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Text: 2 Kings 4:42-44
"Now, the very first truth I want to engrave on your hearts and on your minds is this: No one who comes to the Lord ever goes away hungry. No one who enters into the presence of the Lord ever goes away empty. No one.
"The reason for that is very simple and is the second truth I want you to engrave on your hearts and in your minds: our God is a God of abundance."
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"God has, in fact, entrusted everything that is God's into your hands;
God has taken everything that is God's -- or even associated with God -- and put it right smack dab into your hands as a trust ...
"To care for it ... to manage it ... to use it ... to administer it for God!
"What glory and honor God has given you; what dignity and power and opportunity God has given you ... entrusting you with the care and management and use and administration of everything that is God's."
"Certainly our material things and our desire for money to buy more things have a hold on us today, perhaps more than any other time in history.
"Jesus preached that redistribution of wealth and acts of justice were more in line with God's reign than the accumulation of wealth."
The church is not immune from the battle between the opposing worldviews of scarcity and abundance. Scarcity insists we lack the resources for doing what God calls us to do. The contrary view expresses confidence in God's abundance.
Eric Williams, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown, N.Y., uses two snack food ad campaigns to illustrate this tension. Read on to see if you have a Ruffles or a Doritos way of life.
2007 - Share, Save, Spend Sermon Series At Mount Calvary
January 13-14, 2007 "Share, Save, Spend"
Dr. Kathryn D. Blanchard as the guest preacher introduced this years series of Share, Save, Spend. Dr. Blanchard will preach on Martin Luther's Pastoral Teachings on Money. Always one to speak boldly, Martin Luther is sure to engage us in very lively thought!
Her sermon is based on her award winning article "Martin Luther's Pastoral Teachings on Money, printed in Word & World Theology for Christian Mission, Volume 26, Summer 2006, Number 3, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN.
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