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Preaching Daily - December 5

  • 2014 Dec 05
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Today's Word for Pastors...

As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.
2 Corinthians 6

Today's Preaching Insight...

You Can't Take it With You

You can't take it with you! Or can you? A colleague recently told me about an interesting sight he witnessed. From the vantage point of a busy intersection, a funeral was in full procession. My friend, the captivated onlooker, watched the passing parade: a freshly washed funeral coach, limousines and the assortment of cars and SUVs of relatives and friends all with their headlights beaming. There was nothing out of the ordinary here except what coincidently happened to be following the last car in the procession — a U-Haul truck!

Some people do actually live and die as if they will be able to take it with them. Like the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, many long for an after life; even if it does resemble a "Temptation Island" one. In the gospel of Luke 12:13-21 there is recorded a story about a man who lived and died as if he could take all of his beloved possessions and honors with him. Instead of loading U-hauls and building pyramids however, he was building bigger barns. He lived for the day at hand.  He thought that this world would be enough....

Jesus put His finger on the problem of the one who was concerned about getting his fair share. His problem was covetousness! Greed is no respecter of persons. Greed has the pervasive ability to trickle down from the boardroom to the break room. The Bible says much about the dangers of how greed can divide and conquer our heart. We cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve both God and riches (Matthew 6:24).

(To read the entire article "The World is Not Enough" by Joe Alain at Preaching.com, click here)

Today's Extra...

Storms, Crisis

An old sea captain was quizzing a young naval student. "What steps would you take if a sudden storm came up on the starboard?"He replied, "I would throw out an anchor, Sir.""What would you do if another storm sprang up aft?" asked the captain. "I'd throw out another anchor, Sir.""But what if a third storm sprang up forward?""I'd throw out another anchor, Captain.""Wait a minute, son," said the Captain. "Where in the world are you getting all those anchors?"The young man replied, "From the same place you're getting all those storms."Personal storms or crises have a way of showing up unexpectedly. The person without some anchors can get blown away. The best anchors on earth are these: dependable friends; a stable, loving family; a church home; and a personal relationship with the One who is...

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