Matthew 17:24-27;22:15, Mark 12; Luke 20, Jesus said, Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, to God what belongs to God. The Biblical accounts of Gospels in Capernaum said tax collectors of two drachma temple tax asked Peter if Jesus pays tax, he said He does. If Jesus paid taxes then what did Jesus teach His disciples? Matthew records two taxes Jesus paid in Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22 temple tax and tax to government in Rome. People asked Jesus: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” It was a ploy to set a trap for Jesus. But He saw through their attempt to manipulate Him and falsely accuse Him of asking people not to pay. So obliged to pay the tax, Jesus paid His taxes with the coin from the mouth of a fish Peter caught. Tax collector cornered Peter and asked if Jesus paid the temple tax. Later in Matthew 17:2427 Jesus said to Peter at home, “Simon, does the kings collect taxes from their own children or from other people? Peter answered the others. And Jesus replied we don’t want to cause trouble go cast a net in the lake and the first fish you catch open mouth, and you will find a coin. Use coin to pay your taxes and mine.” Take it and give them for my tax and yours.”Jesus told the Pharisees and Herodians to give to Caesar things belong to Caesar in Mark 12. The issue is controversial as people disagree on how the government spends money. Some people feel angry because their needs are not met though they pay tax. The Bible example of Jesus to pay taxes again in Gospel of Matthew Mark and Luke are other account of the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus to find the reason to accuse him. In Matthew 22:15-22 Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus to use His words against Him.Pharisees disciples with Herodians said “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are sincere so teach the way of God in truth. You are not influenced by men. Tell us, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus, knowing their evil intention said, “You hypocrites why are you trying to trap me? Show a coin for paying tax.” They brought him a denarius and He asked them, “Whose head inscription?” They said, “Caesar’s. Then He said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God belongs to God.” When they heard this, they were amazed so they left him and went away.If Jesus refused to pay or He condemned Caesar they will accuse Jesus of inciting rebellion. People had no choice but to pay as Jesus also did. And Zachaeus a tax collector climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by. Impressed Jesus dined in his home during meal he decided to restore money he extorted by collecting taxes in Mark 2:13-17. In Psalm 24:1, The earth is the LORD’S and everything in it but life requires money to function, pay staff, provide services, resources, processing, printing costs, transporting goods. And maintaining the structures and repairs restoration, regeneration, grounds and gardens etc. Too numerous to list costs of services provided by the nations. Amazon, Google, Wealthy Offshore accounts do not pay tax proportionately fairly like others.Jesus and His disciples voluntarily gave to the Temple tax and state to set a good example. Taxes paid directly to local tax collectors who decided what people pay. Tax collectors paid by charging people more to earn money. Levi, the apostle was the customs official in Capernaum taxed imports and exports as he liked. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Jericho district notorious for taxes changed meeting Jesus of Nazareth.People are saying the tax exemption for Churches are unfair making mega rich pastors super wealthy multimillionaires Church members struggle to pay bills, food, mortgage, health insurance, fees or basic necessities of life. Private jets, mansions get bigger, fleet of cars longer but members poor. Its a major source of tension rich multi billionaires are state sponsored in extravagant lifestyles. Schools reduce hours, hospitals cut staff budget reduced. The churches use tithe, offerings, donations, for salaries wages, cost of projects, feed orphans, help poor under the radar, homeless, HIV, disaster flood victims, TV ministry, preaching, teaching Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, Evangelism etc. among wonderful work of God. Admission fee puts people off so first time Benny Hinn was at NEC entry was free. Thousands turned up with no room for overflow solved crowd control next visit with ticket admission. Only a few people turned up venue was almost empty. God said nobody must enter HIS Presence empty handed so Jesus talked about the widow’s mite even poor give. In Exodus 23:15 God said, no one shall appear before ME empty-handed. Also in Exodus 34:20 God said no one must appear before ME empty-handed. Again in Deuteronomy 16:16 God said do not appear before the LORD empty-handed.Gap between the rich and poor widens causing hunger and the stress, pressure, unemployment, lack, in deprived areas. No resources for disadvantaged so most public servants cannot get on the home ownership ladder. Many depend on the food banks despite their hard work and education. Zero hour job wastes time of trained staff without job or income. And the popular highly influential Christian leaders spew wrong ideas as ‘Christian Ideas.’ Don’t be misled…Study the bible yourself to know the truth of the Word of Christ. Read Bible as JesusFollowers and Christian’s. Some think Churches must follow Jesus’ example to provide fairly for the least in society too. So gap between rich and poor widens as many continue to suffer daily, starve and die in the most advance developed wealthy countries. Unfortunately a Class divide disproportionately allocate lion share to themselves as the world watches them flaunt it in their faces daily. 