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8:15 am and 11:00 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
9:40 Christian Education for All Ages!
Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during the service after children's moment with the pastor
Toddler care available during service
The reports in the media say that our economy is showing signs of life. Mortgage rates are still at an all-time low, housing starts are up in many areas. Unemployment numbers are improving and Amazon will hire a record number of employees this holiday season to react to increased consumer demand. And all is well in the land of OZ. Or is it? Many Americans are still unable to find work and the recovery has not made its way into the pocketbooks of many Americans. Although the bloodletting in my investments has stopped, I still question if I will ever be able to afford retirement.
A few things I have learned during difficult financial times is I don't like losing money and I don't like worrying about money. I don't like the emotions that cause me to question the future. I don't like to wonder about college tuition for my kids. I don't like to worry that I will have too many days left at the end of my money.
But another thing I have learned is not to put my hope in my money. My hope is first and foremost in the Lord. My money will always let me down – my Lord never will. The Psalmist wrote:
"Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever." (Psalm 146:5-6)
God gives me the freedom to make a choice each and every day. Will I choose to worry and fear about the gold that rusts? Or will I put my hope and trust in the Lord who remains faithful forever? Fear is a choice and so is hope. When my family and I commit over 10% of our income to the ministries at Trinity, we are making a statement that fear will not consume us.
My prayer for this congregation is that we all find liberation from finding security in what is insecure and temporary and learn to truly put our hope in the One who is truly trustworthy!
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (1 Timothy 6:17-19)