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As we continue our study series, the next area of life that we look at that tends to put people in bondage and steal their joy is finances. So many people are struggling with bills and money issues and there is help in the struggle.

In this study, we will look at what the Bible teaches about finances and provide practical and free help with how to move forward from today in new ways towards freedom! If you are struggling or just want a better understanding of God’s ways with the finances you have, we invite you to join in!

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In the fourth installment of our study on areas that block us from experiencing God the way He desires for us to, we are tackling one of the biggest challenges.

Few things overwhelm, distract and control us like the drive to control the perceived needs in our lives. It can bring bondage, fear and stress. When we can’t pay the bills, are looking for a relationship to complete us, or things just seem to be falling apart, it can be overwhelming.

Join us as we explore the promises of God and His instructions on how we can have freedom in the area of provision!

“When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control. Letting go of our ‘dependence on independence’ and letting someone else take control goes against natural human instinct. We need to fight the urge to take over and just let God be God, because He can provide for us better than we can.”

― Corallie Buchanan, Watch Out! Godly Women on the Loose

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One of the biggest struggles people have is how they handle their money. I hear about it all the time and it causes huge challenges in people’s lives.

I believe the biggest contributing factor to this avoidable stress is consumerism. In a Walmart era, we have moved into buying what we want, for as cheap as possible, and to live with a desire to hoard our money. I understand we are in a recession but I’m convinced some of that is our own fault.
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The third in the “Rise” series dealing with financial stewardship….

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It’s that time of year again! Take a little trip to Polaris, Easton, or Tuttle Crossing Mall and you will see it. The economy is trying to regain some traction as shoppers ring up the sales as gifts find new homes moving from the shelves to under the tree.

It’s that time of year again! You just have to turn on the news to hear “experts” telling us the price of gas is going up because of increased travel plans. The next story will be about the droves of families heading to the airport with tickets paid for on the Visa (looking for more frequent miles) as they head to a family get together.

It’s that time of year again! Pastors, both national and in your local church, are warning you of materialism during a season that should be focused on the celebration of the new born Jesus Christ. They encourage to put the emphasis where it belongs and not get lost in the hustle and bustle going on around us.

In a time when people are overwhelmed in credit card debt, dissatisfaction, and wondering where it all went, let’s ask the question “What about the rest of the year?”

Paul instructs Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6). This teaching is the same for us today.

Those who are Christians are called to stewardship and not consumerism. We are entrusted with gifts from God such as a spouse, children, job, home, our physical body, finances, and/or much more. It is given to us, not just for our enjoyment, but as a responsibility to nurture and grow these things in a way that brings glory to the Lord.

However, the world caters to the consumer side of the equation. We are in an environment where we never have enough and we need more. We start to believe our children are not really loved if the children next door have bigger toys than ours. There is no end to the cycle.

Consumerism is a two faced monster. One face drives us to consumer more and more resources for personal satisfaction that never comes. The other face quietly consumes us so in no time we are lost in debt, hurt, and loneliness.

So, what about you? Are you a consumer or a steward? Do you have cravings that are never satisfied or will you take stock of what you have and find contentment.

Peter encourages us in his letter this way…

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4: 10

Blessings!

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