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    Where is Jesus in your life? Would He rank important but maybe only as high as #3 or #4? Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make it in our top 10. He desires to be #1

    “If God ceases to be the Lord of all, He will eventually cease to be the Lord at all.” – Perry Noble

    One of the most difficult arenas to put Him first in is our finances. This is an area where many Americans are wrapped up in bondage.

    • The  #1 cause of divorce is conflict over finances
    • Families are drowning in consumer debt
    • 70% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck (Wall Street Journal)
    • Christians are giving 1-2% of income (on average)
    • Most U.S. workers (over 53) have less than $25,000 for retirement

    However, Jesus came to set us free. 

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4:18, ESV)

    What if we looked at the way you spend money? Would it reflect that God is the Lord of all? Today's sermon looks at a time when the Israelites had a problem making God the Lord of all. From their example we will learn how surrender is not when we give God something - it’s when we give Him everything.

    NEXT STEPS

    1. Do you have a monthly budget you can track? If not, start this week.
    2. Set a deadline for you and your household to get a working long-term plan. Seek wise counsel to help lay out an effective plan.
    3. Ask God to help you have a healthy view of ‘your’ stuff. Review what the Bible says about money, debt, giving, and finances.

     

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    SunSundayFebFebruary24th2013 Living a Story Worth Telling
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    Living a story is unavoidable, living a story that matters is intentional.

    Luke 10:30-37.

     

    God has been working in my life since I was a young boy.  I was able to share some of my story through the sermon, but why?

    Because I wanted to share my story with you.

    I love a good story.  Whether it is found in a book, or in a movie, or it just comes up when talking to someone.

    Stories are so important and so powerful that in school they teach us how to write a story.

    Keys to an epic story:

    1) Evil enters

    2) A great battle or journey

    3) A hero comes and sets things right and life is found again.

    We all want to live epic stories, but few of us are willing to put in the work to make it happen.

    What if God gave us a pen and said write your story?

    Why would we try to write a great story?  Because we all want to live big stories, stories that matter, stories that people will tell for years to come, we all want to live epic stories. 

    ·         Braveheart

    ·         Titanic

    ·         Dark Knight

    ·         The Lord of the Rings

     

    Luke 10:25-37 (Good Samaritan)

    Who lived the good story?  Go and do the same.

    It’s not always easy. It will often cost energy, time, and money; however, it’s worth whatever it cost you. No epic story comes without the battle or journey.  

    Living a story is unavoidable, living a story that matters is intentional.

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