By Dr. Kevin Thomas —
One of Jesus’ great teaching parables involves the sower who cast seed along the ground. The sower hoped the seeds would sprout, grow, and bear good fruit. Some seeds did just that, producing a great harvest. But others, Jesus said, fell among thorns and, though they began to grow, these good plants were quickly choked out. Jesus said lhe thorns were •the cares of the world and the lure of wea’lth” (Matthew 13:22).
In a culture where having “enough? seems to have become a never-ending pursuit, Jesus’ parable remains incredibly relevant. Many of us are chasing the American dream in ways that lead to stress, anxiety, and fear-thorns that can rob us of the ability to enjoy the abundant lives of purpose that God intended for us.
All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore. In response to these issues, we will spend four weeks, starting October 28, focusing on an emphasis entitled Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. During this time, we will explore what the Bible teaches us about financial management through corporate worship and opportunities for small group study. We’ll hear expert advlce and stories about what others have fearned by working through financial challenges. Each week we will provide you with some practical tools you can use to assess your financial situation and develop a financial plan with a Biblical foundation.
At the conclusion of the series, we will have the opportunity to make a personal commitment of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate those commitments ill two worship services at the close of the series.
I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.