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Raising the God Tax 
Sunday, October 19, 2008, 08:00 AM - Podcast
Matthew 22:15-22


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Mirror in My Wallet 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 11:25 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
Talking with church leaders from around the Presbytery (a district of several dozen Presbyterian churches) at church dinner about Stewardship, I found out that one church still continues the ancient practice of publishing in their Annual Report the names of every household in their church and the amount they had given that year in support of the church's ministry and mission.

I served a church in Pennsylvania that had old records that showed this information around the turn of the century (eighteen to nineteen, not the last turn!) but I didn't know it was still practiced in 2008!

What if we not only published the tithes and offerings amount but all the amounts given and spent throughout the year. What would that revealed about our priorities? What if we knew that this accounting would be sent to our family, friends, and neighbors?

I'm not saying it should be done, just if it was, how would that change our behavior? Would we tip more? Would we make sure our church offering exceeded the dinner bill? Maybe we would cut down on the amount we spent for specialty coffee! (Guilty!)

When you reach for your wallet in your pocket or purse today, try to look at yourself in its reflection.


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does. -- James 1:22-25 (NIV)



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Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow 
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 08:00 AM - Podcast
Philippians 4:1-9

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Think About These Things 
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 07:11 AM - Sermon
A podcast in mp3 format of my sermon "Think About These Things" is available. Included is my suggestions of how to be happy.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Philippians 4:8 NIV


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What Matters 
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 11:19 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
A friend of extraChristy was promoting this humble email at breakfast. "You should get extraChristy; what's your email again?" Between them they tried to piece it together.

Suspicious, I butted in and asked our recruit, "Do you use your email?"

"No."

He went on to explain how months go by without him checking email. He had an email address. He just didn't read or write any messages. (Some days, when I look at my unread messages, I think he is wiser than me in that way.)

Some folks are like that about their faith. With effort, they can recite their church's address but rarely go there. The question of how does having that membership affect your daily life is what really matters.

Whether or not you use email is not of eternal importance. Whether or not your life sends a message of your faith...that matters.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. -- James 2:14-17 (NIV)





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