by Ernest Easley

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The Peril of Possessions
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Timothy 6.6-19
January 23, 2005

We are learning on these Sunday mornings in January ... from the Word of God about GOD'S WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM! I read about church member complaining to their pastor because he had been preaching for several weeks about money.
"Pastor, all this talk about giving is going to kill our church." The Pastor replied, "You take me to a church that died by giving and I'll leap on its grave and shout to the Lord, 'blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.'"
Don't worry! We're not going to kill the church by talking about giving because a church that loves Jesus is really all about giving! Amen?
Keep in mind that God says more to us about money and possessions that he does about faith and prayer combined .. and do you know why? Because your possessions say so much about you! Your possessions and how you manage the money that's available to you reveals what's on the inside .. what really matters to you .. your priorities and passion!
That's what we learned from Matthew 6 talking about Winning Investments. Jesus said, "where our treasure is, there our heart will be also."
That following week a man came up to me said, "Pastor, you said that it my calendar and checkbook would reveal what was really important to me. So, in reviewing my check stubs from 2004 .. I'm going to make some adjustments in my investing in 2005. I'm a tither, but I can do so much more because I love the Lord and his church."
And then last week from 2 Corinthians 9 we learned about putting joy in our giving. The joy is found when you finally put into practice the principle of sowing and reaping. That you give in order to get in order to give. Not giving in order to get in order to keep!
And with that principle in mind .. we talked about how on Sunday, February 6th, those new to our church will be making a 3 year pledge to JIF and giving a "first fr ...

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