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{March 24, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


March 24 – 31, 2019

 

Walk This Way: Greed

By Grant Houske

We can all agree greed is bad. But, why can it feel good? Have you ever juxtaposed the extreme contrast between greed and biblical truth? The bible is unequivocally precise about the negative consequences it carries (see Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, Proverbs 15:27). Yet, greed can be so: powerful, mesmerizing, blinding, exhilarating, intoxicating, attractive, fun, and alluring. How do we explain the dichotomy of giving into greed yet knowing the truth? Well, as we heard today it is because we are all broken sinners and ruthless self-seekers. I’m not immune and have a story to share.

I will humbly admit that a part of my greed came in the form of plastic.  You know, the kind that resides contently in your wallet, just waiting to pounce! Yeah, that kind of plastic. For a long time, I had no discipline or responsibility when it came to controlling my spending habits. It’s not like I was running some elaborate Ponzi scheme or defrauding people out of their life savings; I was naïve and careless and quietly became captured by the allure of acquiring new things while turning a blind eye to the implications of debt. This pattern slowly began to catch up with me and I started to feel the pinch of the mounting credit card debt. That pinch really hurt and the allure came crashing down like a house of cards!  All those adjectives I used to describe greed became so UNTRUE.  Instead, I felt hopeless and ashamed about how easily I became so engulfed in debt. I quickly learned that I needed some help. 

It was 2009 and during worship at church, the band played, Jesus paid it all. In that moment, I realized I couldn’t get through this predicament without Jesus. It truly was a “watershed” moment where I felt free. First, I needed to surrender and understand it would take a lot of work to get out of this. I enrolled in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to learn strategies to eliminate debt. I fought with “gazelle intensity”, got out the scissors and practiced some “plastic surgery”! 

Eventually, I was able to pay off all those credit cards!! However, the reality is that I’m not, nor will I ever be free from greed. It will be back in some form. But, thankfully, I know I will not allow myself to fall into that trap again. In that instance, I believe that my greed was predicated on God’s constant pursuit for me and I can draw on that experience to know what it truly means to live generously with open hands instead of closed fists.

I still have one of those cards, not the 10 or 11 as before. Sure, I use it occasionally, but that card does not hold the power over me that it once did. When I reminisce on those days, I clearly see how greed used me and my susceptibility. With money, I have chosen to walk in a different way, on a path that leads to generosity and freedom.

 

{sunday 3.24.19}

Read Hebrews 12:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How does greed show itself in your life? Where  has greed affected your relationship with your family and others? How can you use the transformational power of Jesus to turn your greed into generosity?

 

NOTE OF CLARIFICATION: Last week we handled a sensitive topic in exploring what the Bible says about sexual brokenness, and healthy sexuality. In our Journey reflection, we want to clarify that we did not intend to imply that any injury or damage inflicted by someone on a person is OK. The intent of the reflection was to say the following:

"God sees our pain. He does not blame us for the behaviors of others. He sees us without blame or shame, even if we don’t see ourselves yet in this light. He wants only to love and heal us."

 

For anyone interested in processing or going deeper into the sexual brokenness/healthy sexuality message from Sunday, March 17, we are offering a follow up gathering. This is a topic that impacts us all, whether it’s an area we want to grow in awareness and training, or something we are walking out with someone we love.

Join us on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 PM in the garage. We’ll hear one couple’s story of addiction/recovery and explore these issues further in a panel discussion with experts in this field. A time of Q&A will be offered s well.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register for childcare.

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

{monday 3.25.19}

Read Romans 8:20-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When hoping for what we don’t see we wait eagerly but should be patient too. It’s easy to get distracted and forget what we are waiting for. How can you keep this in the front of your mind but still patient?    

{tuesday 3.26.19}

Read Romans 8:34-9:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul says that if it was left to him he would be inclined to pray to cut himself off from the messiah. Explain what you think Paul is saying in your own words to a trusted group or friend.   

{wednesday 3.27.19}

Read Romans 9:8-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “it doesn’t depend on human willing, or on human effort; it depends on God who shows mercy.” Pray for a reminder this week for God to remind you that it’s his mercy, not your effort that saves you.     

{thursday 3.28.19}

Read Romans 9:22-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Our salvation is a covenant membership based on faith. Write down in your own words what this means.  

{friday 3.29.19}

Read Romans 10:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “The Messiah, you see, is the goal of the law…”  Summarize in your own words what the law is. Talk about this with a trusted group or friend. 

{saturday 3.30.19}

Read Romans 10:14-11:6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “I was found by those who were not looking for me; I became visible to those who were not asking for me.” How did God reveal himself to you? 

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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