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March 19, 2018

Ep.1013: Are Your Treasures Really Worth Treasuring?

Learning to identify and cherish things of true lasting value

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CHAPTERS

[00:18:12]
What about when our treasure seems out of reach?


[00:36:58]
Aren't treasures good if the are as a result of hard work?


[00:54:50]
What about treasuring those things we simply need?


[01:11:56]
How can we refocus?


Theme Scripture: Luke 12:34

Think about your life for a moment. Think about those things, people, places, experiences and memories that are most precious to you. The few thoughts that top this list are in all likelihood some of your greatest treasures. Now, think again about your life for another moment. Think about the things, people, places, experiences and memories that you obsess about – the images that you replay again and again in your mind that go ‘round and ‘round on that insatiable loop of conditioned and driven brain activity. The obsessions that top this list are in all likelihood your treasures as well. Kinda disturbing, isn’t it. So, what do we do about it? How do we learn to isolate and diminish those things which we cherish but hurt us? How do we instead focus on and appreciate those items that bring true honor, blessing and joy?

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So, what makes something a treasure? The most valued things in life have three basic characteristics: First they are in some way attractive. They draw our attention because of how they look or feel or sound, or because of what they do or how they make us feel. The second feature of our treasures is that they represent personal value. They mean something special or are worth something of personal significance. They fill a void, create a distraction, stimulate a thought or stir a memory. Lastly they represent a measurement of wealth. They command time or attention or space or concern.

What is most valuable to us, by definition, also holds power over our lives. We build our thinking, our emotions, our physical space and our time around that which we deem valuable. You might be thinking, “I hate my job, but I have to spend half of all my waking time there!” The very next question might be, where do your thoughts wander to during your job? What do you do after your job? Our truest fortunes are found in the places our minds gravitate to. For many of us this might be depressing, as it is easy to find ourselves lost in compromising and even unhealthy mental mazes. As uncomfortable as this might be to acknowledge, it is a necessary exercise if we are to honestly audit our personal treasures to see their true value.

Many agree that the most precious thing in life is time. If our treasures can either enhance or detract from using our time, we should know that. It would make sense to invest a measured amount of it into knowing what is valuable and what is not. Check out our March 19, 2018 podcast, “Are Your Treasures Really Worth Treasuring?” and start the process. Learn the differences between things we deem valuable that we obsess over and cherished things passionately protected. Gain perspective on how personal achievements can be a sought for gold medal or can end up as fool’s gold for the trash heap. Finally, observe how the little cherished aspects of daily life can end up being the most valued possessions of our lives.

 

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Ep.1203: Why Aren’t My Prayers Being Answered?

Uncovering the dynamics of what makes a prayer work or fail

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CHAPTERS

[00:11:25]
Can our prayers really change the lives of others?


[00:32:09]
How can we get our prayers heard?


[00:48:45]
What kinds of prayers are inappropriate?


Theme Scripture: James 5:16

We always say that prayer changes things - and it does. Jesus was emphatic about this and even gave us an example of how to pray in what is known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” With prayer, as with so many parts of Christian doctrine, the core value of what the Bible teaches easily gets lost in the interpretive value of our own human perspective. Because of the imperfect human part of the equation we create many questions. What about those circumstances where someone prays for what they need, and they simply don’t get it? Is the problem that God is not listening or that He doesn’t want them to have what they need? Is the problem that this person not praying appropriately? How does this lifeline to God really work?

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Who gets such direct access to God?

The first question to address has to do with accessibility. Does anyone have the ability to communicate with God at any time they desire? Should it be a general human expectation to be able to ask God for what we feel we need or for what we want? If this entitlement were true, then we would have several apparent conclusions to recognize. Our observation is that the overwhelming majority of us see their prayers as unanswered. This would then mean that God either does not hear all that well or He is completely uncaring. A quick look at the Bible confirms that neither of these conclusions is true.

There are many scriptures that describe God as “with the contrite and lowly of spirit” (Isaiah 57:15) or “hearing the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). These texts are teaching us that God is a willing listener but only in some circumstances. Righteousness and humility always come to the top of the list when understanding who God will respond to. Whenever righteousness is a qualification for anything in Scripture, we know it specifically means being right before God. While our own good standing in our worldly environment is good, it lacks the godly reverence needed for God to hear us.

Who really benefits?

What about those whose prayers God does hear? Do their petitions really make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others? This is a hard question to answer. The Bible does give us many examples of those who bring matters to God seeking His intervention. These examples do indicate that God is listening and responding. So if that is the case, then exactly how does this work? If our petitions to God do bring results and changes to those we are praying about, does that mean if we don’t ask then God won’t help them?

