"The Parable of the Rich Fool"
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15 And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." 16 And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' 18 And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."' 20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."
"I will say to my soul....." Did you get that part? What makes us think that if our barns are full, our checkbook is balanced, our savings account has enough in it, and we are saving enough for retirement, that everything is ok with our soul?
Do you remember this passage in Scripture, "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." What about that? I'm guilty of it myself. If my checking account has enough in it, my blood pressure is lower, my anxiety level goes down, and I am happier.
Do you remember this message from Jesus, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Of what does your life consist? Do you count your possessions and keep them all under lock and key because of their importance? Do you keep from giving to church because of your possessions? Are possessions and money your god or is God your God?
This passage is a very stark reminder that as much as we like to think we have it all under control, our very breath, our very life is in God's hands. He gives us life. He gives us real peace. He gives us real joy. He gives us what we need for this life and the life to come.
Test yourself today and see what has control of you. Test your thoughts today and see where your allegiances lie. Test yourself today and see whether your comfort and peace comes from full barns or a full soul which has been satisfied by the love and forgiveness of Christ. Then CONFESS, REPENT, AND LIVE IN CHRIST'S PEACE TODAY!
Prayer: Lord, help me to do whatever it takes to get out of the rut of financial burden, even if it means giving everything away, so that I can live in real peace and grace. Amen.
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Pastor's celebration ride from Treloar to Dutzow (Blumenhoff Winery)1:30-4
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Gus Klaustermeier 11- Kalene Masters
Ushers- Scott and Alex Heitgerd, Bob and Tom Linke
Altar- Set up- Marliyn and Sue; Clean Up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Elders- Sat- Charlie Figura; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Rob and Julie Schaumberg; 11- Dave and Lil Winter
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Lois Boeger; 11- Stephanie Owenby
Piano (Saturday and Sunday)- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: ????? A new schedule will be put together this week
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Why did Judah and Israel break apart?
(Great job Pat!)
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek. If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range. From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg. At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left). At the second stop sign go straight. Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg. Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right. Parking lot is before the range.
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