1 Timothy 6:10 says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Craving more money is cause of all evil in doing so wander from true faith so pierce themselves with sorrow.A Christian family is fined taxes saying it is against God’s will to pay taxes. The Christian family refused to pay income tax because its “against God’s will” but are ordered to pay more than A$2m tax (£1.1m $1.4m) to Australia’s tax office. It is Christian debate Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida Beerepoot of Tasmania do not pay income tax since 2011 as their religious right. Their farm was seized and sold by a local council in 2017 for not paying seven years of tax rates. Ms Beerepoot told the court: “We don’t own anything because it is God’s.” The siblings represented themselves in Supreme Court of Tasmania Wednesday, after did not pay $930,000 in income tax or other charges in 2017 ABC News said.Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot (left) and Fanny Alida Beerepoot (far right) seen here outside the court in Tasmania. Mr Beerepoot argued the law of God is the “supreme law of this land” and making people pay tax weakens dependency on God, leading to “curses… in the form of droughts and infertility.” “Transferring allegiance from God to Commonwealth means rebelling against God breaking first commandment,” he said, according to the public broadcaster. In judgement, Associate Justice Stephen Holt said he believed Beerepoots’ beliefs is genuinely held but there is no specific reference in Bible to support their argument. “In my view, Bible effectively said civil matters and law of God operate in two different spheres.” So the siblings ordered to pay sums of – Ms Beerepoot A$1.17m and Mr Beereport A$1.16m to cover income tax, administrative penalties and all interest charges” and costs in court documents. What do you think about various views?
The research is published in the journal Infant Behaviour and Development. The conflict of interest of the toy companies advertising children playing with many latest toys makes parents feel obliged to buy them for the children not to feel left out. Children display their toys online on social media to compare with each other including the addictive games that stop children learning, doing homework assignments later in college, university or focus at work. Lack attention span or focus from childhood affects the adults today unable concentrate for few hours to complete tasks at hand. Christmas is around and parents must not let a child manipulate them emotionally to buy a toy without teaching them first value of essential basic reading at level. Children can get a few educational toy to reward them to do exceptionally well in a field of academic achievement at school. The development steared towards a specific direction of any future career requires relevant toys to influence natural gifts, talents and abilities. Otherwise parents unintentionally make children victim of success by their ability to buy too many toys they can afford. Just because it is possible to buy things seen on the TV in adverts does not mean it enhances their specific development. Parent knows the children best, whether they are trained experts or not must help child learn not to depend only on school to learn. Early learning through practical play is now rapidly eroded by virtual reality keep children cocooned online. So important to carefully reflect before Christmas on piling up toys to “prove” your “love” of your children to the world overloading them with too many toys. Experience shows most children are just so happy playing with the box, not expensive toys boosting their parents ego. Millennium children are suffering from the lack of a social understanding or interaction due to isolated attachment to toys valued as more precious than engaging with each other. Time consumed worrying about their toy possessions makes them miss out on appreciating fellow human being as adults due to learned behaviour. The competition among children, teenagers over toys leads further to threats of the perceived anger of friends loving them only for their material possessions. The toys must not take over to babysit their children without adult supervision and input. One of the best ways to bond with children is play with them sometimes to help them value the adults in their lives.
Lindsay, 36, a writer from Kent, and her Australian husband Glen, 38, first tried living without plastic in 2012. It started out as a month-long challenge so turned into a way of life for the pair who live in Perth, Western Australia. “I’m more the driver than him but we got involved at the same time,” she says. “I’m the one that puts in more work but he agrees with all the values.” So going plastic free for their wedding, in 2014, was a no-brainer.Plastic finds way into weddings in many forms of food storage, drink packaging, decorations, flower delivery – that’s just the start. For Lindsay, who blogs about living without waste, trying to make her special day plastic free came first ahead of any other wishes. “We said we want to be plastic free ‘how can we do that,’ rather than saying, ‘We want roses, we want to have canapes, can we do plastic free memorable but not break the bank. Simplicity was key. To me simple means no fuss and devoting whole weekends to projects was out, says Lindsay.Involving suppliers from outset was the most effective way of making a plastic-free event happen, she says. “It’s really about having conversations with people and explaining why you want to do it. People are willing.” But its about taking matters into you own hands. “If you get stuff delivered to you, that’s when it comes in packaging. It was making sure on the day we went to all the deli, the bakery et cetera so we could guarantee there was no packaging.” Eco Wedding Styles done includes recycled materials.
