Playing Monopoly with God (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Playing Monopoly with God (1 of 4)
Series: The Games Of Life
Jeff Strite
Matthew 6:19-21

Lead-in with the following video:
http://discoverychurch.com/messages/actually-win-losing/ (first 24 seconds)

How many of you have ever played Monopoly? (ask for a show of hands).
Me too.
I hate the game. I never win.

However, Monopoly is one of the THE most popular games in the world.
As I did research for this sermon I found there are at least 900 different game variations centered around things like:

TV shows (I Love Lucy)
Movies (007/ Pirates of the Caribbean)
Sports teams (NFL/NHL/NBA, and numerous college teams)
Every branch of the Military.
Various cities and nations throughout the world.
Cartoons (Garfield/Fantastic Four)
Singing groups (Beatles)
And animals.
They have Monopoly games that feature horses, dogs, cats… and my personal favorite: ''Hello Kitty''.

More than 275 million games have been sold worldwide and it's available in 111 countries, in 43 languages.
The longest MONOPOLY game in history lasted for 70 straight days.
In 1978, the Neiman Marcus offered a chocolate version of the game priced at $600.
And the most expensive version of the game is valued at $2 million. The set features a 23-carat gold board and diamond-studded dice.

However, there's something worth noting here. Monopoly totally runs against the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus said: ''Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.''

I'm pretty sure Monopoly is ALL about storing up treasures on earth. Buying houses and hotels and accumulating money is the main thing in this game. The name of the game is to establish a MONOPOLY - to monopolize and control everything on the board.

Now, why does Monopoly se ...


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