Jesus loves you! This is a true, simple and potentially life-changing statement. Once we accept what that three-word sentence actually means, it can become a steering mechanism for everyday of our lives, pointing us to righteousness, godliness and self-sacrifice. Jesus loves you. Pointed and refreshing, but what does it really mean? Does Jesus’ love for us guide us in our everyday experiences? Yes! Does his love for us mean that he wants the best for us? Of course! Okay, so if he wants the best for us does that refer to comfort and abundance in our lives? Does Jesus’ love for us bring us to better living conditions, more financial stability, a much better present and a brighter future? The answers to these questions will vary wildly depending on whose brand of Christianity you look at and this just confuses the matter. Instead of asking different Christians about the role of comfort and abundance in a Christian’s life, let’s find the answer from Jesus’ own teachings and the Apostle’s own words.
The Ten Commandments are iconic. They represent a distilled view of what God wants the human race to follow after in daily life. They are concise, firm and explicit. Someone once said that God gave them as the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions. The last of these Commandments is the command to not covet. So, how do we here in the 21st century understand what this really means? After all, isn’t most of our life these days built around the idea of ME, what I want and why I should have it? How does this idea of NOT coveting even stand a chance in our day?
God blessed Isaac and he became a wealthy man. God through Elisha blessed the woman whose husband died with enough to pay her debts and then some. God told Malachi to test His grace by bringing in the tithes so that God could open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing. God is giving his people blessing and abundance! God seems to like giving them abundance! So, what’s wrong with us? Why aren’t we wealthy children of God? Why haven’t we been made rich like Isaac? What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty! Stay with us for some biblical balancing…
This past week, the Powerball jackpot was up around $500 million! To many it represents a dream of a care-free life full of travel, leisure and luxury. For some Christians, the mere fact of their Christianity represents the same, as the Prosperity Gospel preaches that God does absolutely want you to live the good life – to live with ease and comfort – after all, God WANTS to bless you! So, is the Gospel really our ticket to wealth? Does sowing the seeds of tithes and offerings reap a harvest of financial freedom? Stay with us!
Lots of people buy lottery tickets, in hopes of striking it rich, in hopes of ending their financial worries for the rest of their days. So, here are some questions: Is the Gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ - synonymous with buying lottery tickets? Is one of the purposes of the Gospel to bless you by sending financial wealth your way? Should money be one of the centerpieces? Some believe so and others say absolutely not! Stay with us as we discuss money, the Gospel and you!
Christians always talk about following after Jesus, following in his footsteps. What does that mean? Are we supposed to abandon every earthly possession and every earthly ambition to follow him? After all, isn’t that what he did? Are we supposed to sacrifice all of our human will all of the time? Is the idea of Christian sacrifice a requirement for all Christians to follow through on in order to fulfill our calling? Stay with us as we look into this not too often discussed part of the Christian life to try and understand just how it is supposed to work.
Money – the Apostle Paul says the love of it is the root of all evil, yet we cannot survive without money. Furthermore, we cannot spread the good news of the Gospel without money. So what do we do about it? What are the responsibilities of the true church towards money? Should there be formal tithes collected or should such giving be left to the discretion of each who gives? Does the individual Christian have a monthly bill that he or she owes to God? How much giving is enough? Stay with us as we look into one of those subjects that everyone has an opinion on – $$$$money$$$$ – where does it fit in relation to the Gospel?
What’s this? A parable about Jesus giving us money? What is that, you say? TWO parables about Jesus giving us money? Hmmm, how MUCH money? So, what are we supposed to do with this money? Hold up – hold on – hold the phone! That is NOT what these parables are about...not even close! They ARE about something of value and they ARE about investing. The something of value is our lives being invested in the service of Christ. So, if you are a Christian and you want to get a clear picture of what this life of yours is supposed to be about, then this program is for you. If you are NOT a Christian, then this program is for you as it will (hopefully) give you perspective on what a Christian life is supposed to look like. In any case, stick around as we discuss what it means to create value through the life of a Christian.
Money, money, money! We live in a world that requires it, we work in an environment that compensates us with it and we live in a society that constantly pushes us to have more of it. Money, in many ways it drives our world – the question is, should it drive our religious world? On this program we look at the biblical practice of tithing – the act of giving one tenth of your increase and see if we can determine what governs this act, who does the giving and who is on the receiving end. Churches need money to survive. The question; is tithing the proper scriptural way to bring that money in?