Links of the Week

  1. According to Christianity Today, being a pastor is a risky profession. This is a helpful article for pastor’s to know the dangers and for their churches to know how to support and pray for their pastor.
  2. Brent Thomas gives his favorite albums of the year so far. Admittedly, I have none of these, some were on the list, but they’re now moving up the list.
  3. How the gospel makes us generous and content with our money.
  4. Ed Stetzer on Freedom of religion has to be freedom for everyone.
  5. New Barna research on how churches are impacting their community and how they are viewed by their communities.
  6. Will Mancini on 6 ways to communicate vision every week. This is helpful and important for leaders to understand.
  7. The missional student ministry. Makes me grateful for the leadership Paul Samson gives to Rev uP.
  8. Pete Wilson Taking a digital detox. I cherish going on vacation, leaving my computer at home and handing Katie my phone so I don’t check it.
  9. Spiritual warfare in the home. This is real and you need to pray against it.
  10. Michael Hyatt on 5 reasons you need to get better at saying “No.”
  11. Instant churches. We are blessed to meet in another church, but I definitely could see us having 1 or more sites that meet in schools in the future.
  12. Charles Stone on 5 really bad ways pastors react when people compare them to more successful churches.
  13. Factors that predict multiplication of communities.
  14. R.C. Sproul on Understanding what the Bible says on homosexuality.
  15. Leadership red flags.

Next Series: How to be Rich

This fall, we are preaching line by line through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7). It is Jesus’ longest recorded sermon and covers everything from heaven, hell, marriage, money, prayer, fasting, forgiveness, and what it means to follow Jesus.

To go through this sermon, we are breaking it into 4 smaller series. The third series is called How to be Rich.

Now, before you get confused, the series is called How to be rich not, How to get rich. There is a big difference.

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How do you define being rich? Is it simply about having a larger house, 401K, boat, cars? What if you have all of those, more than anyone else, will you be rich? What if you have all of those and are poorer than everyone who has less than you when it comes to stuff?

So, what does it mean to be rich?

That’s what we’ll be looking at in this series as try to uncover “How to be rich”:

  • November 7: Who’s on First? (Matthew 6:1 – 4)
  • November 14: What do we Want from our Money? (Matthew 6:5 – 15)
  • November 21: Finding Freedom (Matthew 6:16 – 18)
  • November 28: He Who Dies With the Most Toys Wins (Matthew 6:19 – 24)
  • December 5: Worrying About Making it Through the Month (Matthew 6:25 – 34) 

Why People Don’t Give Back to God

“Some people lack the motivation to give away their hard-earned money because the church has failed to provide a compelling vision for how the money will make a difference in the world. These are donors who can find other uses for their money and are not excited about simply handing money over to the church. The second group is those who see their giving as leverage on the future. They withhold money from the church because they do not see a sufficient return on their investment. The third segment is comprised of people who do not realize the church needs their money to be effective. Their church has done an inadequate job of asking for money, so people remain oblivious to the church’s expectations and potential. The fourth group is composed of those who are ignorant of what the Bible teaches about our responsibility to apply God’s resources in ways that affect lives. The final category contains those who are just selfish. They figure they worked hard for their money and it’s theirs to use as they please. Their priorities revolve around their personal needs and desires.” – Barna Research quoted in Money Matters in Church