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The Treasure Principle - Matthew 6:19-34

This is the second sermon in a two-part miniseries on God and our money. We’re doing this because we’re praying that God will help us pay off the remainder of the Legacy Campaign debt by Thanksgiving. Our greater goal is to get free of debt so we can move forward with our dream of becoming a multi-site church in 2006. Last week I shared two key principles that apply to both of these sermons:It’s not about money More

Overcoming Materialism - I Timothy 6:17-19

If you are rich, this sermon is for you.There aren’t many sermons directed at rich people, but this one is. My text is a word from the Apostle Paul to the rich Christians in the church at Ephesus. The first phrase of verse 17 makes it very clear: “Command those who are rich in this present world.” There are certain obvious implications of this statement that we should think about. First, some people will be richer t More

"They Gave Themselves First to the Lord" Why Giving Begins with the Heart, Not the Pocketbook - II Corinthians 8:1-5

Last night some Moody students came over to our house for some pizza and to watch a football game. One of them asked what I planned to preach on today. When I told him, he said, “Too bad.” Then, “Too bad you have to preach about money.” I laughed and said it didn’t bother me at all. This morning a friend said, “I know this series is hard for you to preach.” “It’s not hard for me t More

Fear Factor - Acts 20:35

For the past few months I’ve been preaching a series of sermons from I Peter. We’re taking a break from that series for the next two weeks so we can focus on Christian giving. That fact is noteworthy for two reasons:1) We rarely take time to address the issue of giving from the pulpit. I last talked about it in an extended fashion in September 2003. You’d have to go back quite a few years to find the time before tha More

Fresh Graves in the Churchyard - Acts 5:1-11

You can’t fool God so don’t even try. More

Thanksgiving 365 - Proverbs 15:16-17

I am writing these words the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday Marlene and I traveled to Oxford, Mississippi to spend time with my brother Andy, his wife Betty, and their daughter Megan. My brother Alan and his wife Donna brought a fried turkey. Marlene had prepared several dishes for the grand celebration. We spent time eating, laughing, telling stories, eating some more, and some of us watched football. When we got home in the eve More

The Curse of Moderate Christianity - Revelation 3:14-22

How do you become lukewarm? Just do nothing, and that’s what you will become. More

The Undivided Heart - Psalm 86:11

Until you admit you need God’s help, you will be stuck exactly where you are. More

The Miserable Millionaire: Christ Speak to the Problem of Misplaced Priorities - Matthew 19:16-26

It has been almost ten years since I last preached on the story of the Rich Young Ruler. That fact wouldn’t matter except that in 1991 I started my sermon with the story of a man named Lee Atwater. In the estimation of many people, he was the man most responsible for electing George Bush president in 1988. Back then he was 39 years old and on top of the world. Then out of nowhere he developed a massive brain tumor. He was treat More

Daily Bread Living - Matthew 6:11

When you pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” you confess that God is the sources of every blessing. Daily bread living means taking life one day at a time, being confident that God will take care of your needs day by day by day. More

Love Means Telling the Truth - 2 Corinthians 7:8-13

God intends for the church to become a body of committed, loving truth-tellers. Easy to say, hard to do. More

Church of the Living Dead - Revelation 3:1-6

The Sardis spirit overtakes us whenever we begin to take God’s gifts for granted. How quickly we can become the Church of the Living Dead and not even know it. More


Today we are beginning a three-week sermon series around the general theme—Investing in the Kingdom. The series begins today, continues next week and climaxes on Sunday, November 18. I am preaching these sermons for one simple reason. In just a few days you will be asked to approve the largest budget in the history of this church. The numbers in some ways are staggering and overwhelming. Only a church with great faith in G More

The Great Refusal - Hebrews 11:24-28

Because Moses said no to the riches of Egypt, he suffered greatly with the people of God. He shows us what it means—and what it costs—to say no to the world and yes to Jesus. More

Who Owns Your Life? - Mark 8:34-38

My subject today—and for the next two Sundays—is money. Contrary to popular belief, most preachers don’t enjoy talking about money. No matter how hard you try, someone is almost certain to misunderstand what you are saying. What I say and what you hear are not the same thing. Sometimes that doesn’t matter. When you talk about money, it matters a great deal. Most of us are of two minds about money. We&rs More

