It’s My Money – You Can Have Some of It

Matt Dawson


How many of you (that are parents) hesitate to give your kids money because of how you assume they will spend it? How frustrated are you when you give them $20 and expect change, and your children think (for whatever reason) that the money is now their money?

BE HONEST!

I’ve met many parents who share in this frustration of trying to teach their kids the VALUE of money and the WISDOM needed to properly manage it. Whether it’s by an allowance that you give them, or when they start earning money on their own…we struggle sometimes because of the decisions they make.

The reason I believe GOD CARES MORE ABOUT YOUR MONEY THAN YOU DO (our current series) is because as our Heavenly Father, he wants us to understand the VALUE of being good stewards of what He’s provided for us and the WISDOM to leverage it as a tool for the Kingdom of God.

First, we need to learn is that EVERYTHING BELONGS TO HIM!

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

Most of the time, we immediately assume that the money we get, we make, we earn – is MY MONEY that I DESERVE. We first and foremost need to understand that we are STEWARDS of everything that God gives us – this includes the jobs and opportunities we have to earn money.

In Matthew 25 “Parable of the Talents” Jesus makes it clear that HE is the Master that entrusts his servants (US) with a certain amount of talents (think skill set, gifts, capacity, talents) which in our world = MONEY. Jesus is going to eventually CALL INTO ACCOUNT what we did with what He’s given us, and we will either be like the 2 servants who understood stewardship and used it to increase their responsibilities, or we will be the steward who buried his talent and had nothing to show for what was given to him. IT WENT TO WASTE in the ground.

Second, we need to learn how to USE MONEY as a TOOL/SERVANT for the Kingdom of God.

One great resource that we offer at Journey is called Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. Not only does Dave teach how to view and understand our role as a steward of God’s resources, but he also teaches how to manage that money and use it wisely.

We are starting a new FPU group on April 1st at Journey on Monday nights at 6:30pm. It is a 9 week group that will walk through the FPU curriculum and will cost $109. You can register under the GROUPS section on TheInfo.Bar. We encourage EVERYONE at Journey who has not taken this course to do so…it is the most helpful resource we offer.

I hope you will join us at Journey as we continue our series “God Cares MORE about Your MONEY than YOU DO.”

God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do

SERIES PREVIEW: God Cares More About Your Money Than You Do.

By Matt Dawson

First thought – I doubt it!
Second thought – Why does He care?
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he expresses the heart of why God cares so deeply about how we view and understand money.
“Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (MSG)
God’s ultimate desire for us is “LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE.” True life! Our current western culture makes many promises about life based on how much money we have & spend. However, our obsession with money, resources, wealth, and comfort actually keeps us from experiencing the life that God desires for us.
Did you know Jesus reference money more than He reference Heaven or Hell?
 
Did you know 40% of the Parables Jesus taught referenced how we view, understand, and use money?
 
Did you know in all of recorded scripture, there are over 500 verses that reference PRAYER & FAITH… but there are over 2,000 that reference money?
God DOES care MORE about your MONEY than you do.
Over the next several weeks at Journey, we’re going to discuss WHY He cares more about our money than we do.
  • We’re going to dive into Jesus teaching on why money is the chief competitor for our hearts (not Satan).
  • We’re going to break down the traditional views of tithes and offerings, financial blessing and curses, and if there is any truth to the prosperity teachings found in most American churches.
  • We’re going to discuss why money is a TOOL that brings freedom, or a TRAP that keeps us slave to fear!
There will be no special offerings, financial campaigns, or guilt trips given over money during this series. Our end goal is for you to better understand why “God cares MORE about your money than you do” and fully experience the “LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE” promised in His Word!

Weekend Preview | What if there is Nothing to Fear?

“The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt (1st Inaugural Address)

FDR’s famous words have been repeated throughout the years as an anthem cry to those who desire to push past the fear that they face in life and overcome their circumstances.

Contextually, FDR was addressing our nation about the Great Depression that we were facing in our country, he needed people to trust in their leadership if they wanted to see our nation move forward in the midst of uncertainty. This is his full quote:

“…let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

I really love his quote – but I LOVE the follow-up statement even more.

The way he describes fear is a “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Last week, we discussed the power of asking “What if?” and the power of those words to help us believe that anything is possible.

The #1 enemy of our “What if?” questions that are filled with dreams and possibilities is FEAR! A nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes our efforts and keeps us from moving forward!

FEAR
– it keeps us from making necessary changes
– it keeps us from living out our heart’s passion
– it keeps us from risking and trying something new
– it keeps us from fully trusting God alone for everything.

This week, we will be asking a very important question.

“What if there is nothing to fear?”

In your marriage, at your job, in your relationships, with your kids, in your finances… what if there is nothing to fear? How different would our lives look today? What kind of different decisions would you make today? In what areas would you experience freedom today?

