I. This Sunday in Church
Bible Readings for This Sunday (October
Sermons for This Sunday (October
II. This Week's Featured Articles
3. What is
Worship of mammon can show up in many ways. It isn't always through a continual
lust for more money. When we envy others' wealth, are anxious over potentially
unmet needs, disobey God's directives about the use of wealth, or fail to trust
God's love and faithfulness, our thinking is out of balance concerning material
Serving Two Masters
Jesus makes it clear that the choice often comes down to God
on the one hand and "Mammon"- a word that denotes wealth and possessions
- on the
other. True, His audience, mostly Jews, had and still have a reputation for
pursuing wealth overmuch, but His true audience is everyone. We all want more
things, and we sometimes go to extreme measures to get them. When faced with the
decision of following God or following the money, too many pick the latter, and
in doing so, reveal our true loyalties. ..
Serving One Master
Jesus reminds us over and over what our priorities must be. We have been
saved by the blood of Christ. His saving grace is a gift outright. Baptism
makes us Christians, but only if we live in his love. If we don't, we're
really not Christians...
Where's Your Treasure?
The Rich Farmer parable points to the futility of devoting one's life to
accumulating possessions in light of the coming judgment. Earlier in Luke's
Gospel, Jesus says, "Woe to you who are rich now, for you have received your
consolation" (Lk 6:24). Several questions come to mind after reading this brief
God and Mammon
In fact, it is Mammon who loves bookkeeping, and God who loves us when we give
away the assets. No wonder Jesus loved this manager, who stopped serving money,
and chose to serve need. ...
God and Mammon
Attentive devotion to the will of God is the only thing that will give
Christians the independent judgment needed, whatever the system in play. The
moral imperative for Christians remains love, mercy, and care for the
widowed and orphaned. Capitalism doesn't speak to those issues, but
Christians who live within its confines must not only speak to those needs,
but act to meet them. ...
God Looks Beyond the Surface
Your Creator can see things in you that other people cannot see. Sometimes
people will try to push you down or make you feel insignificant. Sometimes
our own thoughts will try to convince us that we don't measure up. But God
looks beyond the surface, beyond the mistakes you've made, beyond what
somebody said about you and sees your incredible value. ...
III. General Weekly Features
Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Swirl
It is October. Everywhere you look, you see pumpkins
and decorations for Halloween. And thanksgiving is not too far off. So, here
is a great recipe for a Pumpkin bread...
Family: Armchair Critics Lend Insight on Keys to Marriage
Marriage takes a lot of getting over it. They don't teach you that in school.
It's something you learn, if you're lucky, on the rocky road between "I do" and
"I don't think so." My husband and I consider ourselves lucky. ...
Family Special - The Role of the Wife: Helper
The key priority of the wife is her husband, not her work, ministry or
child. Somewhere along the way, I thought the children were the first
priority because of their young age and innocence. Hubby can easily fend for
himself, I thought. I was so wrong. Maybe I didn't know how to balance my
Self Improvement: Luck's Got Nothing To Do With It
We can go 3,000 years back in time to the book of Job in the Hebrew scriptures
and hear him crying, "That which I feared has come upon me!" Of course it did,
that's the law. What you think about, comes about. And yet people still moan and
groan about "bad luck" and how they never get any breaks. As you wish!
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