Check out our November 8, 2021 podcast, “Why Aren’t My Prayers Being Answered?” for more. We dig into what the whole communicating-with-God equation is built upon and look into how the Bible says it works. This is a fascinating journey into an important, very popular and yet sorely misunderstood subject. Understanding prayer and following its scriptural guidelines is a life changer! Don’t miss it!

 

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Ep.1134: What Did Jesus Teach Us About Money?

The uses, abuses, cautions and opportunities that money brings us

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If we are spiritually focused, should we be paying taxes to earthly governments?


[00:29:39]
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[00:47:47]
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[01:04:24]
How should our experiences with money impact our walk with Jesus?


Theme Scripture: Luke 12:15

Everybody needs money. Like it or not, it is one of the driving forces that contribute to a successful life. As Christians, we all know we need to be aware of how we handle our money. We also look to Jesus for the core values of our entire lives, so observing what he said about it is big. It has been said that 40 percent of Jesus’ parables had to do with money. While Jesus DID talk about it regularly, he wasn’t necessarily teaching about it more than anything else. Consider that in all of Jesus’ recorded experiences and teachings, we have NO example of Jesus ever having money or even touching it!

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So, why would we want to learn about it from someone who never had any? Because he is Jesus! And because he holds the keys to eternal riches.  He demonstrated exactly how it should be used and how to avoid becoming its slave!

Was Jesus Anti-Money?

At first glance, it could be easy to conclude that Jesus was an anti-money teacher. In Matthew 6:19 he emphatically taught us to not store up treasures on earth. He said such treasures were subject to being physically corrupted and spoiled. His point was that earthly treasure cannot hold its value in comparison to heavenly treasure.  For a Christian, this should be a “mic drop” moment of reasoning. We simply cannot argue with this comparison. Does this mean Jesus was against money? Does it mean he was against saving for the future? Was he against owning property and having possessions?

No on all counts.

Regarding money and treasures, Jesus was teaching us to be heavenly focused while being earthly responsible. What does that mean? Let’s take the example of paying taxes, something we are all faced with. Because Jesus was the son of God and because his kingdom was not of this earth, he was a traveling preacher. Once his ministry began, he didn’t earn a living.  Instead, he spent all of his time teaching and healing. When approached about paying the Temple tax to support the Jewish faith, he paid it. When asked about paying taxes to Rome, his simple answer was to give to Caesar what is his and give to God what is His. Jesus was showing us how to be heavenly focused while being earthly responsible.

Consistent on the Money Message

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus continued his teaching about handling earthly money and treasures by laying out seven points of reference with which to build our approach. Check out our July 13, 2020 podcast, “What Did Jesus Teach Us About Money?” for more. We uncover these points of reference as we review several of Jesus other teachings regarding money.  What we find is a remarkable consistency in his message. Jesus not only taught us much about fiscal responsibility, he also taught us powerful lessons regarding generosity and charity. Listen in and find out how to apply his ageless principles from the original source for Christian money management!

 

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Ep.1013: Are Your Treasures Really Worth Treasuring?

Learning to identify and cherish things of true lasting value

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[00:18:12]
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[00:36:58]
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[00:54:50]
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Theme Scripture: Luke 12:34

Think about your life for a moment. Think about those things, people, places, experiences and memories that are most precious to you. The few thoughts that top this list are in all likelihood some of your greatest treasures. Now, think again about your life for another moment. Think about the things, people, places, experiences and memories that you obsess about – the images that you replay again and again in your mind that go ‘round and ‘round on that insatiable loop of conditioned and driven brain activity. The obsessions that top this list are in all likelihood your treasures as well. Kinda disturbing, isn’t it. So, what do we do about it? How do we learn to isolate and diminish those things which we cherish but hurt us? How do we instead focus on and appreciate those items that bring true honor, blessing and joy?

Continue Reading

So, what makes something a treasure? The most valued things in life have three basic characteristics: First they are in some way attractive. They draw our attention because of how they look or feel or sound, or because of what they do or how they make us feel. The second feature of our treasures is that they represent personal value. They mean something special or are worth something of personal significance. They fill a void, create a distraction, stimulate a thought or stir a memory. Lastly they represent a measurement of wealth. They command time or attention or space or concern.

What is most valuable to us, by definition, also holds power over our lives. We build our thinking, our emotions, our physical space and our time around that which we deem valuable. You might be thinking, “I hate my job, but I have to spend half of all my waking time there!” The very next question might be, where do your thoughts wander to during your job? What do you do after your job? Our truest fortunes are found in the places our minds gravitate to. For many of us this might be depressing, as it is easy to find ourselves lost in compromising and even unhealthy mental mazes. As uncomfortable as this might be to acknowledge, it is a necessary exercise if we are to honestly audit our personal treasures to see their true value.

