Distribution of adults by income tier in U.S. metropolitan areas, 2016

Distribution of adults by income tier in U.S. metropolitan areas, 2016
Note: Middle-income adults live in households with incomes two-thirds to double the national median size-adjusted household income, about $45,200 to $135,600 annually in 2016 for a three-person household. Lower-income households have incomes less than two-thirds of the median, and upper-income households have incomes that are more than double the median. Household incomes are adjusted for the cost of living in metropolitan areas. Estimates are presented for 260 of about 380 metropolitan areas in the U.S. as defined by the federal government in 2013. The national estimate encompasses the U.S. adult population, including people outside of the sample of 260 metropolitan areas.
Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2016 American Community Survey (IPUMS).
“The American middle class is stable in size, but losing ground financially to upper-income families”
PEW RESEARCH CENTER
 Lower Distribution of adults by income tier (%)
Tier 2016
Rank Lower Middle Upper
1 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 18.6 63.1 18.4
2 Anchorage, AK 18.7 56.9 24.4
3 Norwich-New London, CT 18.8 52.9 28.3
4 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 19.1 60.6 20.2
5 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 19.1 55.2 25.7
6 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 19.4 57.7 22.9
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 19.6 49.8 30.6
8 Barnstable Town, MA 19.7 54.2 26.1
9 Jefferson City, MO 20.1 59.4 20.4
10 Sheboygan, WI 20.2 65.2 14.5
11 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 20.3 52.3 27.4
12 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 20.6 50.1 29.3
13 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 21.3 52.3 26.4
14 Austin-Round Rock, TX 21.4 53.3 25.3
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 21.4 53.3 25.3
16 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 21.5 58.9 19.6
17 Manchester-Nashua, NH 21.5 58.7 19.9
18 Salisbury, MD-DE 21.5 56.7 21.8
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 21.6 55.2 23.2
20 Kansas City, MO-KS 21.8 55.7 22.5
21 St. Louis, MO-IL 21.9 54.3 23.8
22 Springfield, IL 21.9 54.6 23.4
23 Bismarck, ND 22.1 51.4 26.5
24 Lincoln, NE 22.1 56.3 21.6
25 Richmond, VA 22.1 54.9 23.0
26 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 22.2 46.2 31.6
27 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 22.3 53.0 24.8
28 Urban Honolulu, HI 22.3 60.1 17.5
29 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 22.4 53.7 23.8
30 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 22.5 54.9 22.6
31 Elkhart-Goshen, IN 22.6 64.4 13.0
32 Raleigh, NC 22.6 52.6 24.8
33 Worcester, MA-CT 22.6 53.5 23.9
34 York-Hanover, PA 22.6 60.4 17.0
35 Salt Lake City, UT 22.8 59.3 17.9
36 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 22.9 55.9 21.3
37 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 22.9 46.7 30.4
38 Burlington-South Burlington, VT 23.0 55.3 21.7
39 Lebanon, PA 23.0 61.5 15.5
40 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 23.0 57.3 19.7
41 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 23.1 56.3 20.6
42 Bend-Redmond, OR 23.2 58.8 18.0
43 Topeka, KS 23.3 57.0 19.7
44 Wausau, WI 23.3 61.0 15.7
45 Midland, TX 23.6 51.8 24.6
46 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 23.7 46.1 30.2
47 Michigan City-La Porte, IN 23.7 59.7 16.5
48 Portland-South Portland, ME 23.7 54.1 22.2
49 Trenton, NJ 23.8 49.7 26.5
50 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 23.9 52.8 23.3
51 Huntsville, AL 23.9 50.2 25.9
52 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 23.9 55.9 20.2
53 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 24.0 56.7 19.4
54 Canton-Massillon, OH 24.0 59.7 16.2
55 Columbus, OH 24.0 53.3 22.6
56 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 24.1 54.4 21.5
57 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 24.1 54.1 21.8
58 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 24.1 59.1 16.8
59 Colorado Springs, CO 24.2 55.4 20.4
60 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 24.3 53.6 22.2
61 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 24.4 56.2 19.4
62 Lawrence, KS 24.5 54.7 20.7
63 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 24.7 56.2 19.1
64 Pittsburgh, PA 24.7 54.0 21.3
65 Wichita, KS 24.7 57.7 17.6
66 Fort Wayne, IN 24.8 58.2 17.0
67 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 24.9 55.0 20.1
68 Monroe, MI 24.9 56.1 19.0
69 Kankakee, IL 25.0 62.8 12.2
