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December 16, 2016
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Lures: The Lure of Money

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  • - Bil Cornelius: It doesn't say
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  • God's gonna meet your needs
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  • according to the latest
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  • barrel of oil rate.
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  • It doesn't say God's gonna meet
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  • your needs based upon
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  • natural gas prices.
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  • God's not gonna meet your needs
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  • based upon what the real estate
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  • cycle is.
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  • No, it's just God's gonna meet
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  • your needs based upon his
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  • glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
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  • And that's nothing to do
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  • with this world.
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  • So I don't know about you, but I
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  • choose for religious reasons not
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  • to partake in today's economy.
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  • I choose instead to partake
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  • in God's economy.
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • CC by Aberdeen Captioning 1-800-688-6621 abercap.com
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • Good to have you here!
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • You know, we're continuing
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  • the series on, "Lures."
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  • And as we talk about lures,
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  • there's a lot of things in this
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  • world that wants to lure us in.
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  • And so we're talking today about
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  • the lure of money 'cause money
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  • really is something that becomes
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  • a lure to us.
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  • So pull out your notes,
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  • if you would, real quick.
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  • You know, this last week, I was
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  • reading this phenomenal book.
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  • and a comedy all in one.
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  • It was my checkbook.
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  • And as I was reading it,
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  • I realized that sometimes I'm
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  • all over the map financially.
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  • And do you ever look back at
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  • some of the purchases you made
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  • and thought,
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  • "Why did I buy that?"
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  • You ever done that?
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  • Anyone in here who's done
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  • that before?
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  • And so I know that's happened to
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  • all of us but it's the lure of
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  • money just--it just lures us
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  • into want certain things,
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  • thinking, "Oh, I just gotta have
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  • that."
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  • And then you finally get
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  • whatever that is and realize you
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  • didn't have to have it at all.
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  • And so I think we've all made
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  • those kind of purchases.
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  • Now, before we, you know, kind
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  • of get on all that stuff, before
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  • we do that, let's just admit up
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  • front that we all have certain
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  • things that we just spend
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  • too much money on that
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  • we don't mind, right?
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  • Don't we all have certain items
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  • that we just really like,
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  • that we overspend on but
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  • it's just something we want.
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  • How many of you guys have an
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  • item like that and you're,
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  • like, "Yeah, there is something
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  • I just really spend
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  • too much money on," right?
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  • So we're in Texas.
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  • Probably a lot of guys have
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  • guns, you know, or it may be
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  • golf clubs, maybe a boat,
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  • fishing gear, right, ladies?
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  • Maybe that certain blouse.
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  • I don't know what it is for you,
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  • right?
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  • We all have an item like that.
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  • So I brought my item with me.
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  • I didn't buy it but someone
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  • bought it for me but I gotta
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  • So I was at this event one time
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  • and I was talking to these guys
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  • and this friend of mine invited
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  • me into this circle of guys,
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  • these bunch of executives.
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  • And we were all talking.
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  • I was asking their advice on
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  • some things and this guy was
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  • sitting across from me and he
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  • was giving this great advice
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  • and I was, like, "Man,
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  • do you have a pen?
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  • I need to write some
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  • of this stuff down."
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  • So the guy hands me his pen
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  • and I was, like, "Oh,
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  • it's one of those pens."
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  • And it was a Montblanc pen.
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  • I don't know if you know
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  • what those are but it's like
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  • a really nice pen.
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  • And so if you watch newscasters
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  • and they're flipping their pen,
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  • it's almost always a Montblanc.
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  • And so I just noticed.
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  • I was, like, "Oh,
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  • it's a Montblanc."
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  • I'd never actually seen one or
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  • touched one so I wrote with it
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  • and I was, like,
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  • "Oh, that's so nice."
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  • So this buddy of mine, that
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  • Christmas, he bought me
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  • a Montblanc pen so I have
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  • my Montblanc pen
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  • This is my BMW.
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  • You can't have it.
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  • I like it.
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  • 'Cause they're not cheap, right?
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  • I mean, I wouldn't--I just--I
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  • don't think I'd ever spend this
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  • but, wow, I'm glad someone else
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  • spent it for me.
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  • It's great.
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  • I like my pen, right?
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  • And so we're really not trying
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  • to make you feel guilty
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  • for having a couple
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  • of things you like.
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  • There's nothing wrong with that.
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  • The Bible is very clear that
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  • people that God did bless
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  • and God's hand was on 'em,
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  • had stuff.
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  • There's nothing wrong with
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  • having stuff so please don't
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  • think this is, like,
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  • some anti-rich or anti-wealth
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  • or anti-things message at all.
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  • There's nothing wrong with
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  • having things as long as
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  • the things don't have you.
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • There's nothing wrong with
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  • having things, right?
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  • I mean, we all have certain
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  • things that, you know, we'd be
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  • a little embarrassed if we had
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  • to tell you the truth on what we
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  • actually spent on it, right?
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  • I don't care what your age is.
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  • My boys have got these J's, man.
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  • And they spend some money
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  • And so, you know, or maybe for
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  • you it's a car or a house or,
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  • you know, I dunno what it is
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  • but we all have items.
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  • Again, that's really not what
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  • we're talking about.
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  • What we're talking about is
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  • being good stewards of what
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  • we do have and there's nothing
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  • wrong with enjoying
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  • a few things.
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  • But check this out.
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  • Luke chapter 12, verse 15,
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  • puts it this way.
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  • "Then he said, 'Beware!
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  • Don't be greedy for what you
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  • don't have.
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  • Real life is not measured
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  • by how much we own.'"
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  • Have you ever noticed that
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  • whatever you're earning, you
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  • always wanna earn more?
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  • You always feel like
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  • it's just not quite enough.
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  • "Oh, if I just made this much
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  • money, then I'd be happy.
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  • Or I just had this much stuff,
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  • or just had this much money in
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  • the bank or if I just had this
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  • much square footage in my house.
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  • If I just had this kind of car,"
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  • right?
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  • It's always, like,
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  • one item away.
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  • If I had that,
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  • then I'd be happy.
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  • Remember, it was first,
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  • Those were huge, right?
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  • Now you can buy those for
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  • $4.99 at Walmart.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • then it was the 40-inch, then
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  • it was the 50-inch, 60, 70.
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  • Now it's 75, 80-inch TVs.
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  • I understand they're now making
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  • 100-inch television.
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  • This is insane.
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  • They're eventually gonna
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  • just shift to miles.
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  • "I have a mile and a half TV.
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  • What's yours?"
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  • "2.3 miles."
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  • I mean, it's, like,
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  • this is getting insane,
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  • you know what I mean?
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  • It's crazy.
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  • But I mean, it just gets bigger
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  • and bigger and bigger, you know?
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  • And so we always want more,
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  • more, more, more, more, more.
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  • And that's where
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  • the problem comes.
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  • And one of the ways you know
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  • this has become a problem,
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  • money's become a lure to you,
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  • is if you're in debt.
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  • If you've got major debt this
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  • means your--the spending's out
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  • of control.
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  • And that's where we have to be
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  • very careful that we just don't
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  • somehow thinking that this one
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  • new item is gonna make me happy.
