This is the Face

This is the Face

Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.

~Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

This is the face that launched a thousand ships,
This face with tear-soaked cheeks and swollen lips,
Half-mad eyes, a tongue that rips,
Slanted teeth, cracked and chipped,
That chew but cannot grip,
Gray hair with white at the tips,
This, the face that launched a thousand ships.

~Day Williams

Bible verses about greed

by Fritz Chery

What does the Bible say?

1. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 But people who want to get rich keep toppling into temptation and are trapped by many stupid and harmful desires that plunge them into destruction and ruin.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

2. Hebrews 13:5 Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

3. Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money will never have enough money.Whoever loves luxury will not be content with abundance. This also is pointless.

4. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, because either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!”

5. Luke 12:15 He told the people, “Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions.”

6. Proverbs 28:25 A greedy person stirs up a fight, but whoever trusts the LORD prospers.

7. 1 John 2:16 For everything that is in the world—the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions, and worldly arrogance—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Having a greedy heart.

8. Mark 7:21-22 For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly.

9. James 4:3 you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.

10. Psalm 10:3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

Jesus had everything, but He became poor for us. 

11. 2 Corinthians 8:7-9 Since you excel in so many ways–in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us–I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

12. Luke 9:58  But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

Better to give than receive.

13. Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

14. Proverbs 11:24-15 Those who give freely gain even more; others hold back what they owe, becoming even poorer. A generous person will prosper, and anyone who gives water will receive a flood in return.

Dishonest gain.

15. Proverbs 21:6 Those who gather wealth by lying are wasting time. They are looking for death.

16. Proverbs 28:20 The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.

17. Proverbs 15:27 Those who are greedy for unjust gain bring trouble into their homes, but the person who hates bribes will live.

Greed will keep many people out of Heaven.

18. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Don’t you know that wicked people won’t inherit God’s kingdom? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit God’s kingdom.

19. Matthew 19:24 I can guarantee again that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

20. Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Reminder

21. Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

False teachers are filled with greed such as Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, and Joel Osteen. 

22. 2 Peter 2:3 They will exploit you in their greed with deceptive words.Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.

23. Jeremiah 6:13 “From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds.

Judas was very greedy. In fact, greed caused Judas to betray Christ.

24. John 12:4-6 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, who was going to betray him, asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for 300 denarii and the money given to the destitute?” He said this, not because he cared about the destitute, but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the moneybag and would steal what was put into it.

25. Matthew 26:15-16 and inquired, “What are you willing to give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They offered him 30 pieces of silver, and from then on he began to look for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

Bonus: We must pray that we don’t become greedy. 

Psalm 119:35-37 Help me live my life by your commands, because my joy is in them. Turn my heart to your decrees and away from unjust gain. Turn my eyes away from gazing at worthless things, and revive me by your ways.

The Temple Cleansed

The Temple Cleansed

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Beware that ox, or else your side will sport
A gash in it that you could drive a cart
Through, sir. This is unusual: For sheep,
Oxen, bird cages, tables, to be strewn
Outside the temple when they all belong
Inside so that we merchants can conduct
Our business, as we do at Passover
And other feasts, the prosperous times for us.

What am I doing out here with my sheep
And doves? I’ll tell you if you’ll help me keep
These brutes together while I feed the birds.

We merchants minded our own business while
The money-changers sat at tables where
They changed the coins from foreigners, who had
To pay for sacrificial animals
With shekels–they’re the only coins we take.
My lambs and doves are highest quality,
The perfect specimens for sacrifice
According to the Law, and I will charge
No more than what the market will accept.

A man needs to make a living, sir, to feed
His family, the worker deserves a wage,
Don’t muzzle the oxen while they thresh the corn.
I give my tithes and offerings, take care
Of neighbors when they need some help, my wife—
I’m true to her, I’ve made a covenant
With my own eyes not to cast them upon
A maiden, or to covet animals
My neighbors owns, his wife, his servants, or
Anything else, and for my righteous acts
Jehovah has expanded my domain:
A bigger house, more pastureland, more sheep,
Though I am not as important as you are
As caretaker of God’s Word and a guide
To men like me who need the Lord to steer
Them through the traps and thorns that block the path
To One who made the heavens and the earth,
To One who sent the rain to flood the earth,
To One who with his brilliance made the face
Of Moses shine so brightly that he had
To wear a veil, the people were so scared.

This interloper comes from nowhere, town
Up north with ten or twelve inhabitants,
And he presumes to tell you Pharisees
And Sadducees that you don’t follow God.

We Jews, entrusted with God’s law, we know
The way to God and we don’t block a soul
From knowing him. Today that man took cords
And bound them like a whip, a whip that stung
And took its share of blood, look at my back,
If you will, see the wound and the dried blood,
Is there no balm in Gilead? That man
Should cleanse himself before he seeks to cleanse
The temple, which is what he claimed that he
Was doing, the pretentious Nazarene
Born outside marriage to a peasant girl.

He should be whipped himself; I’ll count on you
And other leaders of our faith to charge
Him with a crime, give him the lashes, teach
Him justice from the temple he’s so fond
Of, and he’ll crawl back to his tiny town,
His tail between his legs, and let us be.
This was to be my biggest day all year,
With shekels that would buy my wife and son
As many gifts and treats as they desire:
I’ll take my sheep and doves, and scrounge for coins
From foreigners devoted to the Lord.