70 Santa Rosa, CA 25.0 56.9 18.1
71 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 25.1 60.1 14.8
72 Pittsfield, MA 25.1 53.5 21.4
73 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 25.2 52.9 21.9
74 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 25.2 53.4 21.3
75 Ann Arbor, MI 25.3 47.7 27.0
76 Bloomington, IL 25.3 48.1 26.6
77 Lancaster, PA 25.3 59.2 15.5
78 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 25.4 53.6 20.9
79 Dover, DE 25.4 57.5 17.1
80 Janesville-Beloit, WI 25.4 56.4 18.2
81 Provo-Orem, UT 25.4 59.1 15.5
82 Rochester, NY 25.4 57.0 17.6
83 Akron, OH 25.5 55.0 19.5
84 East Stroudsburg, PA 25.5 63.7 10.8
85 Racine, WI 25.5 61.2 13.3
86 Jackson, MI 25.6 62.5 11.9
87 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 25.7 54.8 19.6
88 Odessa, TX 25.7 58.6 15.8
89 New Haven-Milford, CT 25.8 53.9 20.3
90 Jacksonville, FL 25.9 55.1 19.0
91 Napa, CA 25.9 52.3 21.8
92 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 25.9 50.9 23.2
93 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 26.0 53.7 20.3
94 Dayton, OH 26.1 54.7 19.2
95 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 26.1 50.8 23.1
96 Reading, PA 26.1 55.0 18.9
97 Eau Claire, WI 26.2 61.0 12.8
98 Syracuse, NY 26.2 57.3 16.5
99 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 26.5 51.0 22.5
100 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 26.6 52.1 21.3
101 Springfield, OH 26.6 61.4 12.1
102 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 26.7 51.4 21.9
103 Gainesville, GA 26.7 57.6 15.7
104 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 26.8 51.6 21.7
105 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 26.8 53.9 19.2
106 Bellingham, WA 27.0 57.4 15.6
107 Boise City, ID 27.0 56.0 17.0
108 Reno, NV 27.0 54.1 18.9
109 Fort Collins, CO 27.1 52.8 20.1
110 Roanoke, VA 27.2 55.2 17.6
111 Springfield, MA 27.2 55.1 17.7
112 Oklahoma City, OK 27.3 52.4 20.3
113 Santa Fe, NM 27.3 49.4 23.2
114 St. Joseph, MO-KS 27.4 55.6 17.0
115 St. George, UT 27.5 58.1 14.4
116 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 27.6 55.3 17.1
117 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 27.7 54.4 17.9
118 Lynchburg, VA 27.7 56.7 15.6
119 Spartanburg, SC 27.7 56.3 15.9
120 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 27.8 54.7 17.5
121 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 27.8 54.0 18.2
122 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 27.8 52.6 19.6
123 Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 27.9 50.2 21.9
124 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 27.9 56.0 16.1
125 Glens Falls, NY 28.0 57.6 14.4
126 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 28.0 53.1 18.9
127 Decatur, IL 28.1 56.1 15.8
128 Lima, OH 28.2 60.5 11.4
129 Utica-Rome, NY 28.2 54.4 17.4
130 Chattanooga, TN-GA 28.3 53.0 18.7
131 Rockford, IL 28.3 55.9 15.8
132 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 28.3 53.5 18.3
133 Columbia, SC 28.4 55.5 16.2
134 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 28.4 53.2 18.4
135 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 28.5 51.4 20.1
136 Coeur d’Alene, ID 28.5 54.9 16.6
137 Prescott, AZ 28.6 55.3 16.1
138 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 28.6 57.7 13.8
139 Wenatchee, WA 28.7 57.8 13.5
140 Asheville, NC 28.8 56.0 15.2
141 Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 28.8 57.0 14.1
142 Toledo, OH 28.8 50.8 20.4
143 Joplin, MO 28.9 60.3 10.8
U.S. 29.0 51.6 19.4
144 Amarillo, TX 29.0 52.9 18.0
145 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 29.0 53.3 17.6
146 Knoxville, TN 29.0 54.1 16.9
147 Ocean City, NJ 29.0 50.3 20.7
148 Owensboro, KY 29.0 51.5 19.5
149 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 29.1 56.7 14.2
150 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 29.2 56.4 14.4
151 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 29.3 54.0 16.7
152 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 29.3 48.9 21.8
153 Johnstown, PA 29.3 58.1 12.6
154 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 29.3 51.3 19.4
155 Lewiston-Auburn, ME 29.3 62.8 7.9
156 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 29.4 55.5 15.1
157 Baton Rouge, LA 29.5 49.0 21.5
158 Florence, SC 29.5 55.4 15.1
159 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 29.6 55.7 14.7
160 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 29.6 52.4 18.0
161 Punta Gorda, FL 29.7 57.0 13.3
162 Springfield, MO 29.7 54.5 15.8
163 Tuscaloosa, AL 29.7 54.4 15.9
164 Burlington, NC 29.8 55.2 15.0
165 Corpus Christi, TX 29.8 55.2 15.0
