Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Who’s Your Team? Part 4
I like to win – you could say I’m a little bit competitive
Doesn’t matter what the event/activity – board games, brushing teeth
So competitive, I’ll compete at being bad at something – someone says to me “I can’t draw,” my response is “Oh, you want to see someone who can’t draw? I promise I’m much worse than you.”
Where are you winning in your life right now and where are you losing?
Are you winning the fight for your marriage? Your kids? Your neighbors? Are you winning with your money (to steal a Dave Ramsey line)?
Life can feel so often like an uphill battle – the moments we feel as though we’re winning are few and far between
But here’s the good news…
- Lead-up – God is working things out, despite present hardship or suffering, God is at work redeeming all of creation
- V. 35 – what’s going to separate us from a God who wants to be with us – anger, pride, aggression, bad decisions, pain, anxiety??? None of that
- V. 36 – bad stuff happens, doesn’t change the answer in v. 37
- IN ALL THESE THINGS, WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS
- the only way we win is with Jesus who loved us more than we will ever understand
- with Jesus, we win and we win big – more than conquerors
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Who’s Your Team?, Part 3
Maximizing Your Investment
College Football Tickets - $150
Parking - $20
Gas to and from game - $60
Tailgating - $45
Hotel room - $150
Game Day Apparel - $40
Big Foam Finger - $5
Spending Saturday with 85,000 of your closest friends – priceless
A few caveats:
Money talk is always a little uncomfortable b/c it’s personal
Too often the church has done a poor job of talking about money b/c we only talk about the 10% we want you to give to the church and we don’t talk about the 100% God has entrusted us with and biblical financial management of that money
To make it worse, we didn’t learn it in home economics either – we learned to sew a pillow and make no-bake cookies, but skipped the “home economy” part
So, most of what we’ve learned has come from the credit card companies who spend millions and millions every year talking us into spending more than we have
This message - Not talking about what we give to God, but what we do with what God gives to us.
Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30
- Jesus has just finished telling a story about the kingdom of God, which he ends by telling his disciples to “stay alert,” because no one knows when he is coming back
- Notice first off that the master entrusted his money with his servants, the money never belonged to them
- A talent was a large unit of money, one talent worth about 20 years of work from your average person
- They didn’t all start with the same amount of money – fair? No. reality? Yes.
- If this were a modern parable, there would have been a fourth guy who spent all of his talents, borrowed more from someone else and when the master came back, he was actually at -6
What we do with our money has eternal significance - do we sit on the incredible gifts God entrusts to us or do we use them for His glory?
- 70% of Americans haven’t kept what God has given them – we blow it and then we finance 30% more, as a result, we’re broke
- Average American family spends between $500-$1500/month on debt payment, excluding our house payment
- Average family can get debt free in 18-36 months
Challenge/Place to Start: Take out a blank piece of paper and open your bank account on the computer – make a list of all the things you spend money on and then rank those things in order of where you spend the most – talk about it with your family, have an honest conversation including your teenagers about how you spend money
If you are part of Ashley Ridge Church, sign-up for a small group today. In the coming months, our small groups will all have opportunities to go through a 6-week study called "I Was Broke. Now I'm Not" by Joe Sangl that will provide practical steps to becoming debt-free and investing wisely.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
So easy to zero in on the things that excite us, the things that get our passion running high –
Can you just imagine if we were as excited about Jesus as we are about football?
Thousands of people crowded into stadiums every weekend, faces painted, signs made – so eager to get in that they show up early and cook out in the parking lot, making friends with the people parked next to them b/c even if they’ve never met, they have this one, amazing thing in common.
Not just football…basketball, rock concerts, etc.
Are we that excited about Jesus, or do we come here when we don’t have anything better to do?
Revelation 3:14-22, Church in Laodicea:
Water source was about 6 miles out of town, so when it came through the pipes into their town, it was tepid
Hence, the metaphor resonated with them that they were not to be lukewarm, better to be cold than lukewarm. Jesus wants us to be hot, passionate, on fire.
Jesus doesn’t need lukewarm, he needs boiling hot, passionate, on-fire people who are ready to live a radical, sold-out life to him
The issue is not feeling guilty about loving college football or basketball, or playing golf or doing any of the things we love – it’s about what has captured your heart, or better said, it’s about WHO has captured your heart.
Where are you going to place your passion? What are you going to get so excited about that you’re willing to look foolish for the sake of it?