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Friday — Payday…What Does it Mean to You?
Big Point: Paying attention to your lifetime investments includes more than just reviewing your 401k statements. We’re commanded to love others, and we’re instructed to do this by investing our money, our gifts and our time into them.
Bob Buford’s Formula for Living A Life of Significance:
• Stop chasing the emptiness of worldly SUCCESS…
• SURRENDER yourself and all you have to God…
• Experience SIGNIFICANCE, by serving others with your gifts.
Making a difference in the world is where you actively decide to invest in something other than yourself. There are lots of ways to make an investment—such as time, skills (talents) and money. Each of those are precious commodities that can be leveraged in significant ways…if we are willing to make such an investment.
Last weekend you saw a video about Phil Brondes—a Christ-follower who, long ago, decided to invest in the kingdom of God. Phil is not a pastor (and he isn’t even a regular attendee at CedarCreek), but he does believe in investing in local churches, like ours, who are reaching people for Christ. “I’m in business so I have a method to give back…I can’t tell you how many people that I never thought would step foot into CedarCreek or anything other church—I think that what CedarCreek is doing is exciting.”
READ…What does the Bible say?
Matthew 6:19-21 (New Living Translation)
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
1 Peter 4:10 (New Living Translation)
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
LIVE…What will you do now?
Friday is generally associated with payday. When we receive our wages for the work that we’ve done, we usually begin spending it on things important to us. The money that we spend reflects what we believe to be important. Take a look at your bank account. How do you feel about where you’ve spent your money over the past week?
An investment is “anything worth contributing to now, that might be profitable in the future.” What are you investing in these days?
How are you investing in making a difference for the kingdom of God? What is your motivation; AND, what do you hope happens as a result of your investment?
THE FINAL EXAM… Are you prepared?
At some point we will all “meet our Maker.” Bob Buford suggests that, in anticipation of that day, we all be prepared to answer the following 2 questions:
1. Most importantly, what did you do about Jesus—did you accept or reject him?
2. Then, what did you do with the time, treasure and talents you were given— that God prepared for you long ago (not Billy Graham or Mother Theresa—YOU!)?
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Homepointe Family Activity
Big Point: God created you and has a plan for your life!
Read: Ephesians 2:10 and Jeremiah 29:11.
Activity: Share the following (You need a patchwork quilt and some fabric scraps):
I would like to show you this quilt. Isn’t it beautiful? Just look at all of the beautiful colors and interesting designs. It wasn’t always that way. At one time these were just a bunch of useless bits and pieces of material. Then someone, a master quilt maker, took those bits and pieces of material and put together this beautiful quilt. Now they are not only beautiful, but useful as well.
When I saw this beautiful quilt, I decided we should try to make a quilt like this one. I brought a lot of scraps of material. Now, I will need your help in making this quilt. I am going to count to three. As soon as I say, “Three,” I want all of you to yell, “Bang!” When you say, “Bang,” we will throw all of these scraps of material up in the air and when they come down, they will make a beautiful quilt.
Okay are you ready? “One, two, three!” (Throw all the pieces of fabric up into the air.) Hey, it didn’t work! How many of you thought it would work? How many of you thought that was one of the dumbest ideas you have ever heard? Well, I agree. It is foolish to think that I could throw these pieces of cloth up in the air and that they would fall down and make a quilt.
Lesson: I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe you and I are here by accident either. I believe this world and everything in it was created by God and that God had a plan and a purpose for everything. The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 , “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The Bible also tells us in Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Just its maker had a plan when creating this quilt, God has a plan for your life. He is the Master Designer. All you have to do is just give your life to Him and He will take all the bits and piece of your life and make them into something beautiful and useful.
Pray: Thank God for creating you with a purpose, and ask Him to take the bits and pieces of your life and make them it into something beautiful. Then ask Him to help you discover and do the good works you were created for!
Living It Out: Scripture Memory August 2011
Ephesians 2:9-10 (New Living Translation)
Salvation is not a reward for the good things
we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.
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Daily Bible Reading Commentary: Leviticus 25-27
25:1-55 Proper care for the Lord’s property is prescribed for the sabbatical year and the Jubilee year. This involves revitalization of the land. The seventh year of rest would invigorate and replenish the nutrients in the soil. Whatever grew naturally was free to all for the taking.
26:1-26 The covenant blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience are elaborated. A provision for repentance is also offered.
27:1-34 Standard legislation is given for persons, animals, houses and lands.
27:30-32 “tithe…” This general tithe was given to the Levites. This is the only mention of tithe or ten percent in Leviticus. However, along with this offering, there were two other Old Testament tithes which totaled about twenty-three percent annually. The other two tithes mentioned are in Deuteronomy 14:22, 28,-29.