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Would you like to know about the best wealth you can have? A wealth that you literally can keep for eternity? Today we continue our studies in Luke by considering 12:12-21. Along the way we discover six axioms of wealth God’s way! Open up your Bibles along with your heavenly bank accounts!
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  • Church Requel
    2 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
Christmas Decorating Today!
Please plan to stick around to help us decorate after our service today. Pastor Paul is sharing his 200 manger scenes with us. The children especially love setting out the nativity scenes. We’ll open the Christmas closet and bring out all the decorations. Afterward we’ll enjoy pizza and fellowship together. This is a great family event that has become a Church Requel tradition. Please plan on joining us!
Brianna In Concert Tonight!
Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas favorites and songs of the stage and screen with Brianna Barnes this evening at 7:00 at Church Requel. Brianna is now pursuing her musical theater career in New York City. She is home and ready to start our holidays with music! Admission is free with donations appreciated.
Spaghetti Dinner Benefit
This Saturday December 3 come to St. Luke’s Point of Grace from 4-6 pm for a Spaghetti Dinner and Open House. Donations for the meal will benefit the St. Luke’s neighborhood meal program. The church will be open so you can enjoy the more than 200 nativity sets.
Children's Christmas Program
Our kids Christmas performance will on Sunday morning, December 11th! Parents please try to get your children to every single Sunday morning KidsMin between now and then. Our children are learning music, skits and making a video for the Christmas program. Plan on one dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 10th. And everyone be sure to mark your calendars for this awesome program and...our CR Potluck immediately following the service.
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If you are visiting with us today, WELCOME! We’re glad you’re here. If you will stop by the piano on the north side of our sanctuary after this morning’s worship, and drop off your connection card, we have a FREE Christian book to share with you. We promise no one will show up at your door. But we will include you in our weekly Friday email newsletter and tell you about the good things happening at Church Requel. Thanks for being our guest!
Food Pantry
We continue to need non-perishable foods. When you come to church Sunday mornings bring some food to share with others, who may be sitting in the pew next to you. The Food Pantry is downstairs and will be open for 15 minutes after each Sunday service. You are welcome to receive food if you have a need. We are looking for volunteers to work in the food pantry 15 minutes each Sunday. Please see Sheri if you are able to help.

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How To Be Rich Towards God / Luke 12:13-21 NIV

Six Axioms Of Wealth God’s Way

#1 - It is foolish to ________________ .

“This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.” Luke 12:18 NIV

Selfishness is a foolish reason to acquire wealth. If the only motivation we can find within ourselves is to benefit ourselves - to build bigger barns, to have larger investment portfolios - we truly are fooling ourselves. Most people inherently know the truth of this and so will fool themselves on the second level. They’re not storing up just for them, but for their family. Doubly foolish because you’ll just ruin (spoil) the kids while at the same time take away the most precious thing they need that only you can give - yourself and your time.

#2 - It is foolish to ________________________ .

“You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”Luke 12:19 NIV

It’s foolish to store up for yourself only so that you can rest and simply enjoy the rest of your life. This is the Retirement Deception. What are the deceptions? Young retiree. Healthy. Point of retirement is to take life easy. Lying in a hammock. No worries. And who is responsible for this? YOU! Jesus says this entire attitude is foolish. That may be the American dream but it’s not the Christian dream!

#3 - It is foolish to ______________________ .

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” Luke 12:20 NIV

None of us can take even one day for granted. To live life as if we have an endless supply is “foolish!” ἄφρων is the word in the Greek, only used twice in Gospels, both by Luke. The first in 11 to describe Pharisees and here. Yes it is translated “fool.” When we get into it we find 2 words - the last syllable, Phrōn, which means mind or thinking or reason, and the first syllable, a- , which means the opposite of. So the original readers would know it this way: “God said to him, you are out of your mind! You’re not thinking! You’re without common sense or reason! This very night your life “will be demanded of you.” Not just that you’re going to die. “Demanded.” “Required.” “Ask for back.” Something lent. A demand note, must be paid when asked for. Our life is not our own. The Giver of Life has lent us life, started us out in life, and will demand back our life when the time comes. The only One with endless tomorrows is God Himself AND those to whom He gives life.

So if those are the foolish ways to be rich, what is the wise way?

#4 - It is wise to ______________________ .

“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” Proverbs 21:20 NLT

God’s Word does not tell us that money is the root of all evil, only the love of money! Money itself is most useful. Those who have the gift of generosity also have the gift of saving. The issue is the motivation. To save for oneself only is wrong. To save so that you might be generous to others is right. So… do you have a savings plan? God’s Word also tells us that only “fools” spend everything that comes in.

“Command those who are rich… 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.”1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV

The Bible tells us that there is a correct motivation for wealth - generosity! To be willing to share. In fact there is a promise that goes with it - that when you save and share with others generously, that you are literally laying up treasure for yourself!

#5 - It is wise to __________________ .

“I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.' ” Acts 20:35 GNT

We’ve seen before that it is foolish to work hard just to make my life easier. But nothing in that said it was foolish to work hard. The Bible is filled with proverbs that say how wise it is to work and how foolish it is to be lazy. The issue is the why behind the work. The motivation. Jesus says that if you really want to be blessed… if you really want to be happy, then work hard so that you may help the weak, who cannot work hard for themselves. You’ll find happiness in the giving. You’ll find that when you are generous with those who need help, then God is generous with you.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”Luke 6:38 NIV

You cannot out-give God. This is a universal law of His creation, as absolute as gravity. God wants you to discover the truth of this so much that in Malachi, He challenges you to the tithe. He says, “Test Me.” Only here and only with this. I took God up on His offer. I began tithing. And He has always cared for our finances. It’s not always been easy. But He has always provided. As I stand before you today, I am not a wealthy man as man measures wealth. However, I am rich in family and friends. I also have no debts. And God continues to provide for all of my needs. You’d better believe I believe in this “measure I use” philosophy. Mary Kay and I don’t ever miss giving our tithe + plus!

#6 - It is wise to ______________________ .

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”Psalm 90:12 NIV

Only a fool takes his own life for granted. We don’t like to think about it, but the truth is that not a single one of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. If I want to be wise, if I want to be rich toward God, then I will learn to make the most of every day. I will learn to look for and take advantage of opportunities. Each day when we awake, our first thought and prayer should be, “Thank you Lord for another day. Help me to make the most of it.”

“You don't know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears.” James 4:14 GWT

So don’t blow the days you are given. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t say to Mary Kay, “Have I told you yet today that I love you? Well I do!” Why do I do that? I never know… This may be my last day to say it. My last chance. I want to make the most of every opportunity.

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