The Question About Paying Taxes

 

Pastor Darrol Hood’s message on January 13, 2019 to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof Florida.

Matthew 22:15-22

The Question about Paying Taxes

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 

First Time Home Buyer Tips

10 Tips for First Time Home Buyers
By Karen Rittenhouse

Planning to buy a home? Here are some things to be aware of:

1. Lender: Step one – meet with a lender FIRST to find out if you qualify to buy and how much you can afford.

2. Income: Spending no more than one fourth of your income for your home is best. That way you can afford other expenses and, hopefully, keep your home if one partner looses their job.

3. Plan ahead: Make a wish list. Start with what would you love in your home, then narrow down to what you must have. For example, a fireplace is an absolute must have for me. I don’t bother looking at homes without one because I would not be happy living without a fireplace. Minor? Maybe, but not to me.

4. Location: Do you need to be close to work, to schools, to restaurants, to movie theaters? What’s important to your lifestyle? A little extra driving to work may seem like only a minor inconvenience when you find a home you love further out than you’d planned. But, after six months of driving that extra 25 minutes each way, you may not be thrilled with the idea of living in that location for the next 5-10 years. And, what’s it like to get home at rush hour?

5. Schools: I’ve had people say, “oh, we don’t care about the schools, we don’t have children.” Well, you may someday. And, even if they’re grown and gone, good school districts are a huge influence on how quickly you’ll be able to sell your home later.

6. Sunlight: Drive by the house you’re considering at different times of the day. Where does the sun shine into the windows at different times? Do you want plants to bloom in your family room? If so, the room better get plenty of light! Sunlight also impacts things like moss and mold growth.

7. Noise: If the neighborhood is quiet at 10am when you view it with your realtor, is it still quiet at 4pm when the kids are all home from school? What is it like in the evenings?

8. Closing Costs: Get good information about all of your closing costs to avoid surprises at the closing table. Surprises at closing are, unfortunately, not uncommon.

9. Move-in/Ownership Costs: Remember move-in costs like window treatments, carpets, shower curtains. Do you need to immediately buy a refrigerator? And don’t forget additional monthly expenses that may not show up on your buying estimates like: taxes, homeowners dues, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, utilities, maintenance, etc.

10. Repairs: Nine times out of 10, there will be repair costs. No home is perfect. Doors may not shut (or stay open), faucets may drip, toilets may run. Expect to find a number of fairly minor annoyances that you will want to fix when you begin living in your new home.

Buying a home is an exciting time. It can also be stressful! Hopefully, these tips will help you avoid some of the stress.

What can you add? What did you learn?

I’ve currently buy about 60 houses per year, 80 percent of which I wholesale – the rest we rehab or hold for our rental portfolio.

Please check out my blog at https://www.karensperspective.com/

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The Question About Paying Taxes

 

Pastor Darrol Hood’s message on January 13, 2019 to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof Florida.

Matthew 22:15-22

The Question about Paying Taxes

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

 

Pastor Hood’s message on marriage and divorce.

Message to the First Baptist Church of Frostproof given on 11-04-2018.

Mark 10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Marriage and Divorce

10 Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again.

The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him.

And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this a]precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

The Parable of the Tenants

Pastor Hood’s message to the First Baptist Church of Frostproof on January 6, 2019.

The Parable of the Tenants
12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against

Pastor’s Testimony

In this sermon Pastor Hood talks about his boyhood, salvation and his relationship with Jesus and how you can use you own personal story to evangelize to the lost.

This sermon is a rewind from sometime in 2016 and was given to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof, Florida.