One of the hardest sayings of Jesus has to do with a camel, a needle, and money. It causes us to consider closely the materialistic way we live. God wants us to enjoy material blessings, to give Him charge of all that we have, to invest and be generous. Preached at Fellowship Church, Grapevine Texas. www.creativepastors.com. Used by permission of Fellowship Church.
Speaker: Ed Young Jr.
Scripture: Mark 10:18-22
It's hard to remember a time when people were more angry. A civilized person ought to be, first of all, civil. Yet, today there is no discourse, no respect for another's opinion, no reasoning together for the common good. I am concerned, especially for the church. One may argue, "Our society is decaying. We should be mad." Yes, but we can be angry yet still not sin (see...
Author: Francis Frangipane
Topic: Church and Culture
The story of Ananias and Sapphira teaches the gravity of allowing Satan to gain a foothold in God's church through lying and deception. The passage connects pretense, divided self, lack of integrity and satanic power. If God did not intervene and confront the lies, greed and deceit, it would be the death of the church from the start. We lose our integrity slowly, over small...
Speaker: Peter Scazzero
Scripture: Acts 5:1-11
Topic: Consequences of Sin
For years I’ve been haunted by one of John Newton’s letters, which was later titled “Blemishes in Christian Character.” Newton was an 18th century Anglican minister who had once been a slave trader. After a dramatic conversion, he went into the ministry and became one of the wisest and most insightful pastors of his time. His hundreds of pastoral letters are masterful and many...
Author: Tim Keller
Jesus teaches that we live under great stress when we worship the rival god, Money. We must learn to walk in faith in the present and run to Jesus when we hurt. Life Events Stress Scale click here.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-24, Psalm 23
King David's sons prove that the blessings of wealth, sex, and influence can corrupt. We can also be seduced by misusing the blessings in our lives.
Paul penned Second Corinthians to Christians in a humanistic, hedonistic culture. How do you live a godly life in the midst of such a toxic environment? Paul gives us many clues.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians
Instead of spending and going into debt at Christmas, try giving back to the community and investing in God's kingdom.
Scripture: Luke 16:10-15, 2 Corinthians 8:1-4, Philippians 4:14-19
The Bible has much to say about materialism and stewardship. We must manage our funds wisely, avoid debt, walk in faith instead of fear and be content.
Two lenses predominate our life-focus, fear and faith. We can view life through the lens of scarcity and worry about what we might lose. We can view life through the lens of generosity and see the world as our opportunity to bless others. We can't lose what we've already given away.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Luke 6:20-22, Matthew 6:19-25