As we open to Revelation 3:17, we are opening to Jesus the Christ of Christmas, talking about something so timely to Christmas, so relevent to our choices this season, and so right where we are today that it is uncanny.
Jesus is addressing the condition that the believers at Laodicea had gotten themselves into. They were simply described by Christ as: loaded down with stuff.
They could afford all that stuff, they bought all those items with their hard-earned money. They stored their possessions carefully, and used them regularly. But, what the Laodiceans are confronted with by Christ is not that they had so much, but the danger that comes when we have too much stuff.
ACL-13 970907am The Rich-Poor and The Poor-Rich JAMES 1:9-11 God describes four types of people living in our world: rich/poor, rich/rich, poor/rich and poor/poor. Jesus Christ was born in poverty. He was born in a lowly stable, to poor parents, overlooked by the world. Jesus was born in a borrowed manger, he grew up in […]
ACL-14 970914AM JAMES-10 1.9-11 “EXTRAVAGANT GIVING IS RICH TOWARD GOD ” JAMES 1:9-11 This morning we are concluding our time considering the new way the Lord measures wealth. James tells us it is not outward but inward. It is not material but spiritual. It is not having but giving. Jesus pointed this out in one […]
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NR7-09 REV-45 960901AM This is our third stop in a four-week trek. We will be hiking the great passages describing MONEY, POSSESSIONS AND ETERNITY. Our four messages will be covering: Ownership: Giving to God All in this Life Stewardship: Giving to God His in this Life Materialism: Giving to God First in this Life Contentment: […]
021110AM Prayer-16 GDGW-35 “PRAYING FOR GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN ” BEWARE OF AFFLUENZA DWM-27 WFF-35 WFP-30 One of my hobbies is to follow Global Trends. We are so fixated often as Americans on America we are out of touch with issues that most of the world is focusing upon. This week many […]
Q&A-41 130728PM What does God say about Over-indulgers & Under-enjoyers? Ecclesiastes 5; Mark 10 & 1 Timothy 6 Q&A What does God say about over-indulgers & under-enjoyers? Deny self & live abundantly. No one obscure part of God’s Word ever will negate the clear and powerful passages. God has already clearly said that He desires […]
Q&A-42 130804PM Q&A Ecclesiastes & Money-2 .docx Q&A Series: God, Wealth, Heaven & Contentment Ecclesiastes 5; Mark 10 & 1 Timothy 6 What is Ecclesiastes 5 about? Be Honest to God (Ecc. 5:1–7) Be Honest to Others (Ecc. 5:8–9) Be Honest to Yourself (Ecc. 5:10–20) As I pondered Ecclesiastes, the 4th Wisdom book, I was […]
130818PM Q&A-43 Q&A RYR,Jesus, Money & Heaven .docx Q&A Series: RYR, Jesus, Money, & Heaven Mark 10 Is saving money showing a lack of faith? No, but obey the doctrines of stewardship. Principles on Money & Stewardship Four questions we must ask: Do I really need more? Is God testing my faith? Did I misuse […]
131110PM Q&A-48 Hoarding.docx “How Can I Be Sure that I am Not Hoarding & Stacking Up the Earthly Treasures that Jesus Said was a Foolish thing to do in Luke 12?” 3 Questions left from Last Sunday Night: “How Can I Be Sure that I am Not Hoarding & Stacking Up the Earthly Treasures that […]
Of the millions and millions and millions of people that lived before and during the time period of 15 centuries when God’s Word was written, the vast majority are nameless. People were born, lived, and died without most of the rest of humanity before or after them even knowing their names. The Washington DC think tank called the Population Reference Bureau calculates that by the time of the first century over 40 billion humans had lived and died.
Today God wants us living for Heaven, and every other day of our earthly lives.
But, we have to do so in the midst of an epidemic that has gotten stronger century by century. This flu we face as believers in Christ each day is far more deadly than the H1N1 variety of influenza now loitering and infecting people across the globe. Affluenza or materialism is a deadly disease that robs Christians of their desire for Heaven and replaces it with a desire for earth.
As we open to I Timothy 6 we find Paul warning about this spiritual sickness of materialism. This morning measure your personal resistance level to the nearly irresistible draw of spending life chasing stuff, money, pleasure, and possessions.
Please open your personal copy of the written down words that came directly from the Throne Room of the Universe, from the Almighty God that inhabits eternity. Those words for us this morning start in Revelation 7:9.
At the end of days, Satan empowers one man to win the world. He offers to satisfy all of mankind’s desires for peace & safety. He becomes Satan’s substitute for Jesus Christ, in the person of the antichrist. Today we are looking at how God describes the launch of this event. But why are we doing so? Because:
Revelation Shows Us: God is in Charge
Jesus sat down and shared with us His disciples the facts of earthly life. That’s how I describe the Sermon on the Mount.
The Facts of Earthly Life
Those chapters contained Jesus explaining the basics about salvation, prayer, relational dynamics and earthly treasures. We’ve studied the prayer portion at length, as well as the salvation portion. But the treasure lesson is what we’ll see today. Look at Matthew 6:19-24.
As we open to 2 Peter 3:14-17, we are coming to Peter’s fourth element in how to build an uncluttered, focused life that survives the fires of Revelation 6-19’s Return of the King.
Peter most clearly explains the Day of the Lord’s Second Coming as King, and we need to frame our understanding of Revelation 6-19 through the other Scriptures God has already given to us.
Every day we each make a big choice. Each day we choose which master we will follow. This is not about what we say, because with our mouth most believers would readily say that Christ is our Master.
Each day we point to our Master by our choices, with our time investments and with our motivations that drive our handling of money. Those are the actions that speak louder than our words. Those are the choices that clearly frame who really is the master of our lives.
For the past six weeks we have looked at how Christ’s words about the dangers of living for the temporal treasures of materialism stayed with Peter to the end of his life, even to the point of his last chapter of life, 2 Peter 3. We saw these as:
Peter’s Lessons on: the End of the World, Materialism, Contentment & the Un-Cluttered Life
But, the lessons of Peter’s last chapter are dwarfed by the even more clear and direct words of Christ’s last letter.
As we open to Revelation 6:2, I wonder if most of us remember what directly precedes the launch of the Tribulation? The way that Jesus, Paul, John & Daniel all describe the start of the Tribulation is not with disasters, wars, famines, and pestilences. The Tribulation begins, according to the Bible, with global peace, safety, and prosperity.