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It is impossible to follow Jesus in a society as prosperous as America without ever wrestling with the question of what He wants you to do with your money.
Unfortunately, answers to that question–even by those who claim to teach the Bible–vary so dramatically that, lacking clarity, we gravitate toward our preferences … or, to use the language of the apostle Paul, we gather around us a great number of teachers to say what our itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).
But I dare you to find a prosperity preacher who regularly quotes the Gospel of Luke. Why? Well, let’s just say Luke doesn’t scratch where we itch.
But integrity demands that we brace ourselves and let Luke speak, because his Gospel contains far more words of Jesus on the subject of money and possessions than any other New Testament book. So this Sunday at White Pine, we are going to highlight every quote of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke that has financial implications.
I promise you this: Clarity.
Picture two roads diverging in the woods. One is broad, level and crowded with hikers. The other is narrow, steep and occupied by one lone figure–Jesus.
Why follow Him instead of them?
Between now and Easter Sunday, we are going to study the map (the Gospels) to see what we can expect if we continue to follow Jesus every time we come to a fork in the road. Knowing both the cost and the reward will prepare us to take the less traveled route all the way to a destination like no other.
How will your faith hold up when it’s put to the test? When it’s under fire?
It’s one thing to believe something. It’s quite another to put it to action!
Watch this week’s sermon to understand how YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST IS NOT TESTED TRUE UNLESS IT’S BEEN TEMPERED UNDER FIRE.
It may be distractingly obvious or carefully concealed, but whether others see it or not, you feel its potential-robbing power constantly. Whatever you call it–a handicap, a disability, a limitation, a challenge, a thorn in the flesh–it makes you wonder what might have been had you not been afflicted like no one else you know.
Believe it or not, you are surrounded with people who feel exactly like you. Personal liabilities and limitations are as common as … well, as persons.
So why doesn’t God fix us? What purpose could He possibly have in leaving us in our weakened condition? That’s the question we’ll find answers to this Sunday at White Pine. If you come with an open heart, I dare say you’ll leave with gratitude for whatever liability you have been entrusted with.
If life was a road, it would be the fork that changed your destiny. If life was a sculpture, it would be the hammer blow that fractured the possibility of a masterpiece. If life was a story, it would be the plot twist that forever darkened the narrative.
However you think about your biggest regret, it changed everything, didn’t it? How do you make peace with that part of your past and lean into the future with confidence and passion? You will see that you are not alone in your struggle to shed the baggage of regret. I hope you’ll listen and hear an encouraging whisper from God about how even that is part of His Plan A for your life.
Philip Yancey wrote: “Doubt is the skeleton in the closet of faith.”
It’s as common as can be, yet we feel like we’re alone in our doubts because nobody is saying, “Me too.”
We’ll talk about why so many of us struggle with doubts. More importantly, we’ll formulate a plan to dispel them.
Nothing is more common than feeling all alone.
Ironic as that sounds, we’ve all said to ourselves:
“No one understands what I’m going through.”
“I’m the only one who struggles with this.”
“Where is God when I need Him most?”
But if you come to White Pine throughout the month of February, you will see how powerfully isolation distorts the truth. Others can relate, God is near, and there is hope.
Want to sit in a crowd and hear God’s voice as if He were speaking to you alone? See you Sunday.
What a great month January has been at White Pine! The vision of impacting all the communities north of Portland as deeply as we have the towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth is both daunting and exciting–daunting because we know we can’t do it on our own but exciting because we know God can do it through us! And we trust that He will as each of us PRAYS FOR ONE and OWNS OUR TOWN.
But just as important as how we pray and what we see is whether we speak. Our outreach must be verbal as well as visual, so I want to help you find your voice. Will it take courage? Yes. Will it require that you become someone you’re not? No. Come and see how God wants to use one-of-a-kind you to help others in your town find and follow Jesus.
Why do you live where you live?
There may be several answers to that question, but none is more significant than this one: Because God put you there.
Which raises another question: What was His purpose for putting you there?
I hope to help you ponder the implications of the fact that God is sovereign over your address. It’s part of our vision series,
because one of the best clues to what God has in mind for us is where He has planted you.
If I told you that God can use you like no one else to help the person you most want to end up in heaven to find and follow Jesus, would you believe me? What if I said that your personality, your Bible knowledge, your past sins, your spiritual gifts, your hurts, hang-ups and handicaps are irrelevant? And what if I promised to share with you the one one thing that you can do that your pre-Christian friend cannot resist? Would that make you want to be in church this Sunday?
I’ll be continuing to share our elders’ vision for the future of White Pine, and I so want you there, because I know God wants to speak to you very personally, not just about His plans for you, but also about His love for you.