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The Sacredness of Money

The Sacredness of Money

by Curt Whiteside | Giving is Living

In her book, Total Truth, author and apologist Nancy Pearcy writes about a cultural phenomenon where evangelical Christianity has be relegated to an isolated corner of society and pushed out of the mainstream of our culture. Christianity has been pigeon-holed into this thing we do on Sunday mornings, separate from the real world. She calls this the public/private split.

One of the most common areas where we’re likely to separate public from private, and secular from sacred is with our money. What Pearcy talks about on a large, macro level, Jesus talks about on the personal, heart, and micro level in Matthew 6:19-24. Whatever we value the most inevitably occupies the center of our hearts – the center of personality that controls our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Jesus explains to us (Matthew 6:21), “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

sermon by: Elder Curt Whiteside
date:02.10.2019

Encouraging Commitment

Encouraging Commitment

by Larry Murray | Giving is Living

It was over Thanksgiving break during my sophomore year of college (1987) that Walt Baker asked me (Larry) to consider going to Haiti with him and others the following summer. The faithful provision of the Lord Jesus through the generous giving from His church encouraged me to go, serve, and trust Him.

In the early church (Acts 4:32-35), we see the contrasting motives of Barnabas’ giving (Acts 4:36-37) and Ananias’ deception (Acts 5:1-10). Barnabas’ gift was given with a heart of sacrifice; Ananias was prompted by a desire for recognition.

When we sacrificially give to the Lord Jesus and serve Him with our lives, He is glorified, the church is unified, and our lives are edified.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:02.03.2019

From God TO God

Would God ask us to give something that we don’t have to give? Would God ask us to do something we are not able to do?

In the book of Exodus, God asked His people to build a tabernacle, “make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8) In the story of the funding, construction, furnishing, and operation of the tabernacle (Exodus 35), we find principles for the work of God provided by the people of God for the glory of God. God is personally involved in the process of moving His people in order to accomplish His purposes here on Earth.

It’s easy to make assumptions about our giving: we go to work, we earn the money, we develop our skills, we decide how much to give, we write the checks, we schedule our own calendars -it seems that giving is centered around us. But in reality, God is involved in every aspect of giving from providing the resources to receiving the gifts. Giving is from God TO God. As we discover in Exodus 35, our giving is prescribed by God, prearranged by God, produced by God, and, ultimately, presented to God, 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:01.27.2019

Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

by Jeff Edmunds | PBC Sermons

What is a steward? Someone who takes care of someone else’s stuff – like a babysitter taking care of someone else’s child or children. A faithful steward is responsible, knowing they will one day be held accountable.

In his Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), JESUS shares a story to illustrate that owners (like parents) have rights and stewards (like babysitters) have responsibilities. So our responsibility is to be faithful in managing all that JESUS has given us according to his desires and purposes knowing that he is coming back soon so we can share his joy.

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds
date:01.20.2019

Motives for Giving

When it comes to living for God and giving to His work on earth, we are committed to honoring the Lord with our time and our treasures for His eternal kingdom, but we’ll never have the resolve to follow through with our good intentions without the right motivation. In order to live a life of giving, we need to answer the question, “Why?”  Why should we give to others and to the Lord’s work through the church?

In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to facilitate a financial gift for suffering believers in Jerusalem. They were eager to give and had the desire to give, but they didn’t have the right motivation to actually give. So, Paul appeals to their hearts (and ours) by presenting 5 motives for generous giving to the Lord and others.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:01.13.2019

Hallelujah to the King

Hallelujah to the King

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

George Frederik Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering that burst onto the stage of Music Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. Since then, it has become more closely associated with Christmas because of its emphasis on the Birth of Christ – For unto Us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.But the crowning piece of Handel’s oratorio is the Hallelujah Chorus! “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! Forever and ever!”

Psalm 150 is the Hallelujah Chorus of the Old Testament, an orchestra of praise where every instrument imaginable is poised and lifted up in worship, celebrating God’s incomparable greatness. In fact, the last 5 Psalms  (146-150) all start with the emphatic encouragement to praise the Lord.

Hallelujah! Praising God for who He is and for what He has done is the eternal purpose of our lives.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:12.30.2018

Coming of the King

The circumstances of how Jesus came to Earth as a baby in Bethlehem (Luke 2) help us as we wait patiently for His return as King (Revelation 19).

God often uses the insignificant actions of others, like Caesar Augustus, to bring about His purposes (Luke 2:1-3). He often uses the inconvenient circumstances of our lives, like Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, to align us with His plans (Luke 2:4-6). And He even uses the selfish intentions of others and social injustices of this world, like the crucifixion of Jesus, to prepare the way for His Kingdom (Luke 2:7; 18:31-33;19:36-38).

How we respond to the actions of others, the circumstances of life, and the issues of our day require trust in God’s character, plans, and power.

 

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:12.16.2018

Anticipation of the King

Anticipation of the King

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Anticipation! Anticipation is the wonder of Christmas. We wait expectantly for the presents under the tree. As we grow older, we wait in anticipation for the presence of loved ones around the tree. Anticipation means there is more to come. Christmas anticipates something wonderful: the indescribable gift of JESUS. God’s gift of His Son is greater than any present we’ll find under or around a tree.

In the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56, we find Elizabeth and Mary – two ordinary women who anticipate the extra-ordinary gift of God. We discover two godly examples of how we should worship God with magnificent anticipation.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:12.09.2018

Promise of the King

Joy to the World, the Lord is come, Let Earth receive her King.

When “Joy to the World” first appeared in Isaac Watt’s hymnal of 1719, it was originally titled, “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.” Watt’s intent for the hymn was celebrating the promise of Christ’s second coming as King to Jerusalem more than His first coming as an infant to Bethlehem. Celebrate the Promise of the King as we examine the Announcement of His coming to Mary in the Gospel of Luke 1:26-38.

Let every heart prepare Him room…  Mary’s heart is a model for ours. Her response to Gabriel’s announcement is an example for ours.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date:12.02.2018

SPRING 2019 Sermon Series

What does it look like to follow Jesus? What’s expected? What’s the cost? How do we do it? From March 3-April 28, we’ll examine specific passages, instructions from JESUS in the Gospel of Luke to see what it looks like to follow Him, how to trust Him, and how to rely on the Holy Spirit along the way.

03.03 Luke 4:1-13  
Overcoming Temptation

03.10  Luke 5:1-11, 29-32  
Hanging Out with Sinners 

03.17  Luke 7:36-50 
Forgiving Others

03.24  Luke 9:18-27  
Carrying Your Cross

03.31  Luke 10:1-12  
Talking about God’s Kingdom

04.07 Luke 17:11-19  
Praising & Thanking God

04.14 Luke 22:14-20 
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper  

04.21  Luke 24:13-35 
Recognizing the Resurrected Savior  

04.28 Luke 24:36-49 
Continuing Jesus’ Mission 

 

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