166 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 29.8 51.5 18.7
167 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 30.1 49.4 20.5
168 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 30.1 52.3 17.5
169 Bangor, ME 30.2 58.8 11.0
170 Auburn-Opelika, AL 30.3 54.4 15.3
171 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 30.3 48.3 21.3
172 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 30.5 50.8 18.7
173 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30.6 52.2 17.2
174 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30.6 47.8 21.6
175 Jackson, MS 30.7 51.2 18.1
176 Binghamton, NY 30.8 52.5 16.7
177 Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 30.9 50.6 18.5
178 Mansfield, OH 31.0 58.1 10.9
179 Mobile, AL 31.0 52.9 16.1
180 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 31.2 53.4 15.4
181 Winston-Salem, NC 31.2 53.0 15.8
182 Muskegon, MI 31.3 58.5 10.2
183 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 31.4 53.5 15.1
184 Montgomery, AL 31.5 48.5 20.1
185 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 31.5 47.6 20.9
186 Albuquerque, NM 31.7 52.1 16.2
187 Columbia, MO 31.7 50.7 17.6
188 Decatur, AL 31.7 52.7 15.6
189 Erie, PA 31.7 54.1 14.2
190 Greensboro-High Point, NC 31.7 52.0 16.3
191 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 31.7 47.1 21.2
192 Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 31.8 52.7 15.5
193 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 31.9 49.3 18.9
194 San Angelo, TX 31.9 52.4 15.7
195 Stockton-Lodi, CA 31.9 52.5 15.7
196 Charleston, WV 32.1 51.1 16.9
197 Gadsden, AL 32.1 54.2 13.7
198 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 32.2 50.7 17.1
199 Medford, OR 32.2 52.9 14.9
200 Morgantown, WV 32.2 49.4 18.5
201 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 32.2 52.9 14.8
202 Port St. Lucie, FL 32.2 53.0 14.8
203 Harrisonburg, VA 32.7 52.1 15.2
204 Tyler, TX 32.7 51.0 16.3
205 Wilmington, NC 32.7 49.9 17.5
206 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 32.8 54.0 13.2
207 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 32.9 56.2 10.9
208 Ithaca, NY 32.9 52.5 14.6
209 Pueblo, CO 33.0 52.6 14.4
210 Salinas, CA 33.0 51.0 16.0
211 Clarksville, TN-KY 33.1 55.3 11.6
212 Rocky Mount, NC 33.1 54.2 12.7
213 Jackson, TN 33.2 49.9 16.9
214 Lafayette, LA 33.5 50.6 15.9
215 Wichita Falls, TX 33.6 54.8 11.6
216 Champaign-Urbana, IL 33.8 47.1 19.0
217 Tucson, AZ 33.8 50.2 15.9
218 Fayetteville, NC 34.0 54.8 11.2
219 Grand Junction, CO 34.0 52.1 13.9
220 Iowa City, IA 34.2 46.3 19.4
221 Flagstaff, AZ 34.4 54.0 11.6
222 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 34.4 54.9 10.7
223 State College, PA 34.4 47.2 18.4
224 Houma-Thibodaux, LA 34.5 50.1 15.4
225 Muncie, IN 34.6 50.7 14.7
226 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 34.7 54.3 11.0
227 Waco, TX 34.7 49.9 15.4
228 Homosassa Springs, FL 34.8 52.7 12.4
229 Yakima, WA 35.0 52.9 12.1
230 Saginaw, MI 35.1 51.9 13.0
231 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 35.3 52.3 12.4
232 Redding, CA 35.4 51.7 12.9
233 Goldsboro, NC 35.6 49.9 14.5
234 Modesto, CA 35.6 51.5 12.9
235 Eugene, OR 35.7 51.6 12.7
236 Yuba City, CA 35.8 52.5 11.6
237 Lubbock, TX 35.9 49.0 15.1
238 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 36.0 47.3 16.8
239 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 36.0 51.5 12.4
240 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 36.0 48.6 15.4
241 Greenville, NC 36.5 46.4 17.1
242 Ocala, FL 36.6 52.6 10.8
243 Madera, CA 36.8 48.9 14.3
244 Gainesville, FL 37.2 48.3 14.5
245 El Centro, CA 37.5 51.3 11.3
246 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 38.2 47.7 14.1
247 Chico, CA 38.4 47.4 14.2
248 Monroe, LA 38.4 45.6 16.0
249 Yuma, AZ 38.6 52.6 8.8
250 El Paso, TX 38.7 51.2 10.2
251 Bloomington, IN 39.0 46.1 14.9
252 Fresno, CA 39.9 45.2 14.9
253 Merced, CA 39.9 47.3 12.8
254 College Station-Bryan, TX 41.3 42.6 16.1
255 Bakersfield, CA 41.6 46.3 12.1
256 Visalia-Porterville, CA 43.8 46.6 9.7
257 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 44.5 45.3 10.2
258 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 45.3 46.6 8.1
259 Las Cruces, NM 45.3 45.0 9.7
260 Laredo, TX 49.0 38.6 12.4
Rank of large Florida MSA’s by lower-tier %. Jax also has highest % in middle & upper tier Distribution of adults by income tier (%)
2016
Lower Middle Upper
Jacksonville, FL 25.9 55.1 19.0
U.S. 29.0 51.6 19.4
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 31.2 53.4 15.4
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 32.2 52.9 14.8
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 38.2 47.7 14.1

