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Needs and Wants – Do We Know the Difference?

Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

We often write – teach – and preach – about our needs compared to our wants. Most of us live in the world of our wants (I know you have heard that from me before). Most of us have all we need and most if not all of what we want. Of course – there are those among us – either through choices they have made or choices and circumstances beyond their control – who live lives of need.

Take a test with me. Think for a moment – what would you do with $1,000? With $10,000? With $100,000? With $1,000,000? Does your answer include needs and/or wants? Are there bills that need to be paid for needs or are there things you’d like to buy that aren’t needs but rather wants? How much of that money would be spent on your needs verses your wants?

Most – I imagine – would talk about a new car – paying off the mortgage – buying a beach house – retiring early – or some other want. Few – I think – would talk about buying groceries for the family or paying medical bills or helping others have their needs met. What would you do with some extra money? If you inherited a sum of money – how would it change your life? Many who come into large sums of money have ended in ruin – because they failed to understand the different between needs and wants. Many pro athletes and movie/TV stars fall into this trap when they suddenly come into a large amount of money. I was moved by the young athletes that immediate help their family with their new found wealth rather than purchasing everything they lay their eyes on. Continue reading

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The Lord Will Rescue Us!

Matthew 14:31

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

RayMcDI remember once – I was body surfing at Ocean City – and I had a wave swallow me up. I tumbled and tumbled and hit the bottom a few times – and for a moment – I thought I might not come up for air in time. I was very young and probably had been told to not go out so deep in the water. An older person happened to see my predicament and in a quick motion grabbed me by the hand and lifted me up out of the water. I was coughing and gasping for my breath and I thanked him once I caught my breath. I’m not sure if he saved me or not – whether I would have survived without his help – but – I know I appreciated his help.

Have any of us ever been given a helping hand? I remember my father giving one of my uncles a helping hand. He was down and out and needed help establishing a place to live. He and his current wife had little to nothing and my father and another uncle gave him a helping hand. They set them up in an apartment at a rate they could afford and gather furniture for them. They helped them get clothes and filled the frig for them. Dad felt he had to help his brother – even though he knew the probable outcome. You can give someone a helping hand – but they need to be willing to take the help and keep on the right path. Unfortunately – this uncle didn’t make good use of the helping hand offered. Continue reading

August 20, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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