Join us Sunday, as we consider this next “What If?” question. If you need to catch up on our celebration and introduction to our “What if? Series” last weekend, click here.

Message Follow Up | God’s: Part 3 – God’s Plan


By Matt Dawson


Everything we have is God’s…

Everything we have is ours to manage and enjoy as we bless others.

This really is the best way to recap our last series.  We need to get to a place in our lives that we understand God’s PURPOSE in why He has blessed us, remember that God’s PROVISION is all that we need to have faith in, and that if we follow God’s PLAN, He promises that we will EXPERIENCE TRUE LIFE!
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Weekend Preview | God’s: Part 3 – God’s Plan

By Chris Denning


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The past few weeks we’ve been talking about the difference between ownership and stewardship.  We’ve talked about how everything we have comes from God, including every single one of our resources.

Now, we could understand both of these things, but still not be able to become a great steward of God’s resources if we lack one key thing:

Intentional Investment

Even if we set everything up in our lives to make this shift, to use everything we have as God would like it done, we wouldn’t be able to be good stewards without intentional investments.  We have to CHOOSE to make intentional investments in our lives, specifically with the people that are around us. 

Intentional investments means we’re not only being mindful about the stuff God’s given us, but also about the people God has placed in our lives.  Making the choice to invest in the lives of those around us using what God has given us is good stewardship.

To take the idea a step farther, we need to expand our understanding of “God’s Resources.”  When I say that, especially when we’ve been talking about finances you probably think of:

Money.  Cars.  Houses.  Stuff.

You wouldn’t be wrong, but I want to challenge you to expand your thinking a little bit.  In reality, God’s Resources includes these things, but it also includes: 

Relationships.  Opportunities.  Chance-Encounters.  Business Meetings.  Kids Soccer Games.

God supplies us with the materials we need to make an impact in this world.  To make that a little more “Journey”: God supplies us with the materials to humbly point everyone to absolute hope!

God provides us with the opportunities to connect with those around us, so that we can bring hope to them.  God gives us the ability to talk to other parents during our kid’s events so that we can point them to hope.

When you think about it, this is really all about perspective.  That conversation with another parent at your kid’s soccer game could just be another random conversation, or it could be a divine appointment that God has orchestrated specifically for you.  This subtle shift in our view of life will change how we live and how we see other people.

Making intentional investments helps to bring purpose to our lives.  Intentional investments allow us to begin to see God’s plan for our resources, beyond just tithing and giving to those who need it.

Let me talk to Partners for just a moment.

Intentional investments is how we make our mission personal.  Opening our eyes to those just around us changes the “everyone” in our mission to people.  Specific people, like the people around you, in your life right now.

Humbly point Samantha to absolute hope.

Humbly point Josh to absolute hope.

Intentional investments are how we will see 3 new campuses, 3,000 stories of life change, and $300,000 given to the LKN community.  We need to change how we live if we want to see these things, not for us, not for Journey, but for the fame of God.

Let’s open our eyes to see those around us, how we can make intentional investments in them, so that we can fully live out God’s plan for our lives.


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Message Follow Up | God’s: Part 2 – God’s Provision

By Zack DeBerry



One of the things that keeps us from being faithful stewards is the desire to be in control of everything we have.  This desire to be in control is driven by fear and it reveals that we think we know better than God how to use what we have.

The truth is that God gives us everything we have and calls us to manage it and enjoy it as we bless others.  But the reality is that we struggle to truly believe that God knows better than us how to use what we’ve been given.

In my reading this week I ran across an interesting story that I had never really paid attention to before.  In the Old Testament there is a guy named Naaman that had a disease and was in need of God’s help.  The story is found in 2 Kings 5.

As I read it, I became aware of the fact that God has given me the directions of how to use what I have, but I often think that I know better.

Naaman hears about a guy named Elisha and that his God has the power to heal him.  Naaman immediately got his posse together and headed to meet Elisha and have his need met.  When he arrived Elisha didn’t even come out to meet him, but he sent a servant and told him to go take a bath in the Jordan River.

Naaman had painted a picture in his mind of how this should all go down, and was immediately upset at what actually happened.  Naaman thought he knew better than God how to handle this situation.  2 Kings 5:11-12 give us Naaman’s response:

“11But Naaman got angry and left, saying, €œI was telling myself: He will surely come out, stand and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and will wave his hand over the spot and cure the skin disease. 12Aren’t Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?  So he turned and left in a rage.”

Isn’t this how we think sometimes?

We think we know how a need is going to be met only to see God do something totally different.  If we are truly honest, there are times when we just get plain angry like Naaman did.  We all struggle to truly trust that God knows better than us.

