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Thatís right good old filthy lucre. He can talk about adultery, not a problem, stealing, murder, lust síalright. When he preaches on cigarettes and whiskey and wild, wild women we cheer him on. But let him talk about money and well, heís gone from preaching to meddling.
Itís great to watch people when you talk about money because they frown, cross their arms look disgusted and hold unto their wallets all at the same time.
I donít know if itís because it makes us feel guilty, or if we think the church shouldnít dabble in such worldly things as money or what. Maybe itís the scandals that happened with the TV evangelist back in the late eighties. When one of those fellows was photographed with a hooker I donít know what upset people more, the fact that he was with a prostitute or that he was driving a Jaguar.
And I donít like men of God begging for money any more then you do, but fourteen chapters into the bible the tithe is introduced when Abraham gave Melchizedek that mysterious king and priest of God, ten percent of all he owned.
So God introduces the tithe in the first book of the bible and itís there again in Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament. And Jesus spoke more about our money and how we use it then he did about prayer, bible study, or heaven and hell.
When the tabernacle was built God asked his people for money, and when the temple was built God asked his people for money, and when the temple was rebuilt God asked his people for money
And because the Christianís financial responsibility to the church is biblical based, I would be irresponsible if I failed to preach on it. So prepare yourself for Denn to meddle and for you to get bent out of shape.
But be thankful because I only preach on money once in a while, and I never try to sell you a brick, or a blessed cross, or a prayer cloth or offer you a free book for your gift of twenty dollars or more.
Itís the giving of Godís people which allows the church to exist. Itís the tithes of Godís people that provides outreach into the community and allows us to support missionaries overseas. And Iím hopeful that this message will reveal the privilege we have of being able to return a portion of the gifts that God gives to us, to him.
How many people here have ever taken their kidís to MacDonaldís. Ok youíve taken the fruit of your loins to the golden arches, youíve forked over some of your hard earned wealth, received your dinner and now you have retired to one of the tables to indulge yourself in these culinary delights.
You begin this experience of excess when you realize that youíve only ordered one large fries, now if there is only one thing that MacDonaldís does extremely well it is their fries, and so you reach over to juniorís side of the table and help yourself to one of the fries. When suddenly his hand is upon yours he looks deep into your eyes and says, ďDonít eat my friesĒ. His fries? His fries? Who earned the money for the meal? Who drove the car to get to the golden arches? Who ordered the meal? Who paid for the meal? His fries?
Been there, done that? Sure you have. His fries! But how often do we refuse to give God some of our fries? After
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