by Jeff Schreve

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The Monster of Materialism (2 of 6)
Series: Money Matters
Jeff Schreve
Hebrews 13:5-6

Well, if you have your Bibles, please turn to Hebrews chapter 13. We're in a series called Money Matters: How to Make Your Money Count for Now and Forever, for all eternity. And today, we want to talk about an interesting subject. We want to talk about The Monster of Materialism.

Now every person learns about monsters early on in life. When you're a little kid, no doubt, you've seen some show, whether it's a cartoon or a movie, and it had some kind of a scary monster in it. And so we learn about monsters, and we know about the danger associated with monsters.

You know, there was a place, a fictitious place, that was designed to be such a fun place, but it turned out to be not so fun because of a monster. It was called Jurassic Park. And in it was a T-Rex monster chasing people. And I love Jeff Goldblum and his dry sense of humor. But when we talk about this thing called materialism, materialism is a lot like that T-Rex in Jurassic Park. It is coming after you and coming after me. And the difference is we don't see it like they saw it. We don't know that there's a monster out there called materialism that is stalking us and chasing us and wants to devour us, wants to eat us alive.

And maybe you're here and you're thinking, Well, what is materialism, really? Well, the dictionary defines materialism this way: It is a preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations over and above spiritual values. That's materialism. When you focus on material objects and comforts and considerations, and those become more important than spiritual values. Those become more important than the things of God.

Now in Hebrews chapter 13 the Lord is very clear in His Word. Hebrews 13, verse 5, the Lord says, "Let your character..." The real you, your reputation is what other people think about you. Your character is who you really are. "Let your char ...

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