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The Church Really Is Just After Your Money (6 of 7)
Series: A Capital Campaign Series
Introduction: A woman dialed the number of what she thought was the local record shop. A man answered. She asked, "Do you have 10 little fingers and 10 little toes in Alabama?" The man had no idea that she was talking about a song. He said, "No, but I do have a wife and 15 kids in Louisiana." She asked, "Is that a record?" He said, "I don't know if it is a record or not, but it sure is above average."
This is my SIXTH sermon on the general theme of giving since we started our Capital Campaign six weeks ago. I don't know if that's a record or not but it sure is above average. Tonight we conclude the campaign at the All Church Dinner so this will be my last sermon on giving for quite some time...amen?
I remember as a teenager sitting next to my preacher, Fred Smith, at a Christian Convention one year when it was time for the offering. The preacher giving the offering meditation saw this as his big moment in the spotlight. Preachers always think they're "all that" when they get to speak at a conference or a convention. So this preacher took full advantage of what should have been a sixty-second meditation and he went on and on and on. Fred Smith leaned over to me and whispered, "I don't know about you but I'd double my offering right now if he would just shut up!"
If you're a member you might be feeling that way right now: "Enough already, Steve. I'll double my offering if you'll just shut up!" If you're a visitor you might be thinking, "See, just like I always thought...the church is just...what...after your money." So I've decided to come clean and admit what all of the skeptics have suspected all along...that the church really is after your money. If you're a skeptic today, you'll want to make sure you get a copy of this sermon and give it to all of your friends and neighbors because, as far as I know, I'm the first preacher to let this ...
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