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Where Treasure and Heart Rests

The author of the Gospel according to Luke has been long accused of being anti-wealth and anti-money which is not only counter-cultural, although it certainly is, but it also is irrational because money is required for our basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter plus the extras. Within the church, that translates to the building and its maintenance, the worship, the pay of staff, which I am grateful, and our programming.

This accusation has long shone a spotlight on the tension of speaking finances within the church, but especially during a stewardship drive, or worse a capital campaign.

Yet, this accusation of the author is unfounded. The author does not oppose the tool of material resources, particularly for the sake of advancing the kingdom of God in all times and places. In fact, this is the Gospel that addresses how Jesus’ earthy ministry was funded… and it was wealthy women.

But, this author does reject the misuse, mismanagement, and hoarding of resources.

Our scripture this morning is infamous:
“Where your treasure is, there too is your heart”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Sermons


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Heritage & Legacy: What Will You Leave Behind?

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Our texts this week come from Genesis 15, Hebrews 11, and Luke 12.

In Genesis, Abraham is concerned about heirs and descendants.

In Hebrews, we reference Abraham as our ancestor and we the descendants in faith.

And, in Luke 12, Jesus is talking about where do you store up your treasures? Do you store them here on earth where rust, and moth, and time can reach them? Or are they stored up in heaven?

I see these texts as dealing with two sides of the same coin: heritage and legacy. Heritage is what we receive from generations of past, while legacy is what we hand off to the next generation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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