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Sermon Response: Financial Management

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Here's the post with this week's devotional on Financial Management.

This week, Pastor Ed Allen continued his series on Self-Management by talking about Financial Management.  This is continuing to discuss a practice we strive for as a congregation, Using our resources with wisdom and purpose.

We looked at I Timothy 6:9 and 18-19.  From John Piper, he noted that what you feel about money can destroy you, or it can secure the foundation of eternal life for you.

Our goal is to use our money in a way that will do us the greatest and longest gain (with an eternal perspective).

The rest of the sermon focused on II Corinthians 9:6-15, which has the most critically important principle about giving:

Happily give what you've decided to give.

We looked at 5 truths from this passage:

1)  We should make a decision about giving.

God isn't interested in casual giving.

2)  Our attitude in giving should be joy.

Reluctance doesn't please God.

3)  You cannot outpace God in your desire to give.

If you truly desire to give more, God will provide it.

Sometimes God waits for us to begin, then He supplies.

4)  Our giving will be blessed by God.

We'll be enriched, to be generous.

5)  Our giving results in a riot of praise and blessing and growth!

Pastor Ed finished with some Application Suggestions:

1)  Take the next step in managing your finances well this week.

2)  Take the next step in generosity.


Now, Gateway, how has this sermon played out in your life?  Any additional thoughts?  Experiences to share?

Sermon Response: Time Management

I'm thinking about trying something different in posting about Sunday's sermon.  In the past, I've posted detailed notes.  Now I'm wondering if we'd get more response if I just post a summary and ask for comments.  Did the sermon touch your life this week?  Did it remind you of something?  Are you having trouble living it out?  Did God speak to you through it?

Last week, Pastor Ed Allen started a new series.  He's going to be covering Self Management: The Toughest Job. 

This year we're going to look at the basics of Gateway's mission, nurturing a balanced spiritual life by growing UP toward God in worship, IN toward God's people in community, and OUT toward the world.  We have 7 habits related to that mission, and for this series on Self Management, we're focusing on the first habit:

Use resources with wisdom and purpose.

This week we looked at Time Management, focusing on Ephesians 5:15-17.

We want to be very careful how we live, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.  Casual living won't produce dynamic lives, the kind of lives we were designed to live.  For some of us, God's call is to wake up.  For others, God's call is to get still.

At the end, Pastor Ed proposed some practical helps in this quest toward spending today on what matters.

Practical helps:

1)  Get prayer today.

The Prayer Team is always down front after the service, ready to pray with you.

2)  Make the ordering of your inner world a daily priority this week.

Visit this blog (see previous post) for daily devotional thoughts to help you in this.

3)  Start it today, whatever it is.

Procrastination is an issue.

4)  Find a good mentor.

If you can't find a mentor, find a book.  Some suggestions:

Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald

The Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

The Spirit of the Disciplines, by Dallas Willard

(More in the Devotional blog post.)

5)  Experiment with a new spiritual habit this winter.



Fasting from electronics?


Okay, now let's use the comments, Gateway.  What happened this week when you tried to live out some of these suggestions?

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