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How to Plan Ahead (9 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 23, 2007
As you are turning to James chapter 4 .. I hope by now that you are beginning to understand the heading of our study: CHRISTIANITY IN SHOELEATHER. What the book of Proverbs is to the Old Testament .. the book of James is to the New Testament!
In every chapter .. James takes biblical truth and puts it where we all live. For instance .. last time together he helped us learn some things about getting along with others. And today beginning in chapter 4.13 .. we're going to learn some things from the Word of God about making plans for the future.
Is there anything wrong with planning for the future? What about planning to start a new business? Does the Bible say anything about that? What about putting together a plan for retirement? Is that something we should do? Is there anything wrong with that? Will God bless that kind of planning? Well, maybe .. maybe not.
What about planning for a marriage? Having just gone through that with my daughter ... for you who have daughters .. I would suggest you have a financial plan developed to pay for her wedding by her 6th birthday!
What does the Bible say about our making plans? And what kind of plans does God bless?
Well .. that's what we're thinking about today beginning in James 4.13.
How to Plan Ahead
13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin."
So what does God ...
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