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  • Ecclesiastes 5:10 puts it this
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  • way, "Those who love money
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  • will never have enough.
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  • How absurd to think that wealth
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  • Now the Bible does not say that
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  • money is the root of all evil.
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  • People think that.
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  • But actually the Bible does say,
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  • "The love of money
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  • is the root of all evil."
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  • Money is value-neutral.
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  • It's neither good nor bad.
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  • You can do really good things
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  • with money or you can do really
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  • bad things with money.
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  • It'll go both ways.
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  • You can feed starving children
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  • in Africa with money or you can
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  • also roll up a dollar and snort
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  • something with it, right?
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  • Same dollar.
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  • Did you know, by the way,
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  • that 97% of all US dollar bills
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  • have traces of cocaine on 'em?
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  • Ninety-seven percent.
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  • You're, like, "No wonder I get
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  • high when I'm close to money.
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  • Now I know why."
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  • And also today's message is not
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  • about how much you earn, at all.
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  • In fact, actually,
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  • it has nothing to do with what--
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  • the lure of money has nothing
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  • to do with how much you earn.
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  • It has to do with what you do
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  • with what you earn.
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  • Whether it's a little or a lot,
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  • that really is not the issue.
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  • do with it.
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  • And so the first thing we need
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  • to remember is this, number one.
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  • Would you write this down?
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  • To break the back of the lure of
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  • money in our life, number one,
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  • refuse to let my identity
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  • be defined by what I own.
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  • Refuse to let my identity
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  • be defined by what I own.
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  • You may have a Beammer
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  • but you are not a Beammer.
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  • You may have a Porsche but
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  • you're not a Porsche.
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  • You may have nice designer
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  • jeans but that doesn't mean
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  • you are the designer jeans.
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  • I mean, we have a tendency to
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  • our self-worth into things,
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  • thinking, "Oh, now I'm somebody.
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  • Now I'm special 'cause I drive
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  • this, or have that, or," you
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  • know, ladies have to have this
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  • kind of purse, you know,
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  • or you wear this kind of watch
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  • or whatever.
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  • And we tend to overcompensate
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  • with things.
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  • Again, there's nothing wrong
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  • with things.
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  • It's okay to have things as long
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  • Now, the goal is not
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  • just to be cheap.
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  • I mean,
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  • that's not the goal either.
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  • It's not just about having more
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  • and saving more.
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  • That's not the goal either.
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  • And so refuse to let your
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  • identity be tied up
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  • in what you own.
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  • That's a big deal.
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  • Now let me just say this too
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  • real quick 'cause I know that,
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  • you know, maybe you are on
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  • the lower economic scale.
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  • I'm not gonna call you poor but
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  • maybe you feel like you are,
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  • okay?
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  • And by the way, none of us are
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  • poor if we live in
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  • air conditioning and we have
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  • two pairs of shoes.
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  • Here in America, that's
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  • virtually every one of us and
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  • that means you're in the top 2%
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  • to 5% wealth and wage-earners
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  • in the world.
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  • See, we keep looking at
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  • the scale just based upon
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  • where we live.
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  • But the Bible was written
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  • to the whole world.
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  • So we are all the rich
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  • young ruler.
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  • We're all the rich people
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  • in the Bible.
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  • We actually are.
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  • We just don't feel like it
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  • but we are.
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  • I mean, most of our biggest
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  • problem with food is that
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  • we eat too much.
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  • Not that we don't have enough,
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  • right?
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  • We need to trade places
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  • with a starving kid for a while.
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  • Like, that would be good for me.
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  • The truth is, is that that's
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  • the problems we have.
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  • in our country and really in all
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  • the West and so it's a big deal.
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  • Look at Psalms 24:1.
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  • It says, "The world and
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  • all that is in it belong to
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  • the Lord; and the earth and
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  • all who live on it are his."
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  • So everything we have
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  • is God's already.
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  • All that we own is God's.
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  • I love this Montblanc pen
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  • but it's actually not mine,
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  • it's the Lord's.
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  • It's his pen, right?
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  • And so all that we have,
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  • the shoes you walked in with,
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  • those are the Lord's.
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  • The car you drove up in,
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  • that's the Lord's.
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  • All of it's God's, every bit.
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  • You say, "Well,
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  • this is God's house."
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  • So is your house.
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  • Your house is God's house too.
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  • All of our houses are.
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  • And so all of it is the Lord's
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  • when you remember that.
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  • Look at Deuteronomy 8:18.
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  • It says, "But remember the Lord
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  • your God, for it is he who gives
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  • you the ability to produce
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  • wealth, and so confirms his
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  • covenant, which he swore to your
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  • So God gave you the ability
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  • to produce wealth.
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  • Somebody will say, "Now hold on
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  • a second, Pastor.
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  • I went to school.
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  • I worked hard.
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  • I mean, I built my career.
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  • And so I make a good paycheck.
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  • You tell me that's not mine?"
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  • That's exactly what
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  • I'm telling you.
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  • It's not yours.
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  • "But it's my skills,
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  • it's my abilities."
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  • Well, who gave you your
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  • abilities?
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  • "Well, I developed them myself."
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  • Well, who gave you that
  • 00:09:20.270 --> 00:09:21.270
  • heartbeat today so you
  • 00:09:21.270 --> 00:09:23.270
  • could have your abilities?
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  • 'Cause science can't prove
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  • why your heart keeps beating.
  • 00:09:26.240 --> 00:09:28.290
  • It must be that there's a God.
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  • So all that we have, all that
  • 00:09:31.120 --> 00:09:34.080
  • we're able to acquire is
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  • actually because of the Lord.
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  • All wealth, everything,
  • 00:09:40.100 --> 00:09:42.010
  • is actually God's.
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  • And so that's why we have
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  • Number two, hold everything
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  • loosely because God owns it all.
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  • He does.
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  • Just hold it loosely.
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  • Are you willing to part
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  • with what you love?
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  • Here's a little rule of thumb
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  • for me when I buy a car.
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  • I will not buy any car
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  • If I'm not willing to give it
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  • away, not gonna own it.
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  • That's just the biggest ticket
  • 00:10:08.050 --> 00:10:09.270
  • item I could think of, right?
  • 00:10:09.270 --> 00:10:12.010
  • But for you,
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  • maybe it's something else,
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  • maybe it's a boat.
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  • You really want a nice boat.
  • 00:10:14.180 --> 00:10:15.080
  • But are you willing to give that
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  • boat away?
  • 00:10:16.100 --> 00:10:17.010
  • If you're not willing to give
  • 00:10:17.010 --> 00:10:18.020
  • something away, don't buy it.
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  • 'Cause now it owns you,
  • 00:10:19.130 --> 00:10:20.190
  • you don't own it.
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  • Make sense.
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  • You say, "Well, who would give
  • 00:10:23.290 --> 00:10:24.180
  • their car away?"
  • 00:10:24.180 --> 00:10:25.070
  • Well, I know a lot of people
  • 00:10:25.070 --> 00:10:25.290
  • that do.
  • 00:10:25.290 --> 00:10:26.170
  • We've done it multiple times
  • 00:10:26.170 --> 00:10:27.120
  • as a family.