- Invitations: electronic, sent via email or Facebook
- Flowers: freshly picked by family and friends from their gardens, arranged in old jam-jars
- Decorations: borrowed lace bunting from old tablecloths and curtains • tins fished out of recycling bins and wrapped in twine and in hessian ribbon, which was also used for table runners • hired tablecloths and tea cups • bought beeswax candles in jars
- Food: local businesses focused on locally sourced produce • hired pizza oven • cakes from a bakery that didn’t use plastic packaging • Indian snacks donated by a friend as a wedding gift
- Drink: tap beer and cider • local wine • pre-made soft drinks served in jugs • loose tea and coffee • no straws
- Tableware: venue’s own crockery and cutlery (although having pizza minimised amount needed) • borrowed glasses
- Gifts: guests told not to buy presents – to avoid any waste and wrapping
- Dress: rather than spend hours trawling charity shops, the bride bought a High-Street dress she wore again and then sold on eBay
- Hair and make-up: used make-up bride had • washed hair with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar
- Favours/confetti: did without it
Lindsay and Glen married local bowling club in Perth Lindsay accepts achieving a 100% plastic-free wedding also meant relying on other people. For wedding, they hired a pizza oven and used a local deli to provide fresh ingredients without plastic packaging but did they know what went on behind the scenes? “It’s possible some plastic that I didn’t see… whether he got a packet of salad in a plastic bag, I don’t know were counterbalanced by air miles required to fly her family albeit just four people to Australia. “In hindsight, I should have fallen in love with the guy in the village – but I didn’t,” Lindsay jokes. “I fell in love with a guy in Australia, so it’s one of those things you have to compromise. My parents, my sister and brother flying out for a wedding – it’s a one-off.” They did decide to have the wedding as local as possible in the city of Perth, rather than the countryside, to reduce driving distances. How difficult for Eugenie to achieve? Wedding planner Katrina Otter says working with the right people is key, as some of the more “old-school suppliers” are less keen to adapt. “Make sure you have the right team on board, work with a team willing to do it or one where it’s already part of their ethos.” She adds: Bride and groom might not know plastic involved cutlery wrapped in cling film. No royal wedding is complete without a vibrant floral display.Flowers were a big part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day And, traditionally, a key part of those has been the floral foam – the bricks of green, spongy foam that provide a foundation for floral arrangements, as well as a water source. Katrina says finding an alternative to the non-biodegradable plastic material has become a big issue for the industry and many florists are looking to do it another way. The florist who created the displays for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, Philippa Craddock, says she didn’t use any floral foam for their big day. The number of couples requesting plastic-free weddings is on the rise, says Katrina, although it remains a small proportion. Another issue to consider for any bride having live TV coverage is the hair and make-up. Kate Arnell, who blogged about her zero-waste wedding, in 2014, says she found it tricky to find plastic-free make-up and hair products. There are a lot more available and since swapped to plastic-free alternatives she says. Whether Princess Eugenie opts for Lindsay’s bicarbonate of soda, vinegar concoction on hair yet to be confirmed. Eugenie wedding wants plastic free on big day. In addition to venue, food and drink, music, the dress, hair and make-up, a bride’s checklist goes on. And also Princess Eugenie added another factor into equation her wedding to be plastic free. The Queen’s granddaughter, who is marrying Jack Brooksbank on 12 October, told British Vogue the couple’s house was anti-plastic and want our wedding to be like that as well.” So how realistic is it? Lindsay Miles discovered, there are quite a few things to take into consideration. If it is just one day, why bother? “A wedding is such a significant day that it’s even more important to be true to your values than on any other day,” says Lindsay. “You can’t go back on your values just because you’re getting married.”
