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Call Me Wealthy
December 4, 2016
By Ed Young
When we think of wealthy people, we think of those who live in multi-million dollar mansions or drive six-figure vehicles. But in this message, Pastor Ed Young shows us how wealth is much more than what is in our bank account. True wealth is about realizing what God has blessed us with and following through with His command to be generous. Because when we are willing to release what we have, we discover the power of real wealth!
What would you do? That’s right, what would you do if you were wealthy? If you were one of the 1%ers, if you were an A-lister? What would you do if you were rich? What would you do? I mean, what would I do? How would I travel? Where would I go if I had all of this money? I love playing that game. Just for a second, think about that. What’s the first thing I would buy? OK. How would I act? Oh man, if I had Kardashian money… if I had Zuckerberg money… man, I’d be a great rich person.
Well, today we’re going to do something really interesting. This is going to be a cool message because I’m talking to just the 1%. I’m talking to people who can say, “Call me wealthy.” Huh. Do you know any wealthy people? I’m talking about people who have a lot. Whoa. The CEO of my company. That girl I went to high school with. That person I see, oh yeah, they’re wealthy.
So I just thought we would talk about that, because you know, the Bible – and I didn’t even realize this – talks about what happens when a person becomes wealthy. I’ve known a lot of wealthy people. I know a lot of wealthy people. And most wealthy people are good people. I think most of us would go, yeah, they are. I would say, though, most are not good at being wealthy. Let me say that again. I know a lot of rich people, I’ve met them in my life. Most are good, I know some jerks. Most rich people are good people, they’re just not good at being rich. And if you follow the American plan, once you become wealthy and a few people here, you definitely one day will cross that nebulous line, you’ll become wealthy. So, if you do, I’ve got some great words of wisdom for you from the Bible, because you can become good at being wealthy. I know you’re a good person, but when you become wealthy you can say, “Wow, I’m good at being rich.” It’s kind of an interesting sermon, isn't it? just for a few people. What do you think? Yeah, Ed! Stick it to those rich people! Now, I’m not going to do that necessarily but I’m just going to talk to you if you ever become wealthy, if you cross that line and you’re like, whoa. Call me wealthy.
December 11, 2016
Discovering the power of true wealth.
Ask the average person on the street if they consider themselves wealthy and they’ll likely respond, “No.” But the reality is that every one of us is wealthy, because we have been given so much by God. What He calls for each of us in response is to live a life of generosity. In this series by Pastor Ed Young, we will discover that wealth is less about our things and more about our obedience. And when we obey God with what He has given to us, we find ourselves in a position to say to anyone who asks, “Call me wealthy!”
INTRO: Let’s talk about basketball. What do you think? Who in here can spin the ball on their finger? Anyone? Really? Really? Let me pick someone to spin the ball on their finger. Karry, come on up. Karry Johnson! Karry Johnson is here. Karry, how are you doing?
Karry: Great. How are you?
Ed: It’s great to see you.
Karry: It’s good to see you.
Ed: Karry is an awesome, awesome young woman. She’s been a part of our church for over 20 years. She is the better half of pastor Mike Johnson, and that was her lovely daughter during the welcome. And, I don't want to embarrass anybody, her boyfriend. OK, anyway, Karry. So you’ve never really spun the ball on your finger before. Well, here’s something I used to do at basketball camp back in the day. I really enjoy doing this. I’m going to spin this and I’m going to teach Karry how to spin the ball on her finger. What do you say? All right, Karry, here we go. This might not be easy but you can do it. OK, point your finger just like this. There we go. Karry! Thank you, Karry! Karry Johnson!
Ask the average person on the street if they consider themselves wealthy and they?ll likely respond, ?No.? But the reality is that every one of us is wealthy, because we have been given so much by God. What He calls for each of us in response is to live a life of generosity. In this series by Pastor Ed Young, we will discover that wealth is less about our things and more about our obedience. And when we obey God with what He has given to us, we find ourselves in a position to say to anyone who asks, ?Call me wealthy!?