by Dr. Ed Young


Once a year I preach about MONEY. This is the Sunday. All through my ministry I
have been a little reluctant to preach about money. I need to do it more often, be-
cause we know that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - in 2/3rds of His parables, deals
with money and material possessions. So unapologetically this morning, we will talk
about money - it makes many people nervous.

I'm beginning to get like Clovis Chappel was - he said that when he preached about
money he always enjoyed it because the generous people smiled and had a good time
and he said, "I just like to watch those selfish doods squirm in the pew."

In order for everybody to relax, we are going to pledge this morning in this service.
Under your pews are pledge cards. You don't have to look - they are there. On the
end of the pews are pencils that will be handed out - you don't have to look - they
will be there. So now, let's move through our service in a spirit of prayer, in a
spirit of expectation - as to what God is going to say to us and how we individually,
and collectively, are going to respond to His challenge for this fellowship at this
juncture in our history.

I'm going to read a passage of scripture that we've heard quoted several times during
our magnificient season of tithing testimonies. I'm going to read first of all in
Malachi 3:7-10; then I'm going to move over and read our text of the morning, which is
found in Matthew 6:19-21.

There is a traditional story that a sailor was shipwrecked on a South Sea island. He
was captured by some natives and they held him above their heads and took him to their
village; and to his amazement and surprise, they placed him on top of a rude throne.

And they put a crown on his head. Suddenly, even though t ...

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