 

 

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1988 Jacksonville Crime Commission Report

1988 Jacksonville Crime Commission Report

Henry Luke Chair 1988 Commission

 

 

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5/20/2018 – Spiritual Declaration, Pride, Giving and Thorns – 2 Corinthians 4, 9, 12

I. Spiritual Declaration click here. Review, commit and sign. Click here.

II. The Lord hates pride and temporal living – Proverbs 6:16-19 AMP.. 16 These six things the Lord hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: 17a A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others],

“In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”A  Pride is rebellion against Jesus and denial there is a God who sent His Son to die for my sin in humility so that I could have eternal life B. As a born again believer I can be a practical atheist when I decide to choose self-centeredness, rebellion and walk in the deeds of the flesh.

Pride is the root cause of all sin. Pride led to the downfall of Satan when he said “I will make myself like the Most High.” C  Eve and Adam choose to disobey God because they wanted “to be like God” D. Instead of depending on God the proud “lie, murder, scheme, are evil, give false testimony, and are divisive” [vv.17b-19 NLT]. They look to self for guidance, strength, provision and for decisions about what is right or wrong.

the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” E

In pride I can focus on things that are visible but temporal [seen– present sufferings or blessings]; or in Jesus focus on invisible spiritual realities that are eternal [not seen– trusting Jesus one day at a time and the future reality of my home in heaven with Jesus and other departed saints. ]

The Disciple must decide every day and moment whether to focus in pride on Temporal things and self or spiritual Eternal things and Jesus. 

