Category Archives: Stewardship

What the Bible Has to Say About Gambling

Introduction: A woman was in a gambling casino for the first time. As she walks the floor, looking at all of the pretty lights, the machines and the special tables she is awestruck. The woman walks up to a roulette wheel and watches as someone plays a round. The attendant invites her to join the game and she

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Why is the Church So Important?

I Cor. 1:2; 3:5-10 and 16:19. “I am an alumnus of the church”, the man said to a friend. He obviously had given up on the church. I don’t know that I have ever heard of that term until I heard that story. It raises the question, is the church really important? When Jesus said, “upon this rock,

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What is Your Church Worth to You?

Ephesians 5:25-33 There is an old story told by ministers concerning a wedding ceremony that describes a rather tense and nervous moment. The tension was not so much during the ceremony but afterward. The groom rather sheepishly comes to the pastor half way apologizing for not giving him an honorarium. He says “I just don’t know

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Don’t Just Stand There

Acts 1:8-11 Introduction: A man bought a donkey from a preacher. The donkey was trained to go when you said “Hallelujah,” and stop when you said, “Amen.” The man started the donkey by saying “Hallelujah.”  After a while they began to head toward a cliff. “Stop,” said the man. “Halt!” he cried. The donkey began to trot faster. Oh no . .

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Don’t Just Make a Living, Make a Life!

Luke 12:15 I was in a Trustee Meeting at the University of Mobile listening to a report by Dr. Robert McGinley concerning a soon to be launched Capital Gains Campaign for the University. In his report he made this statement: “We are doing a good job of teaching students how to make a living; it

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The Bible and Gambling

Matthew 6:24-34 The God who created man gave him, as a guideline for life, two ethics on which to live; two ethics on which to develop a lifestyle (see Genesis 1:26-28; 2:1-3; 3:19). These two ethics are work and worship. Work was, and is, God ordained. The Bible tells us in Genesis 2:2a that God worked. In Genesis 3:19 we discover God

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Keeping Your Heart for the World

Romans 5:5 Introduction: Have you ever noticed that a pro baseball player often has his best year just before he becomes a free agent?  Also, have you noticed that they often have one of their worst years just after they have signed a huge contract?Have you ever noticed how beautiful a bride is on her

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How To Take The “Stew” Out of Stewardship

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 A West Virginia man hit the jackpot!  He won more than 225 million dollars.  Since then he and his wife have separated.  He is estranged from his wife.  This man said, “This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”Wealth, possessions, etc., can be the worst thing that happens to people. 

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Gambling: What Is At Stake?

Isaiah 65:11 Introduction: Philip L. Wilson shares the following, “Gambling in some form or other has been around since ancient times.  Some pharaohs of Egypt were known to be compulsive gamblers and often had their dice buried with them.  Gambling was prevalent in ancient China as well, prompting the philosopher Confucius, who lived 500 years

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I Love My Church: It Shall Succeed!

Matthew 16:13-19 INTRODUCTION: We can say today that our special funds campaign is a success! While there are further goals, we have surpassed our first goal – A Victory Goal of $300,000 in pledges to be paid any time over the next three years. A Challenge Goal of $400,000 and a Hallelujah Goal of $500,000

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