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Thank-you for joining us for our service this morning.
Please enjoy the service and follow along in the scriptures using the links below.
Scripture for today's sermon:
Psalm 24:1; 1Timothy 6:6-7; Deuteronomy 8:17-18; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 16:10-13; Matthew 6:19-21; Galatians 6:6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:13-14; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Quotes from today's sermon:
"I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I placed in God's hands, that I still possess."
"Tithes are required as a matter of debt, and he who has been unwilling to give them has been guilty of robbery. Whosoever, therefore, desires to secure a reward for himself, let him render tithes, and out of the nine parts let him seek to give alms."
"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them."
"The issue of money and lifestyle is not a side issue in the Bible. The credibility of Christ in the world hangs on it." (John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life, 109)
"Show me your chequebook, your VISA statement, and your receipts, and I'll show you were your heart is." (Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle, 2001, 44)
"He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he's moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain." (The Treasure Principle, 2001, 45)
"God's money has a higher purpose than my affluence. Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. Giving affirms Christ's lordship. It dethrones me and exalts Him. It breaks the chains of mammon that would enslave me." (The Treasure Principle, 2001, 59)
"When people tell me they can't afford to tithe, I ask them, "If your income was reduced by 10 percent would you die?" They say, "No." And I say, "Then you've admitted that you can afford to tithe. It's just that you don't want to." (The Treasure Principle, 2001, 67)
"If you cannot trust God for temporals, how dare you trust Him for spirituals? Can you trust Him for your soul's redemption, and not rely upon Him for a few lesser mercies?" (Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, 336)
"The man of pseudo faith will fight for his verbal creed but refuse flatly to allow himself to get into a predicament where his future must depend upon that creed being true. He always provides himself with secondary ways of escape so he will have a way out if the roof caves in. What we need very badly these days is a company of Christians who are prepared to trust God as completely now as they know they must do at the last day."