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MOST HEINOUS ROBBERY IN HISTORY

9/13/09 Malachi 3:6-10

1. Sermons proportionate to Scripture

a. 500 Vs. on prayer

b. LESS THAN 500 VERSES ON FAITH,

c. 1 of 10 Vs – Gospels-288 subj. of money.

d. 16 of 38 Parables money or possessions

e. MORE THAN 2000 ON MONEY & POSSESSIONS!

2. pastor of a struggling church – people not taught to tithe

"Brethren, I have THREE sermons this morning.

I have a $1000 sermon that lasts only five minutes.

I have a $500 sermon that lasts one hour.

And, I have a $200 sermon that lasts two hours. We’re going to take up the offering, and see which sermon you folks want preached!"

3. 4 times word rob or robbed used

a. very serious charge

b. no one likes to be called thief

c. rape & murder keep close company w/robbery

4. at least 3 victims of this Great Robbery

a. God

b. God’s Church

c. God’s People

A. ROBBERY OF GOD’S PERSON

1. Criticism of God Vs. 7

a. Spiritual apathy & decline

b. God says return and they say

Malachi 3:7 (MSG)

You have a long history of ignoring my commands. You haven’t done a thing I’ve told you. Return to me so I can return to you," says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. "You ask, ’But how do we return?’

2. Claim of God Vs. 8- Rhetorical Question

a. Who would have the audacity/nerve?

b. “Yet you have robbed me.”

c. Denial that makes it worse

d. God spells it out

i. tithes- simple word meaning 10th part $100=10

ii. offerings- gifts as tributes or praise

2. Curse of God

a. very strong meaning being defiled w/filth

b. covered so as to make life miserable

Genesis 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life:

Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because you have hearkened unto the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;

B. ROBBERY OF GOD’S PLACE

1. Command of God

a. Personal – Bring Ye

b. Pointed – All the tithes

c. Positional – into the storehouse

2. Cause of God

a. that there may be meat in mine house

b. provided strength to do God’s Work

c. Church – Amen Corner – led by Deacon Brown

Let the church walk – Amen let the church walk

Let the church run – Amen let the church run

Let the church fly – Amen let the church fly

If the church is going to fly its going to take money

Lets just let the church walk Preacher!

The Butterball Turkey Company set up a consumer hotline to answer questions. One woman called to ask about cooking a turkey she had kept in her freezer for 23 years. The operator told her it might be safe if the freezer had been kept below zero degrees the entire time. But the operator warned the woman that, even if it were safe, the flavor had probably deteriorated, and she wouldn’t recommend eating it. The caller replied, “That’s exactly what we thought. We’ll just go ahead and give it to the church.”

• Catholics gives 1%.

• Methodists - 1.3%.


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