You say that you’ll do even more than whip
The Great Pretender? He will take the curse,
Crucified like the criminal he is.
A satisfactory result, if you
Persuade the Romans to pound him with nails
And lift him up, as Moses raised the snake
So that our ancestors in wilderness
Would look at it and God would heal them. Mend

This business rift: I’ll back you ‘til the end.

~Day Williams

Top 4 Dems’ net worth: $25M

Topic: Income Inequality


Charlie Kirk@charliekirk11
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10 Democrats will debate tomorrow in Houston The top four candidates will take center stage: Joe Biden Elizabeth Warren Bernie Sanders Kamala Harris Their combined net worth? Over $25 million How did they get that rich? By lecturing us all on income inequality

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“Perps in Pink”

Perps in Pink

Across the street young men compete
To make their muscles grow
While on the lawn the women yawn,
Prepare themselves to go,
When up comes Cliff, whose walk is stiff,
To greet the pretty ones
And show his stash of petty cash,
Enough to buy a gun.

“This is no place to show your face,”
Said Darlene from the west.
“A bird like you should get a clue
And fly back to his nest;
Nobody here wants gang careers,
You loser on the run.”
“I don’t need you to tell me boo–
Find me a working gun,”

Cliff said, his eyes as sharp as knives,
“Or else you’ll wish you’d stayed
In bed and slept while morning crept
And breakfast was delayed.”
“Don’t threaten me! Your outlaw spree
Will lead you to your grave;
Dan’s men have sworn you’ve killed four more–
No way you can be saved.”

“I never killed men on a hill,
In streets or offices,
It might’ve been my rival Gwen
Committing those offenses.
It wasn’t me, I’ll tell you free,
I have committed crimes
But never killed for thrills or bills–
That’s wet work for the slime.”

“Then where is Gwen? And tell me when
You plan to shut her down.
She set you up, a bitter cup,
You’d best remove all doubt.”
“She dressed like me and framed me, see,
And shot those dirty men.
I’ll be less stressed when she’s confessed,
Dressed pink in jail again.”

Detective Dan had parked his van
And spoke in whispered tones,
“We checked the clip from Jeffrey’s ship.
The killer had a phone
Which wasn’t yours; we learned on shore
The killer was Miss Gwen.
Our snitches are in Molly’s Bar.
We’ll take our spots at ten.”

Detective Dan laid out his plan
To catch her when she came:
“She’ll come to drink, we’ll snap the links
Inside the bar,” he claimed.
Darlene and Cliff asked, “Dan, what if
She shoots or tries to run?”
To which he told the pair, “No sweat,
She’ll have to pay her debt.”

The barmaid brewed the coffee hot,
They lingered by the sink.
“When Gwen comes through, take her to two,”
The copper said and winked.
“One second, Dan, a small demand:
I want to see that clip.”
“No worries, Cliff, it makes no diff–
But let me share a tip:

Watch once or twice, or even thrice,
And you’ll see nothing new
Your rival Gwen has shot the men–
She’s going down, she’s through.”
“I’ll watch for me and I may see
Another side of this.”
“You be my guest, but I’ll arrest
The woman–I insist.”

Five minutes passed, then like a blast
Gwen hurried in the room.
With “How are you?” from Table Two
Cliff brought her close to doom.
“What brings you here?” Gwen asked with cheer
As she pulled up a chair.
“Darlene suggested this is best,”
He told her as she stared

Around the room and darkness loomed,
A sense like clocks were wrong,
When Dan burst out and gave a shout,
“Restrain her! She is strong!”
Out came the cuffs but she was tough
And cracked his skull with skill.
“Give me a hand,” moaned Lawman Dan,
“So she will never kill

Again, my friend–her crimes will end . . ..”
But Cliff snapped cuffs on him
And made him sit to hear a bit:
“I don’t do this on whim,
Detective Dan, please understand
Your wink gave you away.
The killer’s eyes I recognized,
You killed the men that day.

Your bright green eyes can’t be disguised
(I checked that clip up close)
Unknown to you, Gwen’s eyes are blue
As sea waves by the coast.
Your Captain Clint checked fingerprints
And yours are on the gun.
While in your prime you turned to crime
To pay for drugs and fun.”

“I’ve framed a few, like her and you,
He said, dressed pink in jail,
And I was sure your hate for her
Meant that I could not fail.”
“It was an act and that’s a fact,”
Cliff told him with a wink,
“We’re undercover married lovers
Who put the perps in pink.”
~Day Williams 11/16

Dominion, poem by Day Williams

God said to fill the earth and take dominion
Over it, so men harnessed nature’s laws
With floating farms and coffee-powered cars,
The hoverboards and mines on asteroids,

Easy tattoo removal from the skin,
Transhuman tech, space kites, robots that draw,
Weather control and terraforming Mars,
Dyson spheres, penicillin, cyborgs, androids:

Man takes dominion over every breath,
Advances medicine to fight death’s grin,
Strengthens the people, healthier each day;
But no device can soften man’s hard heart.

Man can extend a life but can’t crush death
To bits, because no tool can wipe out sin,
As only Jesus’ blood takes sin away:
Man’s saved when he submits to God’s great art.

~Day Williams