And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. You cannot serve God and money. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Give, and it will be given to you.
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Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table.
Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.
And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord , and he will repay him for his deed.
The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.
Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
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Such are the rich. Because they were first to occupy common goods, they take these goods as their own. Did you not come naked from the womb? Will you not return naked into the earth? Job Whence then did you have your present possessions? If you admit they are from God, tell us why you have received them. Is God unjust to distribute the necessaries of life to us unequally?
Why are you rich, why is that one poor? Is it not that you may receive the reward of beneficence and faithful distribution? Will not one be called a thief who steals the garment of one already clothed, and is one deserving of any other title who will not clothe the naked if he is able to do so? That bread which you keep, belongs to the hungry; that coat which you preserve in your wardrobe, to the naked; those shoes which are rotting in your possession, to the shoeless; that gold which you have hidden in the ground, to the needy.
Wherefore, as often as you were able to help others, and refused, so often did you do them wrong. Yet it is plain that you have very many lands. Whence all these? Undoubtedly you have subordinated the relief and comfort of many to your convenience. Therefore, the more you abound in riches, the more you have been wanting in charity. But if there come to thee a poor man wanting bread, there is no end of revilings, and reproaches, and charges of idleness, and upbraidings, and insults, and jeers; and thou considerest not with thyself, that thou too art idle, and yet God giveth thee His gifts.
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For tell me not this, that thou too art doing somewhat, but point me out this rather, if it be anything really needful that thou doest, and art busy about. But if thou tellest one of money-getting, and of traffic, and of the care and increase of thy goods, I also would say unto thee, Not these, but alms, and prayers, and the protection of the injured, and all such things, are truly works, with respect to which we live in thorough idleness. And to some that are not merely idle, but even doing evil, He freely gives the benefit of these things.
God generously gives all things that are much more necessary than money, such as air, water, fire, the sun—all such things. It is not correct to say that the rich person takes in a more abundant supply of air than the poor person does. No, all [these] things lie at the equal and common disposition of all…. The poor would not envy the rich, because there would be no rich.
Neither would the poor be despised by the rich, for there would be no poor. All things would be in common. The assumption is that the farmers, in turn, collected money directly from the braceros. The entire bracero program was vast. Initially, he built apartments aimed at the top 10 percent of the market. Eventually, though, he decided to begin building apartments for the masses.
With the real estate fortune he began chasing a dream: to own a professional sports team, ideally a football team. That the team he eventually bought was the San Diego Chargers is merely a matter of happenstance. Alex Spanos eventually began turning over the reins of his businesses and the Chargers to his children and, in , he announced he had dementia and retired from public life.
Management of the team fell to his son, Dean, who has now turned it over to his sons, A. Dean Spanos has reserved one final task for himself: to find a new stadium home for the team his father bought. All comments containing links will be reviewed by VOSD staff before they are published. Read our full comment policy. For longer comments, consider submitting an op-ed to Voice of San Diego. Read the guidelines here. We have recently updated our commenting system. If you are unable to submit a comment, please clear the cache and cookies in your browser, or use a private browsing window.
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