Resolved - Committing To What Matters Most
Dr. Fred Lowery
Acts 20:35b; 2 Cor. 9:6; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 8:1-5; Daniel 3:16-18; Job 1:21-22; 1 Tim. 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 6:6-11
OK. We're glad you're here on this first Sunday in the year which means that you have a perfect attendance record so far and I hope you keep that. The best thing you can do is make the commitment that you'll be here every Sunday. You know, you don't want the Lord just being with you every now and then, do you? But, there's something about coming to church and being with God's people that we all need that. We've got a lot of people, course, sick and we --we have a group that - been doing -- a bunch of our family has been doing mission work on the ski slopes this week and they're getting home, I think today but we're glad you're here as we begin 2013 and thinking about going into this year, the emotion that I most hear expressed is fear --- fear. I've not encountered that in 52 years of ministry where so many people are afraid---afraid of what might happen, what could happen and of course we've been inundated with all the stuff on- on television and we hear that the moment a baby is born, the baby owes $55,000. And in the last 4 years we've accumulated $5.7 trillion dollars in more debt. It's hard to even wrap our minds around what a trillion dollars represents. And we're basically borrowing 40¢ on every dollar we spend and we keep on spending money and we went through this, you know, we--we avoided the fiscal cliff for - for a --we pushed the can down the road for a couple of months at least but we didn't deal at all with debt reduction. So the fact that we keep spending more and more money and the debt gets higher and higher, people become afraid. And then things, January the 1st, payroll taxes went up and hospital care ---my hospital care went up this past year and it's gonna go up again and that's probably gonna be true for--for--for many of you and you're gonna have - have less money and - ...
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