The 53rd Sunday - 1 Chronicles 28-29

This morning I am interrupting my series in 1 Thessalonians to preach two sermons on the subject of Christian giving. If you’re here as a visitor, please understand that we don’t always talk about money on Sunday morning. In fact, we rarely talk about money, but from time to time the subject comes up. I do realize there is always a danger people will misunderstand my motive. Surveys tell us that the number one compla More

Don't Bet On It: Gambling And The Christian Faith

"Gambling is inevitable.” So began the introduction to the final report of the Commission on the Review of National Policy Toward Gambling. “No matter what is said or done by advocates or opponents of gambling in all its various forms, it is an activity which is practiced, or endorsed, by a substantial majority of Americans.”No doubt that statement is true. Most Americans like to gamble now and again, and most of th More

The First National Bank of Heaven - Matthew 6:19-21

The results are in and the voters have spoken. Last night Edwin Edwards swamped David Duke in the governor’s race down in Louisiana. That is not a great surprise, given the avalanche of negative publicity against David Duke in the last few days. Perhaps the margin of victory was something of a surprise. Edwin Edwards got a little over 60% while David Duke received something less than 40%. Part of the excitement in this race More

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Thrift


What Was That I Never Heard You Say? - James 1:19

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the woman who went to see a lawyer about getting a divorce. The lawyer decided it would be helpful if he could get a little background so he asked the woman if she had grounds for a divorce. “Yes,” she said, “as a matter of fact, about an acre and a half.” He replied, “Perhaps I was not communicating well. Let me try again. Do you have a grudge?” The wom More

Level Three Faith and How to Get There - Hebrews 11:13-16

Every time a church enters a stewardship campaign, there is danger and there is also opportunity. The main danger is that the church will talk so much about money that people will begin to equate the whole of Christianity with money and will therefore begin to equate spirituality with how much or how little they give. The story Jesus told about the widow’s mites (Mark 12:41-44) should forever convince us that a person’s r More

How To Make Your Money Go a Long, Long Way - II Corinthians 9:12-15

The story is told of three tightwads who visited a certain church for the first time. Not wanting to give any money, they deliberately came late so they could skip the offering. They were shocked to discover that in this church the offering came after the sermon. Not knowing what else to do, when the offering was announced, one of them fainted and the other two carried him out.If the truth were told, that’s how many Christians More

Life on the Edge: Make the Most of Every Moment - Matthew 25:14-30

This wonderful little story is called the Parable of the Talents. Readers are drawn to it because it is simple, clear and easy to understand. And its lessons are impossible to miss. This parable tells what to do while we wait for Jesus to return. While we are waiting, we are to work for the Lord. We are not to go off to the mountains, sit in a tent, drink RC Cola, eat Moon Pies, and play Trivial Pursuit all day long. There is a warni More

What Money Can’t Buy

WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY by Ray Pritchard “A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything” (Ecclesiastes 10:19). Commentators differ on the meaning of the last phras”“money is the answer for everything.” Is this an ironic jab at those who … More

When Having It All Is Not Enough - Luke 18:18-27

Do you recognize the name Lee Atwater? If you know American politics, especially the politics of the 1980s, then you certainly know who he is. Lee Atwater is the amazing man who almost singlehandedly engineered the election of George Bush as the President of the United States in 1988. That is not simply my opinion, but is the considered judgment of both Republicans and Democrats. He was the man who made Willie Horton a household More

Living in the Fear of God - 1 Peter 1:17-21

After a six-week break, we are returning to our study of I Peter. I want to begin by reminding you that Peter wrote this letter to believers scattered across ancient Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Widely separated and facing persecution, Peter encourages them to stand fast in the grace of God in spite of their trials. He begins his letter (1:3-12) with a stirring reminder of what God has done for them. Having caused them to be born More

God’s Guarantee - 2 Corinthians 5:5

The Holy Spirit is the “first installment” of our salvation. He is God’s “deposit” in our lives, guaranteeing that God will one day finish what he has started. More