Notes: A- Psalms 10:4; B- John 3:16 ESV, Philippians 2:3-10, 1 Peter 5:6-9a; C- Isaiah 14:14b: D- Genesis 3:5b; E- 2 Corinthians 4:18b;

III. Grace giving is multiplied bountifully –  2 Corinthians 9:6-11.. Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

I grew up on small farm and recognize the example from agriculture. If we invest sparingly in a situation, whether money or time or whatever, we can’t expect much to come out of it. If we invest generously, we can expect a larger return. The generosity of Disciples is from love for Jesus; however we are reminded in both the OT & NT that giving is in our best interests. When we receive extra money we are tempted to think of self and temporal realities instead of Jesus and eternal realities.  We think temporally about how we can use the money for our comfort, pleasure or life-style.

The last book in the Old Testament said: 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”” [v.10 from Malachi 3:8-10]

New Testament grace giving is the tithe plus offerings: 23 For you tithe … and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others…[Matthew 23:23]. Jesus dramatically increased these commands in the NT under grace, [for 3 examples click Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 43-44 ]

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; [ 2 Corinthians 9:8]

When we give by grace, God by His grace gives us the material possessions sufficient to increase our good deeds as well as meeting our needs, but not necessarily our wants. Unfortunately many times we take His material blessings and spend them all on ourselves. [Luke 6:38]

Temporal – I earned the money and I can spend it any way I want to or EternalGrace giving is multiplied providing the opportunity for increased giving and for thankfulness to God from the beneficiaries of our gifts.

IV. Paul received a thorn in flesh to keep him humble – 2 Corinthians 12:2,4,7a..I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man… 4b heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 7a-c Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh,

The man in v.2 was Paul. Paul was referring to a revelation near the end of his time in Tarsus.

[After his miraculous salvation Paul went into Arabia to receive the knowledge of Jesus and the gospel directly. Then after 3 years he went to Jerusalem, then to Tarsus and finally Paul was brought to Antioch by Barnabas after 43AD. Barnabas went to Antioch in 43AD. The revelation occurred, “14 years ago”, about 43AD since 2 Corinthians was written in 57AD.   [Acts 9:26-30,11:22-26, Timeline]]

Paul could not describe how he received this revelation and was not permitted to speak of it because of its greatness. Paul’s soul was eternally alive but lived in a sinful body just like believers today. Therefore God knowing Paul was subject to the temptation of exalting himself “there was given me a thorn in the flesh,” to keep him humble and totally dependent on Jesus. [2 Corinthians 12:7-10, for 9 reasons for troubles in your life click here]

Are any of your troubles “thorns in the flesh” to keep you humble? If so are you being bitter  – Temporal or thankful – Eternal?

V. Because of the Lord’s grace His power is revealed in our weakness 2 Corinthians 12:7c-10..7c-e there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me— Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

fact cannot be changed except by miraculous intervention by God. He will give you the grace to accept it or supernaturally change it. But, God can give you His wisdom, courage and knowledge to solve problems. A

Paul implored the Lord 3 times to remove the thorn. Implored is a strong word to use with the Lord, maybe indicating the seriousness of this thorn.  God told Paul you don’t have a problem but a fact which you have to live with for the rest of your life–[25 years].

God said to Paul “my grace is sufficient for you”. The power of Jesus dwelled in Paul’s life and is revealed through the weakness of Paul. You may say how? Paul  kept proclaiming the gospel; 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

When faced with an unchangeable fact the best choice is go to the cross of Jesus and commit to live a Jesus-centered life filled with thankfulness, strength, the fruit of the Holy Spirit all the time and helpfulness to others in facts and problems in their lives. B The opposite choice of self-centeredness leads to self pity, anger and bitterness and just yields more thorns for yourself and others.

