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Series: It All Belongs To Him
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and I want you to turn with me to Psalm 24 if you will. We have just ended one year, 2004, and we have been given a brand new year, 2005. And since we have been given another year, I want to begin this morning a series of sermons on stewardship entitled, "It All Belongs To Him."
ILLUS: I read a story about a man back in the 70's who had some money invested in an oil field. Well, one day he hit another gusher and just like that, he was worth twice as much as he had been the day before. A couple of days later, a friend of his asked him, "Tell me, what's it like to wake up one morning and have twice as much as you had the day before?" I love what that oil man said, "My assets haven't changed. I didn't own the first well, so I own the same amount as I did before, which is zero. I just feel added responsibility to God for managing the new asset."
ILLUS: Gordon Macdonald, a great bible teacher and preacher, once said, "One of the greatest missing teachings in the American church today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us."
You see, folks, the only money that we have is the Master's money. The only materials we have are the Master's materials. And the Master has entrusted us with the responsibility of managing it well. And if we won't manage it well, then He'll find someone else who will.
ILLUS: There was a church out in Kansas who needed to find a replacement for the church treasurer. So, the Pastor approached one of the members of the church, who owned the local grain elevator, and asked him to take the job. The man said that he would do it on two conditions. He said, "I'll only take the job if there are no reports required for one year, and with the promise that no one asks any questions during that year." The man was trusted, well respected and had been known f ...
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