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Borrowing


What Moves Your Mountain? - Romans 12:8: I Corinthians 12:9

I’m sure you’ve heard this definition of a football game: It’s an event where 50,000 people who desperately need exercise sit in the stands watching 22 men on the field who desperately need rest. Unfortunately, that definition fits more than a football game. It also fit the typical 20th-century American church. In the average congregation, there are a host of spectators watching a handful of performers. The exp More

What Jesus Would Say to Jim Bakker - Luke 16:1-13

When the history of this turbulent decade is finally written, no doubt a large chapter will be reserved for the strange, sad story of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. It is the story of the rise and fall of one of the great religious empires of modern times. It is a story of how an obscure preacher and his wife rose to the pinnacle of success. It is the story of how their empire crumbled overnight.It has only been 31 months since we fir More

First Century Patterns For 21st-Century Churches - Various

How closely should local churches follow the patterns of the New Testament? The answer is, as closely as possible, understanding that no one is 100% consistent and that outward forms will change over time. That means we need to focus on the key functions of the church, giving freedom to differ on how those functions are expressed. More

The Christian’s Supreme Boast - Jeremiah 9:23-24

“Tell them, Pastor Ray, tell them that nothing matters except Christ. The young people need to know this before it’s too late.” So said my friend Jim Johnsen on my first visit with him in the hospital a few weeks ago. “Nothing matters except Christ.” We all know it’s true. Why does it take sickness or tragedy for us to believe it? We spend our days and weeks and years chasing the pot of gold at the end More

What Happened to Judas? The Man Who Kissed the Door of Heaven But Went to Hell - Acts 1:15-26

"Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born." Mark 14:21b“If you are not born again, the day will come when you will wish you had never been born at all." Warren WiersbePerhaps the place to begin is at the end of the story. It is now early Friday morning in Jerusalem—sometime between midnight and dawn—and the Jews are finished with Jesus. They have had their kangar More

"Everything Comes from You": The Forgotten Secret of Christian Giving - I Chronicles 29:14

When Dusty Baker became the manager of the Chicago Cubs last November, he was asked about the team’s long history of post-season futility. Upon being told that the Cubs had not won a playoff series in 94 years (now 95 years, but that streak is about to end later this week), he asked a question that Cubs fans have been asking for decades, “Why not us?” Why not us?Why not now?Why not here?If not us, then who?If not no More

Can I Trust God with My Pocketbook? - II Corinthians 9:6-11

I have a friend in California named Rick Gautreaux. Rick used to tell me about his experiences witnessing to a skeptical friend at work. It seems that this friend really has it in for churches in general and preachers in particular. Every time Rick talked to him, he always brought up the same objection—that religion is just a big money racket and that most preachers are in it just to make a quick buck. As proof, he offers the f More

Grumblers Anonymous - Matthew 20:1-16

This parable is not just teaching us about final rewards. It is also probing at the level of our motives. Why are we doing what we do? If it’s a straight reward you want, fine, you’ll get it. God will never cheat you. But that’s all you’ll get. And you’ll go to heaven grumbling all the way, always checking to see how you are doing compared with someone else - overestimating your own importance and underestimating the grace of God. Bu More

A Place to Share - Acts 4:32-37

This is the third sermon in the four-part series “A Place to Belong.” In this series we are examining the incredible dynamic that made the early church reach so many people so quickly. As I noted in the first sermon, the first Christians had none of the advantages we consider necessary today: No big buildings, no choirs, no organs, pianos or praise bands. They had no pews, no Sunday School rooms, no parking lots, and no c More

We’re Just Like Jonah - Jonah 1

When we decide to run from the Lord, Satan is happy to provide the transportation. More

Redemption: Free At Last! - Various

Of all the names that the Bible gives and of all the names that believers give to Jesus Christ, none is more precious than the name Redeemer. There are other names we use more often, such as Lord and Savior, and rightly so because those too are Bible terms, but no word touches the heart like the word redeemer. When we say Lord, we are recalling that Jesus Christ is the master over sin and death. When we say Savior, we are recalling t More