  • 00:10:27.120 --> 00:10:28.060
  • And I know a lot of people
  • 00:10:28.060 --> 00:10:29.220
  • in our church do.
  • 00:10:29.220 --> 00:10:30.140
  • Maybe God just put something on
  • 00:10:30.140 --> 00:10:31.170
  • your heart.
  • 00:10:31.170 --> 00:10:32.050
  • You're, like, you know, I'm
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:32.240
  • gonna get a new washer/dryer.
  • 00:10:32.240 --> 00:10:33.180
  • I'm gonna give the old one
  • 00:10:33.180 --> 00:10:34.160
  • to someone else.
  • 00:10:34.160 --> 00:10:35.060
  • Or maybe you keep the old one,
  • 00:10:35.060 --> 00:10:36.020
  • you buy a new set
  • 00:10:36.020 --> 00:10:36.260
  • for someone else.
  • 00:10:36.260 --> 00:10:37.290
  • It's a different way of
  • 00:10:37.290 --> 00:10:39.130
  • thinking, isn't it, you know?
  • 00:10:39.130 --> 00:10:41.020
  • Not everything should be
  • 00:10:41.020 --> 00:10:42.050
  • Jesus junk.
  • 00:10:42.050 --> 00:10:43.180
  • You know what Jesus junk is?
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:44.230
  • It's, like, it's so used,
  • 00:10:44.230 --> 00:10:46.170
  • we'll give it to the church.
  • 00:10:46.260 --> 00:10:49.260
  • But actually,
  • 00:10:49.260 --> 00:10:51.240
  • Jesus gave his best.
  • 00:10:52.130 --> 00:10:55.130
  • What if God says, "I don't want
  • 00:10:55.130 --> 00:10:57.040
  • your used stuff, I want
  • 00:10:57.040 --> 00:10:58.100
  • the nicest item you have."
  • 00:10:58.100 --> 00:11:01.090
  • Or we wanna hold it loosely
  • 00:11:01.090 --> 00:11:02.280
  • and say, "Okay, God.
  • 00:11:02.280 --> 00:11:03.270
  • That watch, that ring, that
  • 00:11:03.270 --> 00:11:06.140
  • diamond necklace, that sea-doo,
  • 00:11:07.120 --> 00:11:10.120
  • that surfboard, that skateboard,
  • 00:11:10.120 --> 00:11:12.200
  • those J's."
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  • Have I hit you yet?
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  • I'll keep going if you like.
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  • I'm gonna hold it loosely.
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  • It's actually yours, God.
  • 00:11:19.070 --> 00:11:20.160
  • It's not mine.
  • 00:11:20.160 --> 00:11:21.210
  • You never know what God may do
  • 00:11:21.210 --> 00:11:22.220
  • to break through to someone
  • 00:11:22.220 --> 00:11:24.120
  • through your generosity.
  • 00:11:24.120 --> 00:11:26.090
  • You've no idea.
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:27.040
  • And I don't know their story.
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:27.260
  • I don't know what God's doing in
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:28.210
  • their heart.
  • 00:11:28.210 --> 00:11:29.110
  • But maybe God's doing something.
  • 00:11:29.110 --> 00:11:30.050
  • And maybe that was something
  • 00:11:30.050 --> 00:11:31.020
  • that was just a sign to them
  • 00:11:31.020 --> 00:11:32.060
  • from God saying, "I'm gonna take
  • 00:11:32.060 --> 00:11:33.080
  • care of you."
  • 00:11:33.080 --> 00:11:34.010
  • But it wasn't about the $60 or
  • 00:11:34.010 --> 00:11:34.260
  • $80, it was about, "Oh,
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:35.280
  • my goodness, wow!
  • 00:11:35.280 --> 00:11:37.210
  • People still do that
  • 00:11:37.210 --> 00:11:38.290
  • in this world?"
  • 00:11:38.290 --> 00:11:39.280
  • Yes, people still do that.
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  • You can be a blessing to other
  • 00:11:41.110 --> 00:11:42.270
  • people so I don't know what God
  • 00:11:42.270 --> 00:11:44.150
  • will lead you to but hold--
  • 00:11:44.150 --> 00:11:45.080
  • whatever you're holding,
  • 00:11:45.080 --> 00:11:46.100
  • hold it loosely.
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  • Look at Acts chapter 2.
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  • By the way, I think we should
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:49.160
  • become a traditional church,
  • 00:11:49.160 --> 00:11:51.160
  • I really do.
  • 00:11:51.160 --> 00:11:52.110
  • But I don't wanna go back to
  • 00:11:52.110 --> 00:11:53.130
  • a tradition 50 years ago, like
  • 00:11:53.130 --> 00:11:54.210
  • people think about tradition.
  • 00:11:54.210 --> 00:11:56.070
  • Let's go back, if we're gonna
  • 00:11:56.070 --> 00:11:57.220
  • go back, all the way back 2.000
  • 00:11:57.220 --> 00:11:59.100
  • and follow their tradition.
  • 00:12:01.250 --> 00:12:03.050
  • Here was their tradition.
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  • Acts chapter 2, verse--Acts
  • 00:12:04.190 --> 00:12:06.030
  • chapter 4, 'scuse me, verse 32,
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:07.280
  • "All the believers were of
  • 00:12:07.280 --> 00:12:09.020
  • one heart and mind.
  • 00:12:09.020 --> 00:12:10.150
  • And they felt what they owned
  • 00:12:10.150 --> 00:12:13.080
  • was not their own, they
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  • Wow!
  • 00:12:17.170 --> 00:12:18.270
  • Who doesn't wanna be a part of
  • 00:12:18.270 --> 00:12:20.010
  • a church like that?
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  • That just meets
  • 00:12:21.240 --> 00:12:23.020
  • each other's needs.
  • 00:12:23.020 --> 00:12:24.290
  • As a need arises, they meet it.
  • 00:12:24.290 --> 00:12:27.110
  • I mean, that's just cool.
  • 00:12:27.110 --> 00:12:28.220
  • Of course the church grew.
  • 00:12:28.220 --> 00:12:31.040
  • Who doesn't wanna be a part of
  • 00:12:31.040 --> 00:12:31.270
  • a group that's that loving?
  • 00:12:31.270 --> 00:12:33.140
  • And that caring?
  • 00:12:33.140 --> 00:12:34.270
  • And that compassionate?
  • 00:12:34.270 --> 00:12:36.040
  • That's what the church
  • 00:12:36.040 --> 00:12:36.280
  • is supposed to look like.
  • 00:12:36.280 --> 00:12:38.130
  • Not a bunch of judgmental pious
  • 00:12:38.130 --> 00:12:39.060
  • religious people.
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:40.130
  • It's supposed to be about
  • 00:12:40.130 --> 00:12:41.180
  • a bunch of loving, caring people
  • 00:12:41.180 --> 00:12:42.280
  • that have compassion and wanna
  • 00:12:42.280 --> 00:12:44.030
  • meet each other's needs.
  • 00:12:44.030 --> 00:12:45.210
  • That's what we're called to do.
  • 00:12:47.060 --> 00:12:50.060
  • That's what the church
  • 00:12:50.060 --> 00:12:51.070
  • meeting one another's needs.
