God's goodness in a Landlord - John Van Sloten

September 16, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryLandlord's, can they teach us something about the heart of God?

"I read your post on preaching God's truth in a landlord, and I gotta tell you John, I just don't get it! What about all of the slum landlords out there?"
Comment last week from a Pastor/Friend of mine

“I was raised in an environment where you help your neighbour and you treat them like you want to be treated. That's our No. 1 rule as a company. It's in our policy manual and we ask everybody on our team to always think of the other person like they want to be thought of themselves.”
Sam Kolias, Boardwalk Equities, Globe and Mail interview, Report on Business, 2009

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus in Mark 12:30-31, NIV

“Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me.”
God to Job, Job 41:11, NIV

Definintion of the biblical concept of Covenant – “An agreement between two or more parties outlining mutual rights and responsibilities”
(does this sound like a lease to anybody?)
The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary

“And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed.”
God through the prophet Nathan to King David, 2 Samuel 7:10, TNIV

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
 “when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
 and with the house of Judah…
I will put my law in their minds
 and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
 and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbors,
 or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
 from the least of them to the greatest,”

God in Jeremiah 31:31-34, TNIV

“All that said I am glad God does not treat us as we deserve but graciously allows us to stay on even when our rent is overdue and we trash His place.”
Larry Luth, a Landlord

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August 06, 2015
In my home town of Bellingham, WA, 54% of the population rents. This is becoming the norm for millions of Americans who have essentially become modern day land serfs, renting and paying someone else’s mortgage. Today's landlords collect as much as 1/3 to 1/2 of their tenant's incomes which in turn pays for 100% of the landlord's costs plus. What then does the landlord provide? Ownership! Legal ownership. Thus, having determined that the surest path to wealth is to become a leech with a deed, and having made the conscious decision to live off others, landlords have become one of America's biggest success stories. Alas, there is a shortage of landlords! We need new ones to keep the current ones from taking even more of our meager pay. Pitiful, isn't it? Yet here is a Christian putting a happy face on this socially acceptable form of exploitative economic behavior - so long as it is done with a Christian attitude. And why not? Christian preachers once counseled slave owners.
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Jeremiah 31:31-34,Job 41:11,Mark 12:30-31,Sam Kolias,Boardwalk Equities,house,apartment,rental,work,vocation

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