American Idolatry: Money

So to kick off this new series on Idolatry, let’s first define the word idol. An idol is anything that you worship in the place of God. When we worship idols we are in violation of the first commandment and quite possibly the second: You shall have no other gods before me and you shall not make any idols. The first commandment covers the big picture: No other gods. An idol is something that we make into a god. Now some, like in Bible times, were actual items of worship, like a golden calf or in our time and buddha statue. Other idols could be ones that we can’t see, like the Sun God Ra, or in today’s case – Money.

You’ve heard the old saying, Money is the root of all evil right? Well, that’s not the actual saying, the real saying is the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Money, like many things, is not inherently evil by itself, it’s our love and worship of it that makes it the root of evil. People for ages have worshiped at the foot of money and yet walked away broke and lost. Others have amassed fortunes of it, only to realize that it cannot be taken with them to the grave.

Jesus himself had a lot to say about money. Jesus seemed to talk about money more than just about anything else. Out of 40 parables, he spoke on money at least 11 times. This tells us how important money was to Jesus. But why? I think Jesus spoke on it so much because he knew our hearts. He knew that this is an area for struggle for most people.

I think most people find it easier to trust God with their health than their money. People find it easier to trust that God will take them to heaven than trusting God will take care of them financially. We tend to spend most of our lives worrying about money, especially if you aren’t rich. And all of this worry is really another form of worship. We worship Continue reading

Interview with Craig Stover

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In this episode, I interview Craig Stover. Craig has an amazing testimony of how God saved him from not only his sins, but from himself. Craig and I also spend some time discussing marriage and how asking deep questions can bring you closer together as a couple. Be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. Prepare to be encouraged!

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My Story: Called by God

In this special episode, I continue the series on my personal walk with Christ. This time I’m looking at what it’s like to be called by God and the profound impact it’s had on my life. I believe we are all called by God for a specific purpose and that calling can get us through some of the toughest times in our lives.

 

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” Ephesians 4_30

This week we’ve been having a discussion surrounding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. So far we’ve discussed it on the podcast, which can be found here:

And we’ve spent some time on the blog talking about resisting the Holy Spirit, found here:

Resisting the Holy Spirit

Today, let’s look at what it looks like to grieve the Holy Spirit. The word grieve comes from the word grief which means to cause deep sorrow. Obviously when we grieve we Continue reading

Special Series – Parenting #1

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In this special episode, I sit down with my wife to discuss a book we are reading called “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” written by Tedd Tripp. We discuss the general premise of this book, which is that all of our actions are controlled by our heart and children are best corrected by dealing with the heart issue, not the behavior. The behavior is simply a symptom of a deeper underlying issue. We hope you will enjoy this special series. Please feel free to share with your friends and family!

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Speak Lord, Your Servant Hears – Hearing

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Continuing on our theme this week, we have been talking about praying and hearing from God. If you haven’t taken the time to listen to this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, please do so now by clicking on the play button below.

We also spent some time on Tuesday’s blog post diving deeper into what this means by recognizing our role as a servant. You can catch up that by clicking on the link below:

Speak Lord, Your Servant Hears – Serving

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EP # 5 – The Power of Prayer

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In this episode, we look at one of most fundamental elements of the Christian faith – prayer. Specifically we look at the need for us to have God speak into our lives by using the example of Samuel. Our Good News segment is about the nephew of the Masterpiece Cake owner becoming a Christian. Our unreached people group for the week is the Hakka of China. And Today’s Word is found in John 2:15-25. This famous passage talks about Jesus throwing the money changers out of the temple!

Speak, Lord. Your servant hears.

As we have been talking about living for Christ daily, one of the main issues that needs to Continue reading