  • 00:12:53.120 --> 00:12:54.120
  • Now, what about your own needs?
  • 00:12:54.120 --> 00:12:55.210
  • Philippians 4:19 says,
  • 00:12:55.210 --> 00:12:56.280
  • "God will meet all your needs
  • 00:12:56.280 --> 00:12:58.000
  • according to his glorious riches
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:12:59.030
  • in Christ Jesus."
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  • I've got some good news for you
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:01.000
  • today.
  • 00:13:01.000 --> 00:13:01.160
  • It doesn't say God's gonna
  • 00:13:01.160 --> 00:13:02.090
  • meet your needs according to
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:03.010
  • the latest barrel of oil rate.
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  • It doesn't say God's gonna meet
  • 00:13:05.210 --> 00:13:07.020
  • your needs based upon
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:08.080
  • natural gas prices.
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:09.100
  • It doesn't say God's gonna meet
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:10.110
  • your needs based upon
  • 00:13:10.110 --> 00:13:11.100
  • what the NASDAQ says.
  • 00:13:11.100 --> 00:13:12.200
  • God's not gonna meet your needs
  • 00:13:12.200 --> 00:13:13.180
  • based upon what the real estate
  • 00:13:13.180 --> 00:13:14.250
  • cycle is.
  • 00:13:14.250 --> 00:13:15.160
  • No, it's just God's gonna meet
  • 00:13:15.160 --> 00:13:16.120
  • your needs based upon his
  • 00:13:16.120 --> 00:13:17.180
  • glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:13:17.180 --> 00:13:20.140
  • And that's nothing to do with
  • 00:13:20.140 --> 00:13:21.030
  • this world.
  • 00:13:21.030 --> 00:13:22.240
  • 'Cause you're not of this world.
  • 00:13:22.240 --> 00:13:25.110
  • You're in this world
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:26.240
  • but you're not of it.
  • 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:28.270
  • So I don't know about you, but I
  • 00:13:28.270 --> 00:13:29.220
  • choose for religious reasons not
  • 00:13:29.220 --> 00:13:31.170
  • I choose instead
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:35.230
  • to partake in God's economy.
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:37.270
  • And he always provides.
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:40.000
  • He always takes care of us.
  • 00:13:40.000 --> 00:13:41.220
  • But one of the things that this
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:42.270
  • also means for us and we're
  • 00:13:42.270 --> 00:13:44.010
  • gonna hold everything loosely
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.050
  • is that there's a value here
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:46.030
  • called sacrifice.
  • 00:13:46.030 --> 00:13:48.140
  • And what this means for us is
  • 00:13:48.140 --> 00:13:49.030
  • that we give up things we love
  • 00:13:49.030 --> 00:13:50.010
  • for the things we love more.
  • 00:13:50.010 --> 00:13:51.210
  • We wanna be a people of
  • 00:13:51.210 --> 00:13:54.070
  • sacrifice.
  • 00:13:54.070 --> 00:13:54.260
  • When is the last time sincerely
  • 00:13:54.260 --> 00:13:55.210
  • you know you sacrificed
  • 00:13:55.210 --> 00:13:57.240
  • something for another?
  • 00:13:57.240 --> 00:13:59.250
  • For someone else?
  • 00:13:59.250 --> 00:14:01.120
  • That you gave up something
  • 00:14:01.120 --> 00:14:03.280
  • for someone else?
  • 00:14:03.280 --> 00:14:05.100
  • That's an honor, it's
  • 00:14:05.100 --> 00:14:06.160
  • a privilege to do that,
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:07.200
  • to make a sacrifice.
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:10.000
  • You know, my parents
  • 00:14:10.000 --> 00:14:11.150
  • are in the room today.
  • 00:14:11.150 --> 00:14:13.020
  • They're very sacrificial people.
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:14.220
  • make fun of his computer until
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:18.050
  • it finally dawned on me, "I'm
  • 00:14:18.050 --> 00:14:19.170
  • making fun of his computer but
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:20.160
  • the reason it's so old is 'cause
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:21.250
  • he keeps putting all of his kids
  • 00:14:21.250 --> 00:14:22.250
  • through college."
  • 00:14:22.250 --> 00:14:24.220
  • Very powerful.
  • 00:14:24.220 --> 00:14:26.050
  • Contrast it with another buddy
  • 00:14:26.050 --> 00:14:27.070
  • of mine that his dad told him,
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:28.280
  • "You're on your own
  • 00:14:28.280 --> 00:14:29.250
  • with college.
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:30.100
  • We can't afford it."
  • 00:14:30.100 --> 00:14:31.110
  • But when I drove up to that
  • 00:14:31.110 --> 00:14:32.040
  • friend of mine's house, his dad
  • 00:14:32.040 --> 00:14:33.210
  • had this, you know, I dunno what
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:35.010
  • it cost but it was a lot of
  • 00:14:35.010 --> 00:14:35.270
  • money, a real fancy boat
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:36.160
  • out front.
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:37.250
  • I was, like, "Wow," you know?
  • 00:14:38.030 --> 00:14:41.030
  • I just grew up with parents
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:42.140
  • that really sacrificed
  • 00:14:42.140 --> 00:14:43.250
  • for their kids.
  • 00:14:43.250 --> 00:14:44.250
  • The good news about that
  • 00:14:44.250 --> 00:14:45.200
  • is it taught me to do it.
  • 00:14:45.200 --> 00:14:46.180
  • It taught me to do that
  • 00:14:46.180 --> 00:14:47.120
  • for my kids.
  • 00:14:47.120 --> 00:14:48.000
  • I don't even think about it.
  • 00:14:48.000 --> 00:14:48.220
  • I'm not trying to say I'm
  • 00:14:48.220 --> 00:14:49.160
  • so holy.
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:50.070
  • I just have a great mom and dad
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:51.090
  • who taught me how to do that.
  • 00:14:51.220 --> 00:14:54.220
  • It's a sacrifice.
  • 00:14:54.220 --> 00:14:56.060
  • But here's the deal.
  • 00:14:56.060 --> 00:14:57.180
  • If we hold everything loosely,
  • 00:14:57.180 --> 00:14:59.210
  • we recognize what it is, is an
  • 00:14:59.210 --> 00:15:01.000
  • opportunity for us to bless and
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:02.090
  • be a blessing to other people.
  • 00:15:02.090 --> 00:15:03.150
  • And I don't know what God may
  • 00:15:03.150 --> 00:15:04.240
  • be leading you to do.
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:05.140
  • Maybe you have two of something
  • 00:15:05.140 --> 00:15:06.090
  • and it's time to give one away.
  • 00:15:06.090 --> 00:15:07.210
  • That's great.
  • 00:15:07.210 --> 00:15:08.180
  • What's God leading you to do?
  • 00:15:08.180 --> 00:15:10.000
  • How's he leading you to make
  • 00:15:10.000 --> 00:15:11.080
  • a sacrifice?
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:12.120
  • Hey, we gave you some Smarties.
  • 00:15:12.120 --> 00:15:14.020
  • Would you get those out
  • 00:15:14.020 --> 00:15:14.240
  • real quick?
