Issues: Greedy

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"Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold"-Proverbs 8


1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. www.gospelspots.com"

"Love of Money
3If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
-1 Timothy 6

Gambling...

"Warning to Rich Oppressors 1Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a] 6You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you."-James 5:1-6

LOCAL

  • Morris man charged with armed robbery, assault in dispute over poker debt Tom Larson, Morris Sun Tribune Published Wednesday, September 12, 2007

  • " A Morris man has been charged with armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon following an altercation involving an alleged poker debt.
    However, the man charged told police he wasn’t carrying a knife at the time of the incident and that he said he would get a knife to protect himself only after the alleged victim threatened to beat him.
    Ronnie Leonard White Mountain, 39, was arraigned in Stevens County District Court on Tuesday.
    White Mountain is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
    The robbery charge carries a penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine. The assault charge carries a penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.
    According to the complaint against White Mountain, the Morris Police Department received a 911 call from the alleged victim, Victor Melnichuk, of Morris, at 3:56 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Melnichuk claimed that White Mountain had come to the apartment seeking payment of a $5 debt Melnichuk told police he owed White Mountain.
    Melnichuk told police he paid White Mountain with a $10 bill and asked for change. When White Mountain sat down, Melnichuk said he noticed a knife in White Mountain’s hand, and that he told Melnichuk “I think I am going to have to cut you,” according to the complaint.
    Melnichuk told police he stood and White Mountain took “an aggressive stance.” Melnichuk said he begged for his life and told White Mountain he could take the money and leave. White Mountain went through Melnichuk’ wallet, took money and left. Melnichuk stated that he had $13 or $14 in his wallet, and he identified the building and approximate location of White Mountain’s apartment, according to the complaint.
    When police arrived at White Mountain’s apartment, he agreed that officers could look around the apartment, and they found $14 in a kitchen drawer. White Mountain told officers he had been to Melnichuk’s apartment earlier to get some money owed him from a poker game. He denied he had a knife and stated that Melnichuk had threatened to beat White Mountain for requesting payment of the debt and that he was going to get a knife to protect himself, according to the complaint."

    Money Don't Grow On Trees

    "Comedic example of foolish money handeling."


  • Are Seniors Gambling to Retirement, from moneycentral

  • Stories of Greed

    GLOBAL Brazilian trio get 40 years for slayings
    By STAN LEHMAN, Associated Press Writer (yahoo news)
    Sat Jul 22, 8:05 AM ET

    "SAO PAULO, Brazil - A wealthy young woman, her lover and his brother were convicted Saturday in the deaths her parents, a crime that riveted Brazil with a tale of love across rigid class lines. Each was sentenced to about 40 years in prison.
    Manfred and Marisa von Richtofen were beaten to death at their home in a wealthy district of Sao Paulo on Oct. 30, 2002.
    Manfred von Richtofen, the great nephew of the World War I German ace known as the Red Baron, and his wife disapproved of their daughter's relationship with Daniel Cravinhos, who is from a lower-middle-class family.
    Prosecutors said Suzanne von Richtofen, Cravinhos, and his brother Christian plotted the murder because they wanted the couple's estate, valued at $920,000.
    "The three, acting in cold-blooded fashion, plotted and carried out the murder of the von Richtofen couple out of greed," Chief Prosecutor Roberto Tardelli told the jury on Friday.
    Prosecutors said Richtofen, 22, let the brothers into the house late at night and checked to make sure her parents were sleeping. Then the brothers sneaked into the bedroom and bludgeoned them to death with iron bars.
    The house's library was ransacked to make it look like a break-in and Daniel Cravinhos and Richtofen went to a motel to fabricate an alibi, police said.
    The brothers, who confessed to the crime, took some $7,000 from the house. Investigators were led to Christian Cravinhos when he purchased a motorcycle the day after the murder, paying for it with 36 $100 bills.
    Richtofen was driven by a desire to "get her hands on the money and assets her parents had worked so hard to obtain," Tardelli said. She "wanted her freedom and her independence without having to work for it."
    Defense attorneys were expected to appeal. Richtofen's lawyer, Mauro Octavio Nacif, tried to convince jurors that she did not orchestrate the killings.
    "If Suzanne had not met Daniel, would her parents still be alive today?" he asked. "Of course they would. This crime was committed only because Daniel wanted to. He was the only one with a motive — money."
    The lawyer for the Cravinhos brothers blamed Richtofen. "The only person responsible for all this is that young lady," Geraldo Jabur said, pointing to her.
    More than 200 people packed the courtroom for the final session, which ended early Saturday.
    During the five-day trial, Daniel Cravinhos, 25, and Christian, 30, claimed Richtofen persuaded them to kill the couple because she said her parents often mistreated her. Daniel Cravinhos said her father tried to sexually molest her, but Richtofen denied it.
    Richtofen accused her estranged boyfriend of threatening to leave her if she did not help kill the couple.
    "I couldn't resist his spell. He was like a God for me," said Richtofen, adding Daniel was her first lover.
    "He once told me to imagine how wonderful it would be to live with him without the presence of my parents," she said. "A few months later, he told me the time had come to get rid of my parents, and if I didn't follow him, he would abandon me."
    ___ Associated Press writer Tales Azzoni contributed to this report.

    -Biblical Story

    The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

    " 1Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'
    3"The manager said to himself, 'What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg— 4I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'
    5"So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
    6" 'Eight hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.'
    7"Then he asked the second, 'And how much do you owe?' " 'A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, 'Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'
    8"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
    10"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
    13"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
    14The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.

    "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."-Job 1:21

    Reccomended Resources

    LOCAL

  • Life: Financial Wisdom, from Goodnews UMM
  • Treatment Centers (e.g. Gambling)

  • Project Turnabout, in Granite Falls

  • NATION

    Business Oportunity

    Money

    "Quotes, facts, and Biblical passages on the topic of money. Produced by Revelation Video Productions. For high quality, low-cost video worship backgrounds, please visit us at http://www.1revelation.com"

    Movies

  • Gordon Gekko

  • Wall Street - Greed Is Good, from youtube.com
    " Michael Douglas at his electrifying best as the infamous 'Gordon Gekko' sums up his philosophy!!!"

    GLOBAL

    Movies

  • "Bloody Diamond"-Sierra Leone, a heart-aching true life story of what greed can do, but a heart-warming story that good can come out too!
  • " 25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. "-Proverbs 28:25

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