Proving God’s Faithfulness - Malachi 3:6-12

Blessings come to those who tithe and amazingly, Malachi 3:11 states that God will keep certain bad things from happening when we give Him our first fruits. When we give, we put ourselves in a position to trust God to meet all my needs. In addition, God declares in verse 12 that His plan for global evangelization will be met. Can you imagine what would happen to the cause of missions if every believer would give at least 10% to kingdom purposes? More

Trapped On a Dead-End Street - Luke 15:11-32

I begin with a very simple observation: It is possible to know God and yet be far away from him. Most Christians know what that is like. Perhaps you have had the experience of drifting away from God. You never meant it to happen. You didn’t start intending to drift away from the Lord. But somewhere along the way, you made some wrong choices and one day you woke up to find that God was far away from you.This is something t More

Zaccheus Anonymous - Luke 19:1-10

This is an appropriate text for the first Sunday after April 15. I hope you got your taxes done on time. I told you two weeks ago I was going to turn mine in and I did. I finished last Monday, the 15th, at 1:30 P.M., which beat the previous year by about 8 hours.It’s good, in light of this time of year, to read the story of a tax collector who was up a tree. This is one of those stories that our children know better than we More

The First Law of Christian Giving - Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.This week as I studied for this sermon, I made an interesting discovery. Although this saying of Jesus is very well-known, it is not often discussed. In looking through 10-15 commentaries, I generally found not more than one or two sentences devoted More

Give Them Something to Eat - Mark 6:37

When we have nothing, God gives us so much that we have plenty to share with others. More

Take Me to Your Leaders - 1 Peter 5:1-4

In early March I preached on “Are You Prepared to Suffer for Christ?” from I Peter 3:13-17. After the final service that morning, a first-time visitor came up and thanked me for my sermon. In the course of the conversation, he made an interesting comment: “You don’t seem to have a care in the world.” He didn’t seem to mean it in a negative way, more along the lines of, “You don’t seem t More

The Fourth Law: What You Seek, You Find - Matthew 6:33

In this sermon series we are looking at the Seven Laws of the Spiritual Life. These “laws” are not exactly doctrines, not exactly duties,not exactly promises and not exactly rules. Each one represents a major truth that Christians need to know. They are like pillars that hold up a large building. Here are the first three: The First Law: He’s God and We’re Not.The Second Law: God Doesn’t Need Us But We De More

Homemade Gods: A Warning Against Modern-Day Baal Worship - Acts 17:29

"Idols? You must be kidding.”“That’s what they have in Africa, right?”“Me? An idol-worshiper? What do you take me for? A pagan?”“The only thing I worship is my brand-new car.”What is an idol anyway? The dictionary offers this definition: “an image used as an object of worship.” That sounds like those pictures we’ve seen in National Geographic of squatting Buddhas surro More

To Tithe Or Not To Tithe - Various

There are certain problems a pastor faces whenever he talks about the subject of giving. Chief among those problems is the problem of boredom. People feel like they already know what he is going to say before he says it. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, that great charismatic leader, who grew weary from having to be in so many receiving lines at the White House. He felt that many times p More

God’s Promise to You - Philippians 4:13-23

With this sermon we come to the end of our series from the book of Philippians. I have mentioned several times that this book is essentially a thank-you note from the Apostle Paul to the church at Philippi. He is writing to thank them for the gift they sent when they heard he was a prisoner in Rome. The final paragraph of his letter contains a direct statement about the gift he had received from them. A careful study of his words rev More

What Is Your Isaac? - Hebrews 11:17-19

From the story of Abraham offering Isaac, we learn that God calls us to yield our dearest treasures to him. Anything good can become an idol when it becomes too important to us. What is your Isaac? Are you willing to lay it down for Jesus’ sake? More

Tithing and an Agnostic Wife

My wife and I married and were not very diligent Christians. 16 years later, my wife is pretty much an agnostic and my Christian life has become dynamic and stronger than ever. What should I do if I want to tithe our income and my wife says we can’t afford to?

Missionaries and Money

Is it right for a Missionary to ask people for financial support.

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