  • 00:15:14.240 --> 00:15:15.100
  • Did you guys get your Smarties?
  • 00:15:15.100 --> 00:15:16.250
  • Go ahead, you can eat those
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:17.170
  • now by the way.
  • 00:15:17.170 --> 00:15:18.290
  • I hear a little rattling here.
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:20.030
  • Here they go.
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:21.080
  • Good, everybody do it together.
  • 00:15:21.080 --> 00:15:22.110
  • I like that, yeah.
  • 00:15:22.110 --> 00:15:23.050
  • So everyone gets
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:23.240
  • the Smarties--aren't they good?
  • 00:15:23.240 --> 00:15:24.130
  • He gets a--can I have a Smartie?
  • 00:15:24.130 --> 00:15:26.040
  • Do you mind if I have just one?
  • 00:15:26.040 --> 00:15:27.050
  • Oh, not the whole thing.
  • 00:15:27.050 --> 00:15:27.250
  • Just one of the Smartie--I just
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:28.240
  • need one.
  • 00:15:28.240 --> 00:15:29.120
  • Can I have--do you have some
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:30.070
  • Smarties?
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:30.260
  • Can I just have one?
  • 00:15:30.260 --> 00:15:31.190
  • Go ahead and get 'em open.
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:32.080
  • You guys have some.
  • 00:15:32.080 --> 00:15:32.290
  • This is great.
  • 00:15:32.290 --> 00:15:33.180
  • Oh, thanks, man.
  • 00:15:33.180 --> 00:15:34.070
  • I appreciate that.
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:34.260
  • Your hands are clean, right?
  • 00:15:34.260 --> 00:15:35.200
  • Okay, good.
  • 00:15:35.200 --> 00:15:36.180
  • Thank you.
  • 00:15:36.180 --> 00:15:37.280
  • I appreciate that.
  • 00:15:37.280 --> 00:15:38.220
  • Thank you very much.
  • 00:15:38.220 --> 00:15:39.120
  • This is great.
  • 00:15:39.120 --> 00:15:40.050
  • Oh, I love it.
  • 00:15:40.050 --> 00:15:40.270
  • Thank you, ma'am.
  • 00:15:40.270 --> 00:15:41.200
  • Can you hook me up, man?
  • 00:15:41.200 --> 00:15:42.210
  • Oh, man, you--oh, you give me
  • 00:15:42.210 --> 00:15:43.160
  • two.
  • 00:15:43.160 --> 00:15:44.080
  • Wow!
  • 00:15:44.080 --> 00:15:44.250
  • Thank you, man.
  • 00:15:44.250 --> 00:15:45.190
  • That's awesome.
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:46.110
  • I love Smarties.
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:47.040
  • So good.
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:47.250
  • Let me give you a little insight
  • 00:15:47.250 --> 00:15:48.170
  • into your Smarties that you're
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:49.140
  • eating.
  • 00:15:49.140 --> 00:15:50.090
  • You're welcome.
  • 00:15:53.040 --> 00:15:54.100
  • I went in--thank you very much.
  • 00:15:54.100 --> 00:15:55.170
  • I went in this week
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:56.230
  • to the financial offices.
  • 00:15:56.230 --> 00:15:57.220
  • I said, "How much is it gonna
  • 00:15:57.220 --> 00:15:58.210
  • cost to buy 10.000 people
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:16:00.290
  • Smarties?"
  • 00:16:00.290 --> 00:16:02.080
  • They went online, figured it
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:03.180
  • out, gave me the number, and I
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:04.290
  • went in and wrote a check so I
  • 00:16:04.290 --> 00:16:06.200
  • did it through the church, you
  • 00:16:06.200 --> 00:16:07.280
  • know, I wanna get my tax credit
  • 00:16:07.280 --> 00:16:08.270
  • but I still paid for
  • 00:16:08.270 --> 00:16:09.220
  • your Smarties.
  • 00:16:09.280 --> 00:16:12.280
  • I mean, I'm not dumb.
  • 00:16:12.280 --> 00:16:14.170
  • I mean, I wanna be generous but
  • 00:16:14.170 --> 00:16:16.020
  • I'm still gonna get
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:16.270
  • the write-off, you know.
  • 00:16:16.270 --> 00:16:18.130
  • But the reality is this.
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.110
  • I bought your Smarties.
  • 00:16:20.110 --> 00:16:22.210
  • And here's where I wanna
  • 00:16:22.210 --> 00:16:23.170
  • bring it up.
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:24.090
  • You know, some people say,
  • 00:16:24.090 --> 00:16:25.040
  • people are trying to eat their
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:29.090
  • candy and you're just
  • 00:16:29.090 --> 00:16:29.290
  • going round asking
  • 00:16:29.290 --> 00:16:30.220
  • for a portion of it.
  • 00:16:30.220 --> 00:16:32.000
  • That's really rude for you to
  • 00:16:32.000 --> 00:16:33.070
  • ask them for a portion
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:34.140
  • of their candy."
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:35.280
  • But it's not their candy.
  • 00:16:35.280 --> 00:16:37.130
  • I bought their candy so it's
  • 00:16:37.130 --> 00:16:40.020
  • actually rude for them not to be
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:41.220
  • comfortable giving me a portion
  • 00:16:41.220 --> 00:16:42.260
  • when I own the very candy
  • 00:16:42.260 --> 00:16:44.280
  • you're eating.
  • 00:16:47.100 --> 00:16:50.100
  • But yet, we get offended when
  • 00:16:50.140 --> 00:16:53.140
  • churches and preachers and God
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:55.240
  • asks us to give a portion of
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:57.150
  • what we think is ours when
  • 00:16:57.150 --> 00:17:00.090
  • actually God afforded it
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:03.030
  • for you.
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:06.240
  • So we just--God asks for
  • 00:17:06.240 --> 00:17:09.020
  • a portion back.
  • 00:17:09.020 --> 00:17:11.150
  • Enjoy all the Smarties you want.
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:12.270
  • Have a sugar high all day long.
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:15.020
  • But just give a portion back to
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:16.070
  • God.
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:17.180
  • And if you begin to give a
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:18.120
  • portion of your Smarties back to
  • 00:17:18.120 --> 00:17:19.050
  • God, he'll give you another set
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:19.280
  • of Smarties and then he'll give
  • 00:17:19.280 --> 00:17:21.050
  • you a whole bag of Smarties.
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:22.180
  • He will dump a wheelbarrow of
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:24.070
  • Smarties on you if he knows that
  • 00:17:24.070 --> 00:17:25.160
  • you'll prove faithful
  • 00:17:25.160 --> 00:17:27.040
  • with the Smarties you got.
  • 00:17:27.040 --> 00:17:29.130
  • And he'll give you more
  • 00:17:29.130 --> 00:17:31.020
  • and then more and more.
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:32.040
  • If you just prove faithful.
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:33.040
  • But if you don't prove
  • 00:17:33.040 --> 00:17:33.240
  • faithful--see, with my kids at
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:34.270
  • home, if I were to pile a bunch
  • 00:17:34.270 --> 00:17:36.010
  • be gone in, what, 20 minutes,
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:39.150
  • Cole?
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:40.100
  • Be about it?
