Sunday Highlights

So after three weeks I don’t think I’m going to get a pass any week of this series.  It appears that I wrestle with all the idols thus far [sigh].

The Illusion of Money by Pete Wilson

No one thinks money is an idol in their lives.

Luke 12:13-15

Greed comes in so many different forms, in so many different ways, appealing to so many different desires that we don’t even know it’s there.

Rate yourself from 1 to 10 on the following.  1 = not true of me, 10 = very true of me:

  • The statement “There is no money in the bank” creates more anxiety in me than the statement “There is no God.”
  • Does your fear of not having enough often impede your desire to be generous?
  • You have money in the bank but no peace in your heart.
  • I often struggle with doing the right thing because I know it’s going to cost me financially.
  • I find myself saying, “If I had this much then I would be satisfied.”
  • I spend more time thinking about what I do not have than I spend thanking God for what I do have.

Greed is not only the love of money but the excessive anxiety over it.

Illusion 1: More money will give me more security.

I Timothy 6:17

Proverbs 18:11

Illusion 2: More money will give me more peace.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

There are few things in life that we worry about more than money.

Luke 12:16-21

Illusion 3: More money will make me more generous.

Statistics prove that lower income people give a higher percentage of their income away.

Matthew 6:24

To break the cycle of “get, get, get” you have to “give, give, give”.

How are you going to fight back against this idol this week?

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