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The Alpha and Omega

Matthew 6:1 NASB95
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:
Matthew 6:24 NASB95
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Ash Wednesday and lent

Giving, Praying and Fasting

Real benefit and a counterfeit benefit.

Giving to the Poor

So if the urge hits you to give to the poor.
Matthew 6:2 NASB95
“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
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They accepted the counterfeit.
Matthew 6:3–4 NASB95
“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:3
If you bypass the counterfeit, the real reward will come.

Prayer

Matthew 6:5 NASB95
“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Matthew 6:6 NASB95
“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
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Would you rather have someone pray for you once in public that you know about, or often and consistently in secret not knowing?
Matthew 6:7 NASB95
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
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Matthew 6:8 NASB95
“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Fasting

Matthew 6:16 NASB95
“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Matthew 6:18 NASB95
so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:
Matthew 6:17–18 NASB95
“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Every argument has been about either the reward of men or the reward of God.

Treasure and Focus

Matthew 6:19
Matthew 6:19–21 NASB95
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
If Jesus is only talking about Money, then the below he is somewhat contradicting these verses.
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Ecclesiastes 11:2 NASB95
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.
Proverbs 13:22 NASB95
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Focus

Matthew 6:22–23 NASB95
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
You can’t serve Both.

The Two Pardons

Junior Johnson Driver in the 50s and 60s
convicted of moonshining in 1956. served 11 months of a two year sentence, and continued to race, but always wanted to vote again. 1986 Ronald Reagan pardoned him.
Rick Hendrick - 1997 convicted of mail fraud in connections with payouts to Honda Excecs to receive more than his alloted cars. Ordered to stay away from his racing team. 2000 pardoned by Bill Clinton.
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