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:41.120
  • All the candy would be gone like
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:42.020
  • that, right?
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:42.230
  • And so I've learned, I don't
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:43.280
  • put out all the candy
  • 00:17:43.280 --> 00:17:44.260
  • in front of my kids.
  • 00:17:44.260 --> 00:17:45.240
  • Why?
  • 00:17:45.240 --> 00:17:46.140
  • They devour it, right?
  • 00:17:46.140 --> 00:17:47.240
  • And so I've learned,
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:49.070
  • don't do that.
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:49.270
  • So what I've had to do is I have
  • 00:17:49.270 --> 00:17:50.270
  • to just dole it out in slow
  • 00:17:50.270 --> 00:17:52.120
  • increments 'cause I know what's
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:54.010
  • good for them versus what
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:55.100
  • they think is good for them.
  • 00:17:55.100 --> 00:17:57.250
  • Could it be that the Lord would
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:17:59.040
  • love to load you up but you're
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:01.280
  • so fast to consume everything
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:03.240
  • he gives you that
  • 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:06.080
  • he has to slow it down?
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:09.260
  • Could it be that God wants to
  • 00:18:09.260 --> 00:18:11.200
  • give you more but you gotta
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:13.270
  • prove faithful with it, that
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:16.120
  • you're trustworthy with it.
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:17.170
  • I'll load you up.
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:19.180
  • with it, to be trustworthy
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:22.260
  • with it.
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:23.250
  • That's what God says in
  • 00:18:23.250 --> 00:18:24.290
  • his Word.
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:26.210
  • Now check out the next verse.
  • 00:18:26.210 --> 00:18:27.140
  • Luke chapter 16, verse 11.
  • 00:18:27.140 --> 00:18:28.220
  • It says, "If you are
  • 00:18:28.220 --> 00:18:29.200
  • trustworthy--" If you are,
  • 00:18:29.200 --> 00:18:31.020
  • 'scuse me, "If you were
  • 00:18:31.020 --> 00:18:32.010
  • untrustworthy about worldly
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:33.070
  • wealth, who will trust you with
  • 00:18:33.070 --> 00:18:34.200
  • the true riches of heaven?
  • 00:18:34.200 --> 00:18:36.080
  • And if you are not faithful with
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:37.180
  • other people's money, why should
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.100
  • you be trusted with money of
  • 00:18:39.100 --> 00:18:40.080
  • your own?"
  • 00:18:40.080 --> 00:18:41.080
  • So remember, it's all God's so
  • 00:18:41.080 --> 00:18:41.280
  • he entrusts you with a certain
  • 00:18:41.280 --> 00:18:43.280
  • percentage and he wants you to
  • 00:18:43.280 --> 00:18:45.260
  • handle it well and, if you do
  • 00:18:45.260 --> 00:18:48.080
  • that, then he'll give you
  • 00:18:48.080 --> 00:18:49.040
  • more of the pie.
  • 00:18:49.040 --> 00:18:50.200
  • He'll give you more Smarties if
  • 00:18:50.200 --> 00:18:52.030
  • you are trustworthy with it.
  • 00:18:52.050 --> 00:18:55.050
  • So it's important we learn
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:55.220
  • to be trustworthy.
  • 00:18:55.220 --> 00:18:56.140
  • I have a friend name
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:58.080
  • Rick Warren.
  • 00:18:58.080 --> 00:18:59.240
  • Some of you guys may know
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:00.180
  • who he is.
  • 00:19:00.180 --> 00:19:01.050
  • He's written a book called
  • 00:19:01.050 --> 00:19:01.270
  • "The Purpose-Driven Life."
  • 00:19:01.270 --> 00:19:02.220
  • It's a very powerful book.
  • 00:19:02.220 --> 00:19:03.200
  • In fact, it was a number one
  • 00:19:03.200 --> 00:19:04.150
  • bestselling book of all time.
  • 00:19:04.150 --> 00:19:07.040
  • Crazy.
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:07.260
  • He sold 35 million copies
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.140
  • of this book.
  • 00:19:09.140 --> 00:19:10.250
  • Incredible.
  • 00:19:10.250 --> 00:19:11.120
  • So I was talking to him one day.
  • 00:19:11.120 --> 00:19:12.240
  • We had lunch and this is after
  • 00:19:12.240 --> 00:19:14.110
  • the sale of his book had
  • 00:19:14.110 --> 00:19:15.130
  • just come out and it just was--
  • 00:19:15.130 --> 00:19:16.270
  • went crazy.
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:17.200
  • He personally made
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:19.140
  • He reverse tithes, by the way.
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:26.010
  • He gives 90% away and lives on
  • 00:19:26.010 --> 00:19:28.180
  • 10%, which is still pretty good.
  • 00:19:28.180 --> 00:19:29.260
  • But he gives 90% away.
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:32.040
  • No wonder God can bless him
  • 00:19:32.040 --> 00:19:34.100
  • like that.
  • 00:19:34.100 --> 00:19:35.160
  • I mean, that's amazing.
  • 00:19:35.160 --> 00:19:37.270
  • He drives a 10-year-old Ford
  • 00:19:37.270 --> 00:19:39.010
  • Expedition, by the way,
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:40.060
  • faded paint job.
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:41.190
  • That's what he drives.
  • 00:19:41.190 --> 00:19:43.140
  • He doesn't--he's not into stuff.
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  • So he told me something that
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  • was really powerful.
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  • He said, "You know what?
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  • When you get a little extra
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  • money, never use it on things.
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  • Use it to be a giver,
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:52.180
  • of course."
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  • He said, "And also use it to
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  • enhance your relationships."
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  • So I said, "Pastor, can you
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:58.250
  • explain what do you mean
  • 00:19:58.250 --> 00:19:59.170
  • by that?"
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  • He said, "For example,
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  • take some stress away.
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  • Get some house help.
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  • Get someone to mow the lawn.
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  • Take more extended vacations
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  • with your kids.
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  • Time away."
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  • And so my wife and I have really
  • 00:20:10.090 --> 00:20:12.040
  • taken that to heart and so,
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:13.220
  • you know, the one area that I
  • 00:20:13.220 --> 00:20:14.230
  • unapologetically tell you that
  • 00:20:14.230 --> 00:20:16.060
  • we spend a little more than
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  • most is when we go on trips
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  • with our kids.
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  • I love that.
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  • Because those are memories
  • 00:20:20.050 --> 00:20:21.050
  • we're gonna have.
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  • I'd rather have that
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  • than a fancier car.
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  • I'd rather have that than
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  • And so just simple things
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:29.030
  • like that really can make
  • 00:20:29.030 --> 00:20:30.090
  • a huge impact.
  • 00:20:30.090 --> 00:20:31.140
  • And so what Rick has really
  • 00:20:31.140 --> 00:20:33.020
  • taught the world is what it
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:34.230
  • is to be a good manager.
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  • Deuteronomy 14:23 says,
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  • "The purpose of tithing is
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  • to teach you to always fear
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  • the Lord your God."
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  • See, the real issue with
  • 00:20:40.280 --> 00:20:41.220
  • tithing, giving a tenth of all
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  • you earn, the Bible says,
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  • "Give 10% of your earnings
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  • to the Lord."
