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Summary: Jesus speaks to what we place value on.

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7-18-04

MATT 6;19-21

WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET?

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

WOW, WHAT A TREMENDOUS DAY TUESDAY WAS. ELEVEN MADE THE JOURNEY TO LANSING FOR THE 40 DAYS OF PURPOSE WORKSHOP. WE ALL CAME HOME, PUMPED UP AND READY TO GO. I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE ANY OF YOU WHO WANT TO GET INVOLVED, TO MAKE THE TRIP TO COLDWATER, ON JULY 29. SOME OF YOU WHO WENT TO LANSING, MAY WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO GO TO COLDWATER AS WELL, THEY HAVE A COUPLE EXTRA THINGS AVAILABLE. SEE MARTHA TO GET REGISTERED.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES THE 40 DAYS REALLY GO IS A CONCEPT CALLED EXPONENTIAL THINKING. THE IDEA BEHIND EXPONENTIAL THINKING IS SIMPLY THIS; CONSIDER THE RESULTS THAT WE THINK ARE HUMANLY POSSIBLE. FOR INSTANCE, 8 SMALL GROUPS MEETING. ADD TO THIS A ZERO. THEN YOU HAVE A GOAL THAT ONLY GOD CAN ACHIEVE. IF WE REACH THAT GOAL, WHO GETS THE GLORY? GOD DOES, B/C IT WAS NOT HUMANLY POSSIBLE FOR US TO REACH IT.

RICK WARREN SPELLS OUT 10 BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF EXPONENTIAL THINKING , LET ME GIVE YOU 5 TODAY.

1. EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IS POSSIBLE. EXODUS 1;7

2. EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IS THE NT MODEL ACTS 6;7

3. EXPONENTIAL GROWTH BRINGS HONOR TO GOD- B/C HE’S THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD HAVE DONE IT. IS 26;15

4. EXPONENTIAL GROWTH CAPTURES THE ATTENTION OF THE UNBELIEVING WORLD. EX 1;12

5. EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IS CAUSED BY GOD- AND CANT BE PROGRAMMED OR PREDICTED. DEUT 1;10

WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN MEETING THIS WEEK, TO PREPARE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. AS WE MEET, WE WILL BE SEEKING GOD IN PRAYER, TO SET OUR GOALS. PRAY FOR THE LEADERS.

THIS MORNING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MOST SENSITIVE SUBJECT KNOWN TO MAN. HIS WALLET.

THIS YOUNG MAN IS STANDING NEXT TO A MIDDLE AGED MAN ON A CROWDED BUS. EXCUSE ME, COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT TIME IT IS? THE OLDER MAN DOESN’T BUDGE, DOESN’T EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THE YOUNG MANS QUESTION.

THE BUS STOPS AND THE OLDER GUY GETS OFF W/ A FRIEND. THE FRIEND SAYS, YOU WERE PRETTY RUDE TO THAT YOUNG MAN. LET ME EXPLAIN. IF I TELL HIM WHAT TIME IT IS, HE WILL NEXT ASK, WHERE I AM GOING, THEN I WILL HAVE TO INVITE HIM TO DINNER AT MY HOME, AND THEN HE WILL MEET MY SINGLE DAUGHTER, AND THEN THEY WILL FALL IN LOVE. AND FRANKLY, I DON’T WANT MY DAUGHTER MARRYING SOME GUY WHO CANT AFFORD A WATCH.

THERE IS ONE SUBJECT THAT I DON’T LIKE TO PREACH ABOUT, THAT IS MONEY.

HOWEVER, WHEN IT COMES UP IN THE TEXT, AS IT DOES TODAY, WE WILL SPEND

SOME TIME CONSIDERING IT. JESUS SPENT MORE TIME TALKING ABOUT MONEY AND MATERIAL POSSESSIONS THAN HE DID ALMOST ANY OTHER SUBJECT.

ONCE AGAIN, IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, JESUS SPEAKS TO OUR ATTITUDE ABOUT THIS MOST SENSITIVE SUBJECT.

MONEY IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE IN OUR LIVES. ITS ONE OF THE NUTS AND BOLTS THINGS WE DEAL WITH. WE TALK ABOUT IT. WE THINK ABOUT IT. OFTEN WE LOSE SLEEP OVER IT. WE ARE CONCERNED W/ IT.


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