by Ernest Easley

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Where Freedom Begins
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Malachi 3.6-12
January 30, 2005

For the last three weeks from the Word of God .. we've been discovering GOD'S WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM. I was in a home this past Monday night visiting a family that have been worshipping with us and I wanted to go make sure they knew Jesus. Well .. it didn't take me long to realize that I was in a home of a Christian family.
I asked them, "So, was Sunday your first time to worship with us?" The husband said, "No. In fact .. it was our third Sunday to worship at Roswell Street." I'm thinking, "That's exactly how many Sundays I've been preaching on possessions and money." I smiled and said, "I want you to know that money is not the only thing I preach about."
He then smiled and said, "That's O.K. with us, we've enjoyed every one of them and have been coming back for Sunday night worship." I thought, "They would sure make some mighty fine church members" .. and they would.
By the way .. I read this week that a recent study revealed that "giving is an important criteria of mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill!"
Yes .. I have been preaching this month about money and possessions and do you know why? For the sake of your mental health and the mental health of those sitting around you! That's why! Because I want the very best for you! I wouldn't be your friend unless I told you what God says about your possessions and money. I want you to experience God's best and God's blessing and I know that until you understand God's way to financial freedom .. that you're going to remain in financial bondage.
But let me tell you another reason I've been preaching on money this month: for the sake of building the Kingdom of God! God uses our faith and finances as a mighty force in building His Kingdom! And for RSBC to become maximized for the Kingdom .. we have to grow in our giving.
That's why I'm asking our new memb ...

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