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  • It doesn't say to give 10% of
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  • your net, 10% of your gross.
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  • It just says, "Of your
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  • increase," whatever that
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:52.050
  • increase happens to be.
  • 00:20:52.050 --> 00:20:53.130
  • And so the bottom line is that
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  • God wants us to become tithers.
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  • This is important.
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  • You know, we don't tithe because
  • 00:20:57.130 --> 00:20:59.000
  • the church needs the money.
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  • We don't tithe because God
  • 00:21:00.070 --> 00:21:01.050
  • needs the money.
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  • He doesn't need the money.
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  • We tithe because
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  • we need to be blessed.
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:05.080
  • And it teaches us
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  • to fear the Lord.
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  • 2 Corinthians 9:7 says,
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:09.100
  • "You must each
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  • make up your own mind
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  • as to how much you should give.
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  • Don't give reluctantly or
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:13.230
  • in response to pressure
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  • for God loves a person
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  • who gives cheerfully.
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  • The word cheerfully means
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  • hilariously.
  • 00:21:17.250 --> 00:21:18.260
  • We give it, like [laughing]
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  • That's how we're supposed
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  • to give.
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  • We're supposed to
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  • give 'til it feels good,
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  • not give 'til it hurts.
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  • Give 'til it feels good.
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  • So I wanna encourage you
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  • to become a cheerful giver.
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  • And so God wants us to learn
  • 00:21:31.040 --> 00:21:32.210
  • to manage what we have
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  • and also to be a giver.
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  • What does this mean,
  • 00:21:35.220 --> 00:21:36.070
  • number three?
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  • We need to learn to be
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  • a good manager.
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  • So if you've been keeping up
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  • with me, number one is refuse
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  • to let my identity be defined
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  • by what I own.
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  • Number two, hold everything
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  • loosely because God owns it all.
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  • Number three, learn to be a good
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  • manager because you're actually
  • 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:50.290
  • managing not your resources.
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  • God owns all of it.
  • 00:21:54.240 --> 00:21:56.280
  • Did you know, the research
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:21:57.220
  • indicates that the average
  • 00:21:57.220 --> 00:21:58.240
  • American spends 10% annually
  • 00:21:58.240 --> 00:22:00.240
  • more than they make?
  • 00:22:00.240 --> 00:22:02.150
  • That means the more you make,
  • 00:22:02.150 --> 00:22:04.110
  • the more trouble you're
  • 00:22:04.110 --> 00:22:05.120
  • getting in.
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:07.040
  • God has a better way.
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  • He wants you to be set free.
  • 00:22:09.180 --> 00:22:10.200
  • One of the things--one of the
  • 00:22:10.200 --> 00:22:11.090
  • reasons we're teaching on this,
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:12.020
  • guys, is 'cause God wants you to
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:12.270
  • learn to be planted because when
  • 00:22:12.270 --> 00:22:14.240
  • things happen and you get hit,
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:17.020
  • you can stabilize
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  • and take the hit.
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:19.210
  • You know, right now,
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:20.200
  • the economy's bad.
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:21.110
  • But if you've been doing what
  • 00:22:21.110 --> 00:22:22.210
  • God wants you to do with your
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:23.200
  • money, then you can take the hit
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:24.190
  • and keep standing.
  • 00:22:24.190 --> 00:22:26.060
  • But if you're just
  • 00:22:26.060 --> 00:22:27.060
  • barely making it.
  • 00:22:27.060 --> 00:22:28.130
  • You just got too much debt
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:29.090
  • compared to your income,
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:30.200
  • then one hit with the economy
  • 00:22:30.200 --> 00:22:32.160
  • and you're over.
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  • Happens every day.
  • 00:22:34.180 --> 00:22:36.040
  • Businesses close
  • 00:22:36.040 --> 00:22:36.230
  • for this reason.
  • 00:22:36.230 --> 00:22:37.120
  • Churches close for this reason.
  • 00:22:37.120 --> 00:22:39.250
  • And so we gotta create this
  • 00:22:39.250 --> 00:22:40.220
  • thing that most of us don't like
  • 00:22:40.220 --> 00:22:41.270
  • to talk about called margin
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:43.270
  • where we spend less
  • 00:22:43.270 --> 00:22:45.040
  • than we earn.
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:46.060
  • There's a principle
  • 00:22:46.060 --> 00:22:47.070
  • I learned from my parents.
  • 00:22:47.070 --> 00:22:48.080
  • My parents learned this from
  • 00:22:48.080 --> 00:22:49.150
  • some financial gurus and I've
  • 00:22:49.150 --> 00:22:50.190
  • because of them.
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:53.070
  • Here's the principle.
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:54.120
  • It's the 10-10-80 plan.
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.240
  • This has really changed my life
  • 00:22:56.240 --> 00:22:58.080
  • and it can change yours too.
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:22:59.130
  • It's so simple.
  • 00:22:59.130 --> 00:23:00.080
  • I told you last week I was gonna
  • 00:23:00.080 --> 00:23:01.260
  • tell you how you can completely
  • 00:23:01.260 --> 00:23:03.020
  • change your financial situation,
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:04.250
  • virtually overnight.
  • 00:23:04.250 --> 00:23:06.060
  • Here's how.
  • 00:23:06.060 --> 00:23:06.290
  • 10-10-80.
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:07.210
  • Give 10% to God.
  • 00:23:07.210 --> 00:23:09.190
  • That commands a blessing
  • 00:23:09.190 --> 00:23:11.180
  • based upon Deuteronomy.
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:12.160
  • It commands a blessing
  • 00:23:12.160 --> 00:23:14.010
  • on the 90%.
  • 00:23:14.010 --> 00:23:15.220
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:16.210
  • God's commanded blessing on
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:17.260
  • your 90% is better than
  • 00:23:17.260 --> 00:23:19.050
  • your unblessed 100%.
  • 00:23:19.050 --> 00:23:21.100
  • So 10% to God.
  • 00:23:21.100 --> 00:23:22.210
  • Then 10% to savings.
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  • Save 10% of every paycheck.
  • 00:23:25.020 --> 00:23:26.260
  • Give 10% to God.
  • 00:23:26.260 --> 00:23:27.260
  • The next 10%
  • 00:23:27.260 --> 00:23:28.200
  • goes to your own savings.
  • 00:23:28.200 --> 00:23:30.090
  • You're giving to yourself
  • 00:23:30.090 --> 00:23:30.270
  • second.
  • 00:23:30.270 --> 00:23:32.200
  • So God first, then you second.
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:33.120
  • your bills, all the expenses of
  • 00:23:35.190 --> 00:23:37.000
  • everything else out of you--80%.
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:38.230
  • Some of you right now are
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:39.110
  • thinking, "Pastor,
  • 00:23:39.110 --> 00:23:40.080
  • I can't do it.
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:40.250
  • There's just no way
  • 00:23:40.250 --> 00:23:41.140
  • I could live on 80%."
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:42.180
  • But 5 years ago,
  • 00:23:42.180 --> 00:23:43.060
  • you were living on 80%.
  • 00:23:43.060 --> 00:23:45.190
  • That's where your paycheck was.
