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Summary: A sermon series on the seven deadly sins.

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Virus – Hidden Infections of the Spiritual Life

Greed – When Enough is Enough?

Review: We’ve been looking at the various viruses that infect and destroy our lives along w/ the antidote God supernaturally provides through the Holy Spirit and His Word.

 Laziness – failing to take advantage of God-given opportunities and abilities. It results in poverty, problems, and pain. Not everyone who is poor is lazy, but everyone who is lazy will become poor.

 Lust – an insatiable craving to gratify and satisfy a legitimate God-given desire in an illegitimate way. It destroys your convictions, character, and connections if not contained.

 Anger – an emotion that doesn’t produce the righteous life God desires. It is fruitless, foolish, and forbidden and it must be harnessed.

 Pride – Pride only thinks about me – it is the worship of me, myself, and I. It is a self-righteous, self-sufficient, and self-centered and the only way to overcome it is to get over you and get under God.

 Envy – to have an evil eye for things you want but don’t possess. It rots your reasoning and ruins your relationships. The only way to overcome it is to stop comparing, stop complaining and to learn to stay content.

 Gluttony – to be mastered by your appetites. It’s perfidy against God, poverty to your life, and poison to your body and to overcome it you must learn to EAT properly – Enjoy your blessings – Account to others – Train your bodies.

Trans: Today we’re going to finish our series on the 7 deadly sins by putting the virus of greed under the microscope of God’s Word – what it is and how it works.

Funny: 3 contractors from MO., FL, and NY. are on vacation. The manager of the property is told by the owner of a problem that needs to be fixed. Desperate, the manager approached his guest for help. The contractor from FL pulled out a tape and figured a price of $900 – $400 for supplies, $400 for labor and $100 profit for him. The MO contractor pulled out a tape and said, “I can do it for $700 – $300 for supplies, $300 for labor and $100 profit for me.” W/out measuring NY contractor said, “I can do it for $2700.” The manager said, “How do you know you didn’t measure anything?” The man from NY said, “Its simple - $1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from MO.”

Text: 1 Tm. 6:3-12

I The ROOT of Greed

Note: Greed is not the appreciation of money or the accumulation of things. Its not extravagance, b/c all that is relative. If you have more than one pair of shoes and a coat then you live more extravagantly than most of our world.

Insert: Greed is human desire gone awry. It’s consumption out of control. It is when we allow ourselves to be controlled and devoured by some desire for material things.

Insert: Greed is the reason consumer debt has doubled in the last 10 years and why most Americans go into debt at a rate of $400 per paycheck. It is why credit card debt in US stands at $1.6 trillion and why Citibank commercial now bid us to, “Live rich!”


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James Ford

commented on Apr 27, 2008

Grace and peace Good message God bless Christ is all MARANATHA

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