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  • Give, Save, Live (Week 3)

    Give, Save, Live
     (Week 3)

    November 19: God The Spirit Lives

                   

    God is in the joy-giving business. He is not a money-hungry owner that denies his money managers any personal pleasure. Instead, God created a beautiful world and gave us money to enjoy it. Some imply you should feel guilty for any personal spending (as if owning a TV was a mortal sin when so many people in the world are starving). But if we have given first and saved second, we do not need to feel guilt in living off the rest, to enjoying the places God created, the food God grew, the technology God allowed us to develop. He gives these things for our pleasure! So, be generous first and enjoy the rest to his glory.

  • Give, Save, Live (Week 2)

    Give, Save, Live
     (Week 2)

    November 12: God The Son Saves

                   

    The Proverbs picture a wise person as one who doesn’t squander every last dollar like a prodigal child. They leave an inheritance for their children’s children. Yet Americans have nothing left to save. The vast majority, despite the shocking wealth of our time, are living in debt. Why? Because we are trying to save ourselves from boredom (new toys), from being average (new clothes, bigger homes), from sadness (vacations and upgraded phones). Yet, the short-term pleasure doesn’t last long and we end up needing to be saved. But God saves. Jesus’ atoning work saves us from being separated from God. In his presence we find the secret of being content and are able to spend less and save more.

  • Give, Save, Live (Week 1)

    Give, Save, Live
     (Week 1)

    November 5: God The Father Gives

                   

    God so loved the world that he gave. Those famous words are the heart of our salvation, but they also show us the heart of God. He is a giver. Do you believe that? Everything we have and own and enjoy is ours because our Father in heaven is a giver. Every good and perfect gift comes from him. He knows what we need and supplies daily bread. Worry and financial fear dissolve when we see God as the perfect combination of endless resources and endless love. Only then are our hearts equipped to imitate God and become a cheerful giver.

  • Vintage: Changing Times. Changeless God. (Week 7)

    Vintage: Changing Times. Changeless God.
     (Week 7)

    (A Study on the Book of Romans)

    July 16: We Love The Holy Spirit 

                   

    What’s up with the Holy Spirit? What is it? Or who is he? And what difference does that make for me today? Romans 8 introduces us to the unchanging Holy Spirit, the one who inspires and empowers us in these changing times.

  • Spiritual (Week 3)

    Spiritual (Week 3)

    September 4:  The Spirit Produces Fruit  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    The Holy Spirit helps us to stay on the narrow road between pride and envy. Since he gave us (and them) the exact gifts he wanted to give, we can humbly serve and know we are the kind of people he wanted us to be. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

  • Spiritual (Week 2)

    Spiritual (Week 2)

    August 28:  You Are (Holy) Spiritually Gifted  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    The Holy Spirit gives us a peek into the mind of God by the Word he inspired. We don’t have to guess what’s in the mind of God because we have the words the Spirit inspired and the faith the Spirit gives. (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

  • Spiritual (Week 1)

    Spiritual (Week 1)

    August 21:  We Are Holy Spirit(ual) People  
    Notes / Podcast / Video

    The Holy Spirit turns us from man-made idols to the true spiritual religion of Jesus. By his power, we are converted and call Jesus our Lord and our Savior. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)