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Series:  Working For Christ

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Jesus spent three years preaching and working miracles, and most likely about 18 years as a carpenter. That’s six times as many years as a carpenter.  At the very least, we know that he worked as a carpenter long enough to have gained a reputation as “Jesus the carpenter” to the people of Nazareth.

The fact that Jesus spent so much of his life working in the marketplace reveals several important lessons for everyone who works outside of the church, spending the bulk of their lives on the job.

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WORK.gifSeries:  Working For Christ - Discovering How Your Calling, Career, Creativity and Community all connect to fulfill God's purpose and design for your life.

7/22/12

In Eden, God assigned humankind work to do. They were to till the garden and to guard it (Gen. 2:15). They were to serve as both farmer and watchman. They had a calling and that calling was his work. All work has a divine purpose and is a divine calling. Not just work in the church, but all work...all work is holy unto God. Let’s consider what the Scripture teaches us about work, so that we can have a proper view of work, and so that we can fulfill our divine purpose and calling.

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Honor God

Series:  The Blessed Life

7/8/11

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There are 500 verses in the Bible on faith, 370 verses on loving others, and 270 verses on prayer, but more than 2000 on money and possessions.  So this is a very important subject spiritually. Now I know that these are difficult economic times, but that is all the more reason that we need to talk about this critical subject. In the current financial environment, many people are thinking ab

out their finances.  There are professionals called financial planners, who help people to develop a path to attain their financial goals, whether that goal is to buy a house or pay for their kids education or for retirement. But we need ask do our plans line up with God’s plan (Mal. 3: 7-12)?  God is the best and most trustworthy financial planner. God’s plans are the very best, and in His Word, He has given us the wisdom we need to avoid the bondage of debt, to walk in His favor, to live a blessed life, and to have the security and peace of mind to know that He is our provider, and He will supply all of our needs.  Mal 3:7-12 sets out God’s financial plan for us. If we will follow it, we will experience the blessings He promises.

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7/1/12

David had been preparing to build a House for the Lord for 27 years, because his heart was grieved that he lived in a palace, while the ark dwelt in a tent (2 Sam 7:2). David goes on to say that he was giving more than 112 tons of gold from Ophir and over 262 tons of refined silver to build the house of the Lord (v. 4), the equivalent of about $17 million today. Now we think giving is private between us and God: , so why did David publicly announce how much he was giving?  David wasn’t boasting, or seeking recognition, because v17 testifies of the righteousness of his heart in giving. David was standing before the people as an example of commitment to God and His house, an example of a life that honors God, a life God blesses. You may say well I don’t have millions, maybe not at this moment, but the average American will have approximately $2 million pass thru their hands in their lifetime, and God can only give us what he knows he can trust us with to honor Him. David wasn’t always a millionaire, he started out as a shepherd boy, then a soldier and ultimately a King. However, one thing remained consistent, he had a heart after God, and that is why God blessed and prospered Him. David’s prayer reveals several vital truths about the life God blesses.

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