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 LifeStewardship: Giving to God His in this LifeMaterialism: Giving to God First in this LifeContentment: Giving to God Place […]
NR7-09 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: Giving […]
ACL-14 970914AM JAMES-10 1.9-11 JAMES 1:9-11 “EXTRAVAGANT GIVING – IS RICH TOWARD GOD ” 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 […]
ACL-13 970907am JAMES 1:9-11 The Rich-Poor and The Poor-Rich 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 […]
021110AM Prayer-16 GDGW-35 “PRAYING FOR GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN ” BEWARE OF AFFLUENZA DWM-27 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 major world newspapers […]
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.