Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”  Luke 12:5 coins in hand

Stewarding Life: The premise of this month’s teaching series is that Life is a gift from God for which we are ultimately accountable. So far we wrestled with how to make the most of our time and talents from an eternal perspective. This week’s topic is how to make the most of our money. Try not to groan just yet. My purpose is to help you make sure money is your servant and NOT your master and to leave your heart more blessed than stressed.

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matt 6:25

Of course we need money to make life work in this age, but our lives are much more than our money or lack of money. Yet for most of us money is often the source of our greatest fear, worry, frustrations and disappointments. When this happens our concern about finances can begin to cloud every decision and steal joy from other moments. Then all the other voices that tell us what we should have done or should be doing with this part of our lives complicate it. This tends to add regret and even hopelessness to the worries we already carry.

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stewardinglife promo“So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Welcome to the new year. New resolve, new opportunity, and a new start all run face first into the old wall… BUSYNESS. We all feel busy… too busy. But busy with what? We want to be effective, to simplify, to streamline, and ultimately to rest! But how in the world can we? As Christ followers we occasionally remember that our lives matter to God but busyness chokes out this awareness and steals away the quality of life we long for. Jesus said he came to give abundant life to all who would trust in Him. Surely the pressure and pace of our age is not what He meant.

What does your schedule reveal about your life? Your heart? Your values & character?

Life is an incredible, frightening, joyful, frustrating gift from our Creator. It is meant to be lived in relationship with Him. As Christ followers, we recognize the added layer of being accountable to God for the lives we are given. Surely the crazy busy pace of our world is not what He wants for His children. But if not, how are we meant to make the most of the life He has given us?

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We have a special treat in our services this Sunday. Brady Cone of Kearney is a living, breathing example of the power of the gospel. This week you will have the opportunity to hear his story and get a deeper understanding of how Jesus works in all of us. There is a brief bio with information on his current ministry at the close of this blog.

How do you feel about the sexually wounded and the gender confused? Is there hatred, disgust, fear & prejudice? Or as one familiar with their own sin can you see others as Christ sees us all.

Let me tell you why I am excited about him teaching us this weekend. In a world where gender confusion is at an all time high and Christ followers are called haters for even suggesting it is a problem the light of Jesus must remain front and center. I have watched the past few years as those who believe greater gender & sexual freedom is more enlightened have tested the waters across our state. The issue cluster has been pressed gently within the NSAA, the city government of Omaha, and most recently the Lincoln Public school system. This summer the Human Rights campaign quietly opened their first office in our state and now we have our first lawsuit challenging marriage laws that define marriage at heterosexual. That is a lot to chew on and honestly I have neither answers to strategies to address those trends in our state. I share this only to emphasize that we do in fact live in a culture that calls evil good and good evil.

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