Sunday 29th Sept 19

I have shortened the second reading. What matters is that we seek the kingdom of God.

Not our current comfort, or artistic endeavours, or our wine and furniture.

I do note that there are plenty of magazines and blogs about gaining riches, creative hobbies, looking beautiful (anointing themselves with the finest oils), wine and interior decorating.

And noting much on godliness unless bowdlerised as mindfulness.

Amos 6:4-7
4 “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory
and stretch themselves out on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock
and calves from the midst of the stall,
5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp
and like David invent for themselves instruments of music,
6 who drink wine in bowls
and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
7 Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile,
and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”

1 Timothy 6:6-10

6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and[a] we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

ESV