Posts Tagged ‘greed’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Competition in the economy drives costs down, right? It sure works in the restaurant and motel businesses. If costs are out of line, people just take their business to the other guy. But, what if like businesses worked together to increase costs across the board. Then the whole principle falls apart.

I visited a patient in the new Parkview North hospital today for the first time since its completion. That’s quite a facility. Everything from the MRI to the urinals is state-of-the-art. And when we get sick, we want the best treatment for our loved ones, right?

But has competition in the health care field driven prices down, or is there an agreed upon strategy among health care providers and insurance companies and government watchdogs to run those prices up so we have to pay far more than other countries for the same care? Who pockets the excess?

I’m all for the best health care treatment, but I smell a rat! What do you think?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Everybody’s going Green these days. What is Green, anyway? Green is the color of nature. We want to preserve nature. Its even become a political issue. Big business has for two centuries destroyed the Green in this country to provide Green in their wallets. Now that third world countries are getting into the industrial revolution, we cry ‘foul’ and try to stop them from the same wasteful practices that America has used to build our financial empire.

Saint Patrick had little to do with American Green, but we seem to celebrate this day as the wearing of the green. There will be parades and celebrations including everything from green tea to green gravy. Yet few have any idea of who Saint Patrick really was or what he accomplished.

Living in a day when the Catholic Church was the only church, St. Patrick worked within the established system and converted an entire lost culture to Christianity. He did this to fulfill a vow he had taken to honor God with his life in repayment for the deliverance he received from the very people he was determined to reach.

Saint Patrick is one of my favorite heroes of the faith. When I wear green today, I will be remembering this great saint and attempt to walk in his footsteps.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A man of substance was approached to contribute to a major financial campaign. The urgent need and compelling case were stated, and the call was made for his support. The man responded: “I understand why you think I can give $50,000. I am a man with my own business and, it is true, I have all the signs of affluence”

“But there are some things you don’t know about me. Did you know that my mother is in an expensive nursing home?”

“Well, no, we didn’t know.”

“Did you know also that my brother died, and left a family of five and had almost no insurance?”

“No, we didn’t.”

“Did you know my son is deeply religious, has gone into social work, and makes less than the national poverty level to meet the needs of his family?”

“No, we hadn’t realized.”

“Well, then, if I don’t give any of them a penny, why do you think I’ll give it to you?”

Some people think their harvest comes only with dollar signs.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

When I was about Tom Sawyer’s age there was genius advertising campaign someone came up with. They designed an advertising flyer for some event and arranged to have it dropped all over the town of Butler from a small airplane. I was out riding my bicycle with some friends when the drop happened. It was absolutely beautiful to see all those 8½ x 11 papers floating down from the sky. Absolutely brilliant advertising idea!

But the pilot was a little less than genius. When he dropped those hundreds of beautiful pieces of paper, the wind carried them blocks to the northeast where they dropped over open fields in what is now the Eastside High School and Maxton’s Park area.

My bicycle buddies and I ran into the fields to retrieve our booty. Hours later we had gathered stacks and stacks of advertisements. It was so cool! Then someone asked the obvious question, “What are we going to do with all these?” We were so excited about harvesting what seemed so valuable that we never asked the question, “Why?”

I think life can be like that. We can manically race around trying to get all we can get. Then, when we have to give account for our lives on judgment day, we will look back over what we have and ask the obvious question, “Why?” Did all that stuff really matter when we could have much more wisely invested our time and talent.

Ask yourself the question, “What are we going to do with all these?”

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I heard the story of a successful young businessman who was out for a Sunday drive in the mountains near his spacious house.

He hit the accelerator on his BMW convertible and let the breeze blow his hair backwards. Suddenly, he lost control of the car and rolled down a mountain throwing himself from the car. Onlookers quickly called the police who rushed to the scene, finding the fellow stumbling around and looking below at his wrecked car.

The police reported that the man was bleeding profusely and muttering, “Oh, my car. It’s ruined, it’s ruined.” A policeman chastised the man and said, “You idiot yuppie! All you really care about is your car and you don’t even notice that your left arm has been severed and is missing!”

The yuppie looked down and moaned, “Oh, no, not my Rolex, too!”

God’s blessing may include some really nice things in this world. But, we need to be sure our things are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as well as our souls. When Job lost his possessions, he responded by saying, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21).

How have you reacted when the Lord allowed something to be taken from you?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Headed for Heaven

The old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his doctor and his lawyer, both church members, to come to his home. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit, one on each side of his bed.

The preacher grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything. Both the doctor and lawyer were touched and flattered that the preacher would ask them to be with him during his final moments. They were also puzzled; the preacher had never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them. They both remembered his many long, uncomfortable sermons about greed, covetousness and sinful behavior that made them squirm in their seats.

Finally, the doctor said, “Preacher, why did you ask us to come?” The old preacher mustered up his strength, then said weakly, “Jesus died between two thieves…and that’s how I want to go.”

We’re all going somewhere. Do you know where?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Christmas

It was the first day back to school after Christmas vacation and the teacher was not ready for school and was not overly prepared. She used a good bit of the morning by going around the room and asking each child to tell how he or she spent Christmas.

The first boy said, “Well, we are Catholics and we went to midnight Mass and came home and went right to bed. The next morning we had a big breakfast and sat around the Christmas tree and opened all our presents.”

The second child then told her experience. “We are United Methodists but we did about the same thing. We went to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and came home and went to bed We had a big Christmas breakfast and then opened all our presents.”

The third child then said, “Well, we aren’t Christians. But we did have a big breakfast and opened presents around the tree. Then we all got into the car and went downtown to my dad’s department store. He showed us all the empty shelves. He showed us all the money. Then we made a circle around the cash register, joined hands, and sang, ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’.”

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