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The Ogre by the Manger
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SpeakerDwight K. Nelson
Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.
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- Eastern Tennessee State University research published in the American Journal of Public Health (reported in Los Angeles Times 11-18-16)
- American Journal of Public Health (reported in Los Angeles Times 11-18-16)
- The median household income in the poorest “state” was $ —while in the richest “state” it was $ .
- The average number of people per county in the poorest “state” was about —compared with about in the richest “state.”
- Although the poorest “state” had a much smaller population, the ratio of people to primary care doctors was that of the richest “state.”
- Smoking prevalence was as high in the poorest “state,” and the prevalence of obesity was % higher.
- Life expectancy for women in the poorest “state” was years, compared to years in the richest “state.” For men, life expectancy in the poorest “state” was years and in the richest “state.”
- The proportion of the population that was African American was times higher in the poorest “state” than in the richest one.
- In the richest “state” % of residents lived in rural areas—whereas in the poorest “state” % of people did.
- People in the poorest “state” were living under conditions seen in the real United States around 1975 or 1980—whereas people in the richest “state” were already living under conditions that won’t apply to the real United States until 2020 and beyond—i.e., “the poorest “state” is between years behind the living conditions achieved by the wealthiest “state.”
- Comparing these poorest and richest “states” with 222 actual countries of the world—if the richest “state” were an independent country it would rank 8th in the world for life expectancy for men, 25th for women—but the poorest “state” would rank 123rd for men and 116th for women—meaning more than the countries in the world have longer life expectancy than the poorest counties in the United States.
- Mark 10:17-22
- The Greek for “great wealth” (NIV) literally reads: “. . . because he had .”
- The average American home today contains items—which would certainly qualify for “many possessions”!
- According to Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, we see about ads every day telling us to buy more.
- As the Huffington Post suggested, the mantra to hook us third millennials seems to be: “Buy like you , only more frequently.”
- “Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as ‘The Minimalists’ to their 4 million readers, help people live more meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary.” (www.theminimalists.com)
- Millburn: “How might your life be better with ?”
- Millburn: “Consumption is not the problem. consumption is the problem.”
- Proverbs 30:15—“The leech has two daughters. ‘’ they cry.”
- Julie Schor: “There is a widespread sense among the population that people have gotten too materialistic, and that's been around for a while. It’s also the case that materialism is the other person’s disease, so percent of people think that Americans are too materialistic.”(http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/juliet-schor-american-dream/409321/)
- Schor: “Economically privileged people can be very critical of the materialism of very poor people, because they have a large television or a pair of sneakers.”
- Desire of Ages: “The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden ‘the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.’ Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour’s sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and stand rebuked in His presence.” (49)
- The Ogre? There beside the manger human stands rebuked.
- Desire of Ages: “Selfishness is . . . . and the soul that refuses to impart will perish.” (417)
- Self-surrender is most convincingly demonstrated by “ surrender.”
- Jerry Bridges: “Contentment with what we have—whether it is possessions, or station in life, or mental and physical activities—is worth far, far more than all the things we don’t have. A multimillionaire reportedly was once asked how much money was enough, to which he replied, ‘One dollar more.’” (Transforming Grace 78)
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