  • 00:23:45.190 --> 00:23:46.190
  • It was probably 80% about
  • 00:23:46.190 --> 00:23:47.210
  • what it is today.
  • 00:23:47.210 --> 00:23:48.180
  • So you proved
  • 00:23:48.180 --> 00:23:50.160
  • that you can do it.
  • 00:23:50.160 --> 00:23:51.080
  • We just keep upgrading
  • 00:23:51.080 --> 00:23:52.110
  • everything, right?
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:54.220
  • You stay in your house
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:55.110
  • a few more years.
  • 00:23:55.110 --> 00:23:56.140
  • Drive that car a few more years.
  • 00:23:56.140 --> 00:23:58.220
  • And you can easily do this.
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:24:00.100
  • It's very, very doable.
  • 00:24:00.100 --> 00:24:01.050
  • 10-10-80 really is
  • 00:24:01.050 --> 00:24:02.140
  • a game-changer.
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:04.030
  • There are two ways in which a
  • 00:24:04.030 --> 00:24:05.010
  • Christian may view his money.
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:06.230
  • Here's the two questions
  • 00:24:06.230 --> 00:24:07.250
  • we can ask.
  • 00:24:07.250 --> 00:24:08.260
  • How much of my money shall
  • 00:24:08.260 --> 00:24:10.100
  • I use for God?
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:11.130
  • Or how much of God's money
  • 00:24:11.130 --> 00:24:12.060
  • See, money has a way of making
  • 00:24:14.100 --> 00:24:16.030
  • us only about ourselves.
  • 00:24:16.120 --> 00:24:19.120
  • That's why Jesus said,
  • 00:24:19.120 --> 00:24:20.060
  • "It's harder for a rich man
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:23.020
  • to get to heaven."
  • 00:24:23.020 --> 00:24:24.000
  • What's he really saying?
  • 00:24:24.000 --> 00:24:24.230
  • It's harder for you to think
  • 00:24:24.230 --> 00:24:26.040
  • beyond yourself that there is
  • 00:24:26.040 --> 00:24:27.120
  • a God who loves you,
  • 00:24:27.120 --> 00:24:28.120
  • that you need.
  • 00:24:28.120 --> 00:24:29.280
  • When we're smug, when
  • 00:24:29.280 --> 00:24:31.260
  • we have everything we need,
  • 00:24:31.260 --> 00:24:32.270
  • we don't look to God.
  • 00:24:32.270 --> 00:24:33.270
  • But whenever we suddenly have
  • 00:24:33.270 --> 00:24:34.280
  • a need, "Oh, Lord, I need you."
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:37.110
  • A lot of prayers happen
  • 00:24:37.110 --> 00:24:39.080
  • in bankruptcy court.
  • 00:24:39.080 --> 00:24:42.070
  • Not a lot of prayers happen in
  • 00:24:42.070 --> 00:24:43.030
  • the suites of the fancy hotels
  • 00:24:43.030 --> 00:24:45.040
  • when you got all the money
  • 00:24:45.040 --> 00:24:47.130
  • flowing.
  • 00:24:47.130 --> 00:24:48.190
  • My challenge for you is this.
  • 00:24:48.190 --> 00:24:51.050
  • If you will trust the Lord with
  • 00:24:51.050 --> 00:24:53.180
  • your finances, and be a good
  • 00:24:53.180 --> 00:24:55.260
  • steward, if you will obey God
  • 00:24:55.260 --> 00:24:58.000
  • with what you have,
  • 00:24:59.020 --> 00:25:02.040
  • there is no amount of money
  • 00:25:02.040 --> 00:25:04.000
  • God won't give you.
  • 00:25:04.000 --> 00:25:06.100
  • D'you hear that?
  • 00:25:06.100 --> 00:25:08.210
  • If you continue to obey
  • 00:25:08.210 --> 00:25:10.110
  • him with it.
  • 00:25:10.120 --> 00:25:13.120
  • But you have to be faithful to
  • 00:25:13.120 --> 00:25:14.250
  • the Lord with it by handling it
  • 00:25:14.250 --> 00:25:17.100
  • correctly, giving, and saving,
  • 00:25:17.100 --> 00:25:20.080
  • and living a disciplined
  • 00:25:20.080 --> 00:25:21.180
  • financial life.
  • 00:25:21.180 --> 00:25:23.060
  • And if you'll do those things,
  • 00:25:23.060 --> 00:25:24.160
  • or as Dave Ramsey puts it,
  • 00:25:24.160 --> 00:25:26.040
  • I love this famous quote, "If
  • 00:25:26.040 --> 00:25:27.270
  • you'll today live like no other,
  • 00:25:27.270 --> 00:25:29.190
  • then one day you'll live like
  • 00:25:29.190 --> 00:25:31.100
  • no other."
  • 00:25:31.100 --> 00:25:32.260
  • It's a great quote.
  • 00:25:33.060 --> 00:25:36.060
  • We gotta do things differently.
  • 00:25:36.060 --> 00:25:37.050
  • We gotta break the back
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:38.060
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
  • 00:25:48.090 --> 00:25:49.080
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:49.080 --> 00:25:50.230
  • I've got a question for you.
  • 00:25:50.230 --> 00:25:51.280
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:51.280 --> 00:25:53.080
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:53.080 --> 00:25:54.230
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:54.230 --> 00:25:56.170
  • that guarantees that you will
  • 00:25:56.170 --> 00:25:58.140
  • go to heaven because
  • 00:25:58.140 --> 00:25:59.140
  • you know Jesus?
  • 00:25:59.140 --> 00:26:01.070
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:26:01.070 --> 00:26:02.020
  • me right now?
  • 00:26:02.020 --> 00:26:03.020
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:26:03.020 --> 00:26:03.290
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:03.290 --> 00:26:05.040
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:07.180 --> 00:26:08.270
  • for me to pay the price for
  • 00:26:08.270 --> 00:26:10.100
  • my sins and I believe
  • 00:26:10.100 --> 00:26:11.280
  • you rose again.
  • 00:26:11.280 --> 00:26:12.270
  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:12.270 --> 00:26:14.080
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:14.080 --> 00:26:17.020
  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
  • 00:26:17.020 --> 00:26:18.230
  • - female announcer: Have you
  • 00:26:22.170 --> 00:26:23.070
  • ever wondered what God says
  • 00:26:23.070 --> 00:26:23.290
  • about today's most
  • 00:26:23.290 --> 00:26:24.280
  • controversial subjects?
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  • - Bil: God has too many great
  • 00:26:26.120 --> 00:26:27.180
  • plans for your life for you to
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  • - announcer: As a thank you
  • 00:26:31.140 --> 00:26:32.140
  • for your gift of any amount
  • 00:26:32.140 --> 00:26:34.000
  • to Bil Cornelius Ministries,
  • 00:26:34.000 --> 00:26:35.020
  • we would like to send
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  • you a copy of
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  • Pastor Bil's message series,
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  • - Bil: This is not gonna last
  • 00:26:40.030 --> 00:26:41.050
  • forever.
  • 00:26:41.050 --> 00:26:42.000
  • There is hope for you.
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  • Christ has a purpose for you.
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