by Kerry Shook

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Making Cents Of It All (2 of 2)
Series: Extreme Makeover: A Revolution For Your Resolutions
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Luke 16:11 (NIV)

Making Cents of Personalities

The Cheapskate
The Mall Maniac
The Big Spender
The Get Rich Quick Gambler
The Clueless Space Cadet

• Prov. 27:23-24 (LB)


1. Do Plastic Surgery and Get Out of Debt

• Eccl. 6:9 (GN)

2. Exercise Off the Fat With a Budget


I watched a show on television this last week that's a new reality show called "The Apprentice." Did anybody see The Apprentice? It's where 16 contestants from all walks of life come together and vie for one position. The right to be Donald Trump's assistant. Donald Trump sends them out on all these really difficult business assignments and if they fail he calls them to the boardroom at the top of Trump Tower and he gleefully fires them. Now eventually there will be one person left and they'll win the coveted job to be Donald Trump's apprentice. I thought we would have our own little apprentice game today to start off the message so this week I sent our student ministry team, our youth pastors, down to be trained by the most famous businessman in Houston. I sent them to see my friend Jim McIngvale, Mattress Mac, who owns the largest, single grossing furniture retail store in the world. They went down to Mattress Mac, this great Houston businessman, philanthropist and he taught them, at least tried to teach them, the art of the sale. Just watch our youth pastors.


Let's thank Mac for being a good sport. He couldn't do anything with them, but he tried. The Bible says that we're all apprentices in life because life is a test. Life is a test preparing us for eternity. One of the biggest tests God uses to get us ready for eternity is our finances. The Bible says God measures your spiritual maturity by how you handle money. Did you know that if you are a believer the assignments, rewards and responsibilities you'll be given in heaven will be in direct proportion to how wisely you managed your finances and your possessions here on this earth? Did you know that? That's what Jesus said. Look at it in Luke 16:11. It's our first verse. If you'll take out your outline you'll see it right at the top. In Luke 16:11 Jesus said "So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" The Bible says the way you manage money influences how much God blesses you spiritually. God says if I can't trust you with possessions and things here on this earth that aren't really that important, if I can't trust you with managing your finances wisely which isn't really that important in the long run, then how can I trust you with spiritual blessings in this life and in eternity?
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