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Today's inspiration ...

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference toward one's neighbor who lives at the roadside, assaulted by exploitation, corruption, poverty and disease." 

--Mother Teresa 


Sermon: "What does the Bible say about ... MONEY?"

When we give back to God, it’s as though we hold out a piece of our heart and say, “Here, God, I am trusting you to provide for my every need.” 

1. Everyone and everything (including money) belongs to God. 
Psalm 24:1-2 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.

2. God gives you some of His money and expects you to be a good steward (manager) of it.
Matthew 25: 14-30 In this parable (a story that teaches an unexpected truth) the rich man divides up some money among 3 servants--five bags to one, three bags to the second, 1 bag to the third. The first and second servants manage the money well and please the rich man. The third hides it out of fear and disappoints the rich man.

3. Your ability to earn money comes from God.
Download offering target spreadsheet HERE
Deuteronomy 8:17-18  17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

4. A 10% tithe of your income given back to God is one way to express your gratitude to God. 
Malachi 3:10  10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” 


Sermon: What does the Bible say about ... suicide?


Suicide Attempts in the Bible (some examples)
1. Jonah: Jonah 1 (suicide by sailor)
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

2. Philippian jailer: Acts 16 (suicide by fear)

Suicides in the Bible (some examples)
1. Samson: Judges 16 (suicide by revenge)
2. Judas: Matthew 27 (suicide by guilt)
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Psalm 22:1-2
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

2 Corinthians 12:9 
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

What the Bible says about …. HOPE
Isaiah 40:31 (the whole chapter, really!)
Matthew 19:26
2 Corinthians 1: 2-5
Romans 5:1-5
1 Peter 3:13-15

Recap: Messy Games & Ice Cream