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Love For The House (2 of 2)
Series: Our House is My Place to Give
Introduction: Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." My giving doesn't simply indicate where my heart is. It determines where my heart goes. Loving God's house with my giving is crucial.
Alfred Nobel was a Swedish chemist who made his fortune by inventing dynamite and other powerful explosives that governments bought to produce weapons. When Nobel's brother Ludwig died, a French newspaper accidentally printed Alfred's obituary instead. He was described as a man who became rich from enabling people to kill each other in unprecedented quantities. Shaken by this assessment, Nobel resolved to use his fortune to reward accomplishments that benefited humanity, including the Nobel Peace Prize. He invested nine million dollars in his attempt to edit his role in history.
At the end of the movie Schindler's List, there is a heart-wrenching scene in which Oskar Schindler, who bought the lives of many Jews from the hands of the Nazis, looks at his car and his gold pin and regrets that he didn't give more of his money and possessions to save more lives. He longed for a chance to go back and make better choices. Life is our opportunity.
I. OUR HOUSE IS A SPECIAL HOUSE
A. LOVE FOR GOD'S HOUSE
1. A house that is flourishing, growing, far-reaching, presence-filled, family, friends, laughter, tears, healing, hope, and grace. A place to give my whole heart, my all, my life. I love the magnificent house of God!
2. Our house is my house to be planted, to belong, to serve, to love, and to give my life without hesitation.
B. OUR HOUSE IS A SPECIAL HOUSE TO GIVE
1. It is my house to give my resources, my gifts, my little that makes a difference. My heart is for the house and my spirit is generous.
2. 1 Chronicles 29:3 Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above ...
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