50).

“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Ephesians 1:5). 

A Kingdom of Robots

Servanthood Kingdom of God Free Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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In Search of Cracker Barrel

Kingdom of God Seeker Perseverance

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-06-12

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:13 ; Matthew 7:7

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Tiny (Fake) Nations Convene At Microcon 2015

Kingdom of God Witness Influence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-13

Scripture: Revelation 5:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Wealth Kingdom of God Seeker

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-01-06

Scripture: Matthew 7:7 ; Jeremiah 29:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Buried Treasure

Kingdom of God Reward Seeker

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2014-10-04

Scripture: Matthew 13:44

Author: Neal Pollard
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The End Is Just The Beginning

Kingdom of God Eternal Life Afterlife

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-30

Author: C.S. Lewis / Illustration Exchange
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Preparing for Our Spiritual D-Day

Spiritual Warfare Kingdom of God Witness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 6:12 ; Matthew 10:

Author: James C. Denison, Ph.D.
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