Sunday Debrief: Dealing With Worry (2/23/14)

I am amazed at the things in my own life that don’t align with what Jesus would want from those who follow him. None hit so close to home as the statements about worry from Matthew 6 (ok, a few actually do). 

I’d love to think that it were as easy as simply being happy instead of not worrying (and Robin Williams makes me think that perhaps it is), but I know it is much more complex than that. 

So what do we do if we can’t just “be happy?” . . .

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Sunday Debrief: Where’s Your Heart? (2/16/14)

If you were at our 10:45 service, you know that JP and Jennifer Harris are now at the top of the “People I Love and Owe a Few Lunches to” list. If you weren’t, then you’ll just have to wonder why.

On to Sunday!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” says our Savior. We say, “Yeah, but you don’t know what it’s like to own an iPad, iMac, iPhone, MacBook, or car.” You’re right. Jesus didn’t own a car (at least not that I can see from the four Gospels). Jesus also didn’t own a closet. So what would he know about stuff?

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

So do we have a high priest who knows what it is like to be tempted with things? To have a place to lay his head? Tempted to find value in possessions rather than the father? Absolutely. And do you know what he says? Stuff rusts and disappears. . .

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(From my science experiment Sunday morning—it isn’t sweet tea. It’s rust.)

Jesus has much to say about where our hearts are. . .

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Sunday Debrief: A New Kind of Normal (2/9/14)

This past Sunday we kicked off our Transformation 2014 campaign. This isn’t your mama’s stewardship campaign. This is an all-out, months-in-the-making, idol-crushing look at how we handle our finances in light of Jesus and all he has done for us (not the “please give us your money so we can build a new building” campaign). 

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This campaign idea actually started years ago in the minds and hearts of many in our church (though we’ve been working diligently the past eleven months in this unique expression). For years The Chapel has had folks who counsel people financially, and time and time again they’ve encountered people of all ages and financial situations who are in terrible—even idolatrous—financial situations. 

My brothers, this should not be. 

Rather than just preach at people and tell them to get their house in order, we wanted to take it a step further. We are also offering a tool to help our families consider their finances. That tool is Financial Peace University. So while we preach on Sundays around the issues of the heart regarding finance, our whole church is going through FPU at the same time (or as many as possible—currently around 600). . .

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