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Stop the vulnerable destructive patterns fuelling the cycle process taking unfair advantage of people worshiping God. In time of need authentic change does not happen unless the challenges faced are dealt with truly in the heart. Salvation and deliverance prayer sale is the root cause of emotional bankruptcy of life of followers of Christ tagged to the price of sacrifices like days of Jesus. God’s House demands pure heart worship not just an animal sacrifice to depend on. So Jesus’ BLOOD SACRIFICE atones for sin ONCE AND FOR ALL not by expensive animals sold in Temple or their money sacrifice. Guaranteed Christian salvation Focus is on Jesus explained by Martin Luther to churches. Licence of dependency on the purchase gains exploiting people does not point them directly to God. So they become richer in the name of God while the congregations lose out and leave as fresh members continue cycle. This is why judgement begins in House of God. Sadly creates false image of Christianity to onlookers, disappointed and put off by such actions depicting God in a bad light. It is essential to be honest not to gain the whole world to lose your soul. God prefers genuine worship not just a sacrifice so acknowledge the problem. Accept once and for all that Jesus saves lives PAID for by His LIFE and BLOOD. This issue is part of consequences of sin DNA imperfections but FIXED BY JESUS. God confidence is from direct impact of reaching God given potential in Christ. Trusting Jesus to help overcome doubts, anxieties, depression, fears, insecurities, stress, pressure or questioning without break or rest, health, problems left at Jesus’ Feet. Searching for the unrealistic gold at end of rainbow to resolve life’s problems causes exploitative patterns of behaviour as victim insists on getting a relief from such salesmen. God Honours all who honour parents, release the past to seek God’s method of help. God is not deaf or powerless to answer prayer but effects of such behaviour affect God’s HELP. Take total control responsibly in Christ to live and have being in Christ in God personally in prayer and in actions.
People find inner healing as the new creation in Christ. Relationship in Christ Jesus as His disciple is based on sound Biblical Wisdom gained from studying the word of God. Godly Counsel feeds and satisfies soul, spirit, mind and body to Trust God directly, boldly through the BLOOD OF JESUS with God Confidence. Leaders run race to win too and heal by seeking First God’s Face not blessings from God’s Hands. Those in Christ Look to God to keep on the right path in life. Seek God Face as SOURCE OF HELP and God despatches help through people. So gain God Truth searching Scriptures to KNOW GOD FOR YOURSELF. Believers grow from PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with God. The Bible says do not enter God’s PRESENCE without offering gift, sacrifice but do not depend on the gifts more than SOVEREIGN GOD ALMIGHTY GIVER AND SUSTAINER OF ALL LIFE. By overcoming in life gives God Strength to be stronger in the Lord’s Power to help and support each other in God’s House.
Regular focus of New life in Christ Jesus erases old influence so mind is renewed by future in Christ. Old ideas and habits are possible to control when new life in Christ is taken seriously, Godly Future is guaranteed in Christ. God must increase in your life in Christ and flesh decrease. Consider how God Cares and Provides beautifully for birds and flowers more than Solomon in all his glory. Challenges in life arena are conquered to overcome in Jesus by keeping life real. Unrealistic utopia expectations put pressure on the people fascinated by not thinking God’s Way. Through challenges faith grows so rely First on God. Accept plan of God to seek first His Kingdom and all things added to your life in Christ. The Key to good success in life in Christ Jesus on the whole is listen to God’s Words. Jesus Knows about you more than you think. Good success in life is in Christ in God. It does not mean spend all day and night 24/7 in prayer rather be mindful of the fact that Worship of Sovereign God with love and reverence. Jesus’ statement did not mean money must never exchange hands in church or not give in church.
Jesus is teaching accurate knowledge to seek God first and blessings are added. Short-changing others by the expensive sales of animals, relics, tokens, sales to gain profit rather than true worship of God is offence to God. Freewill giving and fair trade price is required more in God’s House when buying and selling takes place. In 1 John 4:9, the LOVE of God manifests among us for God sent HIS First Born Only Son into the world, so we might live through Jesus. God in past tolerated people to come to their senses to change to submit to God. After thousands of generations of freewill to do as pleased, God is bringing CHANGE to whole world to be under HIS OWN TOTAL CONTROL again as it was before sin in garden of Eden. And people must change to belong exclusively to God or people will sadly perish. The transitions taking place in the world is part of God’s wrath against rebellious who refuse to worship God. The House of Prayer for all nations means exactly all the nations belong to God. So Jerusalem Temple for all nations welcomes all to worship God forever in Jesus Name. So Jesus disrupts routine in Temple to show sinfulness prevents God Seekers from knowing Yahweh truly. Put confidence in God not animal sacrifice extortion to gain profit. Put CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST IN GOD for one of the endtime signs is rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem. After thousands of years this will happen and Jesus will RETURN TO JERUSALEM. Israel will accept and Welcome Hamashiah Yeshua Adonai in Jesus Name in the Temple for prayer for all nations in Jerusalem.