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Righteous Gain Vs. Unrighteous Gain March 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — charredsmore @ 6:05 am

After watching Slumdog Millionaire, I had some reflections on the lives of the two brothers.  One recieved from Righteous Gain, the other recieved from Unrighteous Gain.

Check it out.

Righteous Gain:

  • Running to the law (fence of protection)
  • Honesty
  • Patient in waiting for redemption
  • All restored for God’s glory and His victory in your life (okay, it didn’t focus on Christ, but I still can)
  • Lived in truth and the light
  • All he thought was lost – was now used for GOOD (Romans 8:28)
  • Sacrifical relationships
  • Selfless attitudes
  • Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Galatians 5:22)
  • Perserverance and Patience (Romans 5)
  • Righteousness that is godly is protected by the Lord
  • All given from the King, His goodness lavished, ABUNDANCE (John 10:10)
  • Leads to LIFE



Unrighteous Gain:

  • Running from the law – hiding in sin
  • Sinful gain is in vain
  • Wealth gained quickly
  • All judged
  • Lives lived in darkness
  • All that was good now lost
  • Broken relationships based on greed and self gain
  • Spirits of fear, guilt, condemnation, and violence
  • NOW attitude.  Plow others down to climb the “success” ladder
  • Self righteousness – protect self
  • All stripped away
  • Leads to DEATH

Antwone Fisher

Filed under: Cairo Kids — charredsmore @ 5:02 am

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This movie makes me cry…
For a lot of reasons.

It reminds me too much of the situation that my kids are in here in Cairo.
I call them my kids because I feel like a mom and for some reason I think that’s okay. I’m not trying to replace their mother, but in a way we are all spiritual moms to these precious ones we love so much. We love them so much it hurts. It hurts to see them growing up in terrible situations. Terrible because their parents are broken and hurting, never healed, only to go on and continue the cycle of pain.

This movie represents the lives of so many…
Abandonded by family, abused by the ones who were entrusted to care for them, learning how to survive the war within themselves. The battle tears at their soul. They run in fear. They run from relationships, isolating themselves. Being a loner is better than being hurt. It doesn’t feel good but there doesn’t seem to be any other options. Running away from problems is no way to live. Running away from those who are trying to love you is no way to deal. Once they come to the realization that there is HOPE and that people do CARE they start opening up. It all takes time. Hearts don’t heal fast, but they do heal completely.

There is hope. There is redemption. There is forgiveness. There is newness. There is LIFE beyond the pain, abuse, neglect, and rejection, there is LIFE. His name is JESUS. He is our HOPE.

When I look into the eyes of a rebellious teen, I try not to see the hard exterior shell…I try to see what He sees. Let me take another look.

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“Give me your eyes just for one minute”
Brandon Heath song