Stewardship with Bill McGee-CMAW043

What You’ll Hear:
  • Growing up in a traditional church in a small town, Bill just thought about his faith as something you do.  When he went to college, through FCA he heard about Jesus as someone to have a relationship with instead of someone who wants to have their thumb on you
  • The atmosphere his daughter is now in at college is very different and against Christianity
  • Bill took a job with IBM.  The more he hung around people who were more concerned with lifestyle and money the more he became like them.  He was compromising his beliefs and grew distant from the Lord.
  • His wife started praying for him a lot.  Things started to not work out for him.
  • He and his wife agreed he should leave that job and he became blacklisted, and so he started his own consulting business
  • God brought to him men for him to minister to, and it kept growing.  Eventually Bill’s pastor asked him to join the staff at their church as Men’s Ministry pastor.
  • Stewardship is much more than just money
  • In past human history, they had to spend all of their time just getting by.  We now have much more free time.
  • TV, the internet, entertainment and social media consume our free time
  • We need to be intentional and plan our time for the things that are high priority
  • “Everyone will find time to do what they want to do, and if they don’t they’ll find an excuse”
  • The Momentum is a grander scale of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where the whole church goes through the concepts
  • If you can get the church to talk about money, you can get them to talk about anything
  • Time and money affect our relationships more than anything
  • Dave Ramsey gets in your face and tells it like it is
  • A tithe is an act of worship
  • God can’t have your heart if He doesn’t have your money
  • Money is where the natural and the supernatural come together
  • If you worry more about how you’re going to spend your money than how you’re going to spend time with God, there’s a problem
  • God holds our relationships together like a skewer holds an apple together that’s cut into slices
  • If the husband isn’t leading well, the wife won’t respond well
  • So many couples put children above their marriage, but children should be third in priority behind God and the spouse
  • Your children are learning from your example
  • Every man wants to win, but if you don’t have other men holding you accountable, it’s going to be a whole lot harder
  • If we could do it by ourselves, we would have done it already
  • You have to be OK with the fact that there are some people you just don’t need to be friends with
  • Be straight with a man and tell someone you like what you see in his character and ask him to start meeting in a group regularly
  • Don’t ever give up on the calling God has placed on your life, write it down, and start praying
  • Contact bmcgee@compassionchristian.com

 

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How to Live Beyond with David Vanderpool – CMAW037

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What You’ll Hear:
  • Dr. Vanderpool accepted the Lord at age 12.  The Lord was present in his house in a great way and his parents modeled Christ since he was an infant.  He was surrounded by believers for generations since he was born
  • His Dad is a surgeon and there are many doctors in his family.  It’s been a goal for him forever and it never wavered.
  • The Lord annointed him to be a surgeon. He doesn’t feel any negative stress and enjoys his work.
  • His parents did mission medical vision work throughout the world.  He had been given the best of everything, grew up in a Christian, affluent household with the best education.
  • While doing missions, he met people who were on the opposite spectrum from him in terms of opportunity.  That disparity really bothered him.
  • He and his wife now of 37 years were junior high school sweethearts
  • They’ve been doing ministry in missions for 25 years.  They have 3 kids who also live for their ministry LiveBeyond
  • They learned from many ministries like ArcoIris in Mozambique
  • They arrived in Haiti 2 days after the Hurrricane hit in 2010 and set up a clinic for surgical care
  • They closed down their successful surgical practice, sold everything to become full-time missionaries
  • They had no security and actually slept on army costs on a concrete slab during Hurricane season for 4 months with no electricity
  • It’s a mistake to have your family centered on your kids.  They want us to lead.
  • God annoints us for work and our work is important but what defines me is my walk with Jesus Christ.  We have to put our work in a subservient place to our walk with Jesus Christ.  Get up early and spend time in worship and prayer.  The greek word for worship is to “kiss towards”
  • The Lord gives us the ability to make money and that’s a wonderful thing, but He didn’t give us the money to keep but to give it and to build his Kingdom.
  • 80% of the people in their area live on less than $2 per day, and are with a dime of survival.  You don’t see depression.  You see joy.  2 hours is the richest country that has ever existed and there’s rampant depression.
  • They gave up everything in the States and don’t miss it a bit.
  • Our life is made up of work.  The question is the balance of life. A whole lot of our busyness revolves around our desire to be entertained.  Our pursuit of entertainment has crippled that question of work life balance.
  • Quality time is quantity time.
  • Our scripture for LiveBeyond this year is John 10:10. It has 2 parts.  The second part says that Jesus gave life and gave it abundantly.  That’s what Christians are called to do, to give life.  The abundant life is the Gospel.  That should be the mission statement of every Christian.  The converse is that the thief has come to steal, kill and destroy.
  • One great way to bring eternal life to the workplace is to bring joy
  • We should listen to uplifting things. Jesus is about order.  Satan is about chaos.
  • Families should serve the poor together.
  • Contact www.livebeyond.org to sign up for a trip

Change Your Lifestyle Instead of Setting Goals

Are you frustrated with goal setting?

Maybe you’ve heard how important it is to set goals, but it’s never really worked for you.

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The first step to successful goal setting is to make sure you have the right “why“.

Once you’ve done that, the next step is to change your lifestyle.

You’ll achieve more if you change your lifestyle rather than just set and achieve goals <Click here to tweet last sentence>

“For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” – Mark 4:28

God is not into quick fixes.  He wants us to take things one step at a time, steady plodding.

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Do You Fight Over Money with Your Wife?

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Do you and your wife fight over money?

If you do, you’re not alone.  With the divorce at 50%, finances are the most common cause of divorce.

Christians are not exempt from this.  Too many in the body of Christ are in debt, in financial need, and in financial bondage.

There are many reasons why my wife and I have a good marriage.

One of the reasons is there is no fighting over money in our house.

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