Who or what do you turn to when faced with the facts and problems of life? Either turn to Temporal things – self-pity, bitterness, depression, drugs, wine and others or Eternal things – God for comfort, strength, wisdom and guidance.

Notes: A- For how to solve problems click here; B- For how the God of all comfort can use our afflictions to help others click here.

VI. Temporal – being self-centered or Eternal – being Jesus-centered. 

2 Corinthians 4:18b the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthian through the Temporal or Eternal lenses.

ch.1 – Enjoying and sharing God’s Comfort – Temporal – Praying one time for a person requesting prayer and then forgetting or Eternal – The comfort God gives in your affliction makes you able to be used by God to comfort “those who are in any kind of affliction” and pray.

ch.4-5 – Displaying the Gospel – Temporal – I am afraid to witness or Eternal  –  Believers can face life with confidence, knowing that the power of the gospel can be revealed through unworthy, weak and frail Disciples.

ch.5-6 – Becoming New – Temporal – I don’t have time to spend worshipping Jesus and praying to prepare my heart for living and witnessing or EternalI spend more than  30 minutes every day in bible study and prayer and am actively being a reconciler, ambassador, discipler and witness for Jesus instead of ignoring my “marvelous gift” of salvation from God?                                                                               [2 Corinthians 5:19, 20, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, A discipler makes new disciples, encourages them to be baptized and teaches them so they can repeat the cycle with some else. 2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT]

ch.4, 9, 12:

  1. Temporal – being self-centered or Eternal – To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say: However, Whenever, Wherever and Whatever You ask me to do, my answer in advance is yes! I desire to obey all the commands of Jesus and the apostles in His Word. Wherever You lead and whatever the cost, I’m ready: Anytime. Anywhere. Anyway. Whatever it takes Lord! I want to be used by You in such a way, that on that final day I’ll hear You say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Come on in and let the eternal party begin.” 
  2. The Disciple must decide every day and moment whether to focus in pride on Temporal things and self or spiritual Eternal things and Jesus.
  3. Temporal – I earned the money and I can spend it any way I want to or Eternal – Grace giving is multiplied providing the opportunity for increased giving and for thankfulness to God from the beneficiaries of our gifts.
  4. Are any of your troubles “thorns in the flesh” to keep you humble? If so are you being bitter – Temporal or thankful – Eternal?
  5. Who or what do you turn to when faced with the facts and problems of life? Either to Temporal – self-pity, bitterness, depression, drugs, wine and others or Eternal – God for comfort, strength, wisdom and guidance.

6. Scripture memory – 2 Corinthians 4:18b the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are

Henry Luke 5/21/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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Brevard Florida Children show off talents in Business Fair Expo

Some children around Brevard County don’t want to wait until the age of 16 to work.

This entrepreneur spirit was apparent at the inaugural Brevard Children’s Business Fair Expo held at The Avenue Viera on March 31. Ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old, 25 vendors showed off their business acumen

http://www.vieravoice.com/May-2018/Children-show-off-talents-in-Business-Fair-Expo/

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All about Viera 1989-2018 a new town in Brevard County Florida

Viera is a magnificient new town with over 22,000 population and still growing.

https://viera.com/live-here/our-beginnings

I was fortunate to be involved with the original planning and development of Viera as a board member and consultant for 10 years.

Henry Luke 4/18/2018

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Article from Imprimis a publication of Hillsdale College

“How to meet the strategic challenge posed by China” click here

“The Politicization of the FBI” Click here

For more from Imprimis click here

 

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‘We are almost there’: Speaker describes fundraising success for Topeka’s Momentum 2022

Momentum 2022′s ongoing capital campaign has raised $6.18 million of its $6.3 million goal in private donations from local inves

Kayla Bitler, Momentum 2022 strategic coordinator for Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and GO Topeka, said Thursday she expects the campaign to exceed its goal.

Momentum 2022 is financed by the Topeka Community Foundation, GO Topeka, Heartland Visioning, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and United Way of Greater Topeka. Shawnee County Commissioner Shelly Buhler, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla and Keith Warta of Bartlett and West lead an implementation committee.

For entire article click here.

Henry Luke 3/1/2018

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