As the story continues Naaman is persuaded to do as God has commanded through Elisha.  Naaman bathes in the Jordan and finds his need is met.  Then we see Naaman get it.  In verse 15 Naaman comes back to Elisha and declares, I know there’s no God in the whole world except in Israel.”

The truth is that everything we have is God’s.

We have to truly believe that His ways are better than our ways.  God has given us everything we have to manage and enjoy, but ultimately to use as we bless others.  The next time you find yourself thinking you know better than God, remember Naaman’s story AND trust that God truly desires to meet your needs according to His plan and His unending resources.

Weekend Preview | God’s: Part 2 – God’s Provision

By Chris Denning


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Lets say you’re having a work event.  This is a pretty big deal that you’re inviting clients to and such, so it needs to be awesome.  Guess what, your boss put you in charge.  Yay.

Your boss gives you the rundown of what he wants, how the party needs to flow, but also the budget.  She just lays down a healthy chunk of change for you to use as needed to make the event happen as intended.

The event happens, its great, yada yada, not the point.  The point is, when it comes to the money that your boss gave you, the money that was the company’s or you could even consider hers, you’re accountable to her for how you spent it.

You need to be able to explain why you spent what you did and where every dollar went.  There needs to be an explanation for how you used and regarded these resources.

Do you feel that weight on your shoulders yet?  
That almost pit in your stomach called financial responsibility?

The nerds in the room are excited about this idea, because they LIVE for spreadsheets and responsibility and wise, fiscal planning.  However, the majority of people are probably sweating reading this because that kind of accountability and responsibility isn’t fun.

Now comes the real question:

If everything comes from God, including our resources, then why don’t we feel like this when it comes to his money?

Why don’t we feel the gravity and importance of spending God’s money the way God would want it spent?

Maybe its because we don’t really believe its ALL His.  Sure, my tithe is his and I’ll give to charity (to ease my tax burden at the end of the year), but the rest of that is mine. I EARNED it.

There’s the sticking point: Entitlement.  I worked hard, I busted my butt, therefore, I should get what I want and get to do with MY money what I want to do with it.

This weekend, we’re talking about God’s provision.  Provision is a word that implies reliance or needing something.  Provision means someone looking out for or providing for someone else.  It is in God’s nature as the great Provider to look out for His children.

But back to the entitlement thing.  Yes, you did work hard and you did earn the money by working hard.  However, you did not create that opportunity out of thin air.

And if you’re prideful enough to think you did, you DIDN’T create yourself with the giftings and talents you have that enabled you to get the job in the first place.

Our salaries are God’s provision.  Our cars are God’s provision. Our houses are God’s provision.  Our 401Ks are God’s provision.  Our HSA’s are God’s provision.  Our nest eggs are God’s provision.

Therefore, if everything we have is a provision from God, then good logic follows that we’re accountable to Him for how we use it.  He should dictate how it’s used, because it’s his anyways.

This weekend, I want to encourage you to come with an open mind about your stuff.  Even if you don’t believe what I just laid out, consider this:

What if I’m right?
What if everything really is God’s?
What does that mean for you?


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Message Follow Up | God’s: Part 1 – God’s Purpose


By Matt Dawson


Everything We Have is God’s…

This is the foundational truth we needed to understand yesterday as we started this conversation.  The idea of ownership vs stewardship, to release and fight the natural drift of our hearts to CONTROL and enjoy the freedom of managing the blessing of God in our lives for the sake of others.

“Everything we have is ours to manage and enjoy as we bless others.”

It’s amazing to me that so many parents still struggle with understanding God’s purposes in Stewardship when we all have living, breathing, everyday examples of it in our own homes.

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Weekend Preview | God’s: Week 1 – God’s Purpose

By Chris Denning


 

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I don’t know about you, but I love stuff.  More specifically, I love MY stuff.

My guitars, my computers, my PS4, my car, my phone.  I just enjoy having a cool piece of tech or even getting new clothes.

Now, there’s nothing really wrong with having stuff, but how we view our stuff and how we choose to treat it allows us to see a much deeper issue. 

Again, the issue isn’t simply having nice things.  The Bible doesn’t teach that we should never have anything nice or not have anything of our own.  However, if we believe that we absolutely own or, even worse, deserve our nice things (or simply things in general), then we’ve crossed the line into some sticky sin-filled areas.

Entitlement.  Pride.  Greed.  Idolatry.

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Message Follow Up | Breathing Room: Part 3 – Margin for Finances

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“Life is Better with Room to Breathe.”

Over the past 3 weeks we’ve been in this discussion about the margin (or lack of margin) in our schedules, relationships, and finances.  After all of this talk – have you discovered what the answer is?  Have you asked yourself “Where do I need some breathing room?”

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I can’t help but bring up this verse in light of the past few weeks. This verse comes with a warning and a promise.  A warning that we are experiencing far to often and a promise that not many of us are experiencing enough of.

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