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Ep.940: Is the Price of Christianity Too High?

Defining the costs and benefits of walking in Jesus' footsteps

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[00:18:38]
What was the cup Jesus was talking about and who has to drink it?


[00:36:13]
How would you react if your fellow Christians sought the highest positions in the kingdom?


[01:13:11]
What does it mean to take up your cross?


[01:31:06]
Is it really worth it?


Theme Scripture: Matthew 20:22

What does it mean to be a Christian? Seriously, what is the real bottom line true meaning of following in the footsteps of Jesus? Is being a Christian like an entitlement program? By professing Jesus do we receive protection from evil, deliverance from trials or the healing of our maladies? Do we receive a promise of an abundant and prosperous life? Or, is being a Christian more like a “getting whipped into shape” work and endurance program where we lose our own will, learn to do without and have to somehow rejoice in tribulation every day of our difficult lives? Is the price of true Christianity a simple acknowledgment of Jesus being in your life or is it a “sell all that we have and change what we are” mentality? What DOES it cost to be a true Christian? Is it a price we are willing to pay?

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The question of the personal cost of Christianity has never been a popular question even from the very inception of discipleship.  Personal cost did not seem to be on the minds of the twelve Apostles nearly as much as the question of the rewards of Christianity.  These twelve, the very first and only hand-picked followers of Jesus, are recorded in the Gospels as having several conversations regarding their individual placement and stature in the coming kingdom of Christ. The debates of who would be greatest in the kingdom or who would occupy the honored positions at Jesus’ right and left hand were clearly on their minds.  For them those debates were about the results of loyalty and love for the Master, but for Jesus those debates were about an opportunity to show them their immature perspective and the necessarily difficult path to maturity and true discipleship.

So Jesus taught them.  Each time the subject came up he responded with lessons of servitude and giving.  He told them how their lives as followers were not to be like the lives of those involved in other earthly endeavors, where the leaders were hailed and lauded and always looked up to.  No, their lives would be different – their lives would be contrary, for they would be reflections of his life.  Jesus’ life was filled with serving, always doing the will of God instead of his own, always speaking the words of God instead of his own and always seeking the glory of God instead of his own.

What this tells us is there really is a price to pay for being a true footstep follower of Jesus.  It is a heavy price, and yet on the other hand there are many promises of peace, strength and joy along the way.  What does a life look like that merges these two ends of the spectrum?  Check out our October 17, 2016 podcast, “Is the Price of Christianity Too High?” and follow along with us as we piece together what Jesus said would be required of his followers.  If being a Christian is important to you, this can really help to clarify your expectations and nudge you another step closer to that God-honoring Christian life that you are looking for!

 

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March 01, 2015

Ep.855: Why Aren’t You a Wealthy Christian?

The Bible's true role in the wealth of a Christian

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CHAPTERS

[00:15:13]
Does the Bible agree with The Secret idea?


[00:31:34]
If we don't expect miracles from God, aren't we limiting his power in our lives?


[00:46:52]
Doesn't the New Testament tell us receiving is bigger than giving?


[01:02:48]
What about the plainly expressed promise of God to shower blessings when tithes are given?


[01:18:31]
What kind of consequence is there for those who treat God like a magic genie?


Theme Scripture: Genesis 26:12-13

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…

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May 19, 2013

Ep.762: Is the Gospel Your Ticket to Wealth?

The role that money and wealth play in the Gospel

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Theme Scripture: John 10:10

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!

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Ep.693: Does the Gospel Produce Wealth?

Jesus, money, earthly status and Christianity

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Theme Scripture: Proverbs 23:4-5

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!

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Ep.637: So, Do You Think You’re Holy?

Finding true holiness in an unholy world

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Theme Scripture: Romans 12:1

Did you ever stop and wonder what Christianity, in its truest sense, looks like? Is Christianity about getting or giving? Is it about living just like everyone else, or is it about living to a higher standard? Is it about the incessant chatter of everyday life or is it about a life-changing message? Is Christianity about learning to accept yourself as you are, or is it about offering who you are to God to become what he wants you to be? These are questions that can be answered if we understand how holiness fits into the picture. Stay with us as we look at our Christianity and what role "holiness" plays in it.

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Ep.633: Do Money and the Gospel Belong Together?

God, money and how they properly mix

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Theme Scripture: Malachi 3:8

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?

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Ep.567: How do You Invest Your Christianity?

Pounds and Talents

Theme Scripture: Luke 19:13

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.

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Ep.481: Do Dollars Make Sense?

Money, tithing and Christianity

Theme Scripture: Malachi 3:10

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?

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Ep.342: Does Your Church Ask You to “Show Them the Money?”

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