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This is the seventh in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic – more than his teachings on heaven and hell combined” (p. 9). How does Jesus want us to think about money? How does the Gospel affect our attitude toward the use of money? Join me on this multi-week exploration of what Jesus teaches about money. Even in the 1st century, money was a big deal. The wealth and convenience we enjoy in 21st century America by far outweigh the wealth enjoyed in the 1st century. That’s why Jesus’ perspective and teaching on money and wealth is so vital for our spiritual health in relationship with God. We need to heed his warnings about the poisonous treasuring of money.... Keep Reading

This is the sixth in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic ... Keep Reading

This is the fifth in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic ... Keep Reading

This is the fourth in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic ... Keep Reading

This is the third in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic ... Keep Reading

Jesus & {Your?} His Money: Part 2 - Money as Poison

September 1, 2016 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

This is the second in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic ... Keep Reading

This is the first in a series of reflections on Jesus’ teaching about money and wealth in the Gospels. Randy Alcorn, writing in The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving, says, “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic ... Keep Reading

Olympic Champions in Christ

August 18, 2016 | by: Dale Thiele | 0 Comments

I enjoy watching the Olympics. I marvel at the athletic prowess of the competitors and the feats they accomplish, which I could never imagine doing. I love rooting for Team USA and watching the medal counts. Part of being created in the image of God is an inner longing to be excellent or associated with excellence. The Olympics appeal to that inner longing. While I know I could never be an Olympic competitor, I long for that sort of discipline to mark and shape my pursuit of excellence in other areas. My relationship with God. My ministry. My marriage. My parenting. How can we develop that sort of discipline?... Keep Reading

Early in the life of Abraham, when he was still ‘Abram,’ and Sarah was still ‘Sarai,’ we read about Abram’s call by God to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) In the great “Hall of Faith” chapter of the New Testament, we read that, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise…” (Hebrews 11:8-9a). Elsewhere in the New Testament, we read how Abraham is the Father of the Faithful. Paul puts it famously: “In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.” (Gal. 3:6-8 NLT) One of the things I love about the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is how the characters of the great men and women of the Bible are real, living people like us. ... Keep Reading

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What I Think About While Cleaning the Church

August 4, 2016 | by: Bill Burns | 0 Comments

Every other week, usually on a Friday or Saturday evening, Mrs. B & I and often my mom, and Cody, and even Kacey, trek down to the church to get the place spiffed up for Sunday morning worship. Everyone gets to work as soon as the doors are opened. We flick on the lights, one of us sets up some tunes, or tunes in the Royals game, and we all grab a mop, or a broom, or vacuum, and head to our respective ‘areas.’ When we first come in, it’s usually pretty dark. But even after the lights are mostly all on there are still a few dark corners, especially the hall behind the pulpit. There just aren’t many lights there. Funny thing is, the vacuum’s always the noisiest when you go over the carpet in those areas. You can tell debris collects here because it’s hard to see unless you turn on a light, or shine one there, or run a vacuum. That got me thinking a few weeks back while working in one of those places. How many ‘dark corners’ do we have in our little worlds that we inhabit? You know the places. It’s all that stuff we’re talking about when we get to the section of the Sunday morning service where we confess our sins.... Keep Reading

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