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Gambling With God
October 5, 2014
By Ed Young
In life, we all seek security. And because of that, we find ourselves often playing it safe. But the safe bet isn’t always the best bet.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young shows us how our security is often just smoke and mirrors. He challenges us to see things from God’s perspective by pointing us to the Bible and the examples it provides. And we discover that when we get outside of our comfort zone and stop living for safety, we can truly start living for God!
What’s up Fellowship Church? How’s everyone doing this morning? Great to have you here at our brand new campus in Allen, Texas! I’m moving to Allen. I really am. Is this place absolutely amazing or what? I want to thank our team and all of the great volunteers for making this happen. This is fantastic. You know, Fellowship Church started in a school. For the most part we spent like 8 years in school, so I feel right at home. But this school - whoa – we’re talking about on a ‘hole ‘notha level. I’m moving to Allen, Texas. I really am. I love it, I love it.
Well today, we’re kicking off a brand new series called “Gambling With God”. I think it’s true that a lot of people are gambling with God. I think we would say, yeah, I know this guy, I know this girl, I know this student, I know this single adult, yeah. They’re gambling with God. And we understand that and we’re going to talk about that but today I wanted to sort of flip the script and talk about gambling for God. That’s the kind of gambling that we should do. I want to encourage everyone here to start gambling for God.
Have you read the stats on gambling? They’re pretty overwhelming. I read this past week where Americans lose $119 billion a year on gambling. That’s betting on football games, that’s playing blackjack. That’s on the golf course, and who knows what all. That’s a lot of money. So we lose a lot.
October 12, 2014
Life is all about risk. We cannot go through life without it. However, we can choose what we risk, and why we risk it.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young takes a look the difference between gambling with God and gambling for God. And we discover that the greatest risk we can take isn't a rebellious risk; it's a righteous risk.
ILLUS: Like many of you I played peewee football, and I played in a league where the limit was 85 pounds. We were playing this team and as we walked onto the field and started doing some pregame drills and stretching. We looked and the other team had a bonafide giant. This guy, there’s no way he weighed 85 pounds. He was probably 185. So a couple of us went up to the coach and we go,
“Coach, look at that guy! There’s no way he weighs 85 pounds!”
“Uh, guys, I know what you’re talking about and I mentioned that to the coach. And the other coach assures me he’s under 85 pounds. But to me he looks like he weighs 185 but let’s just go out there and play football, OK guys?”
“OK, OK.” We played and I was scared to death of the giant. In fact, we called him the giant. I played offense and defense and when I had the ball on offense I was like, Lord, please keep this giant away from me. And for the first half I evaded him. Then I played linebacker on defense and I wouldn’t get near him. I would just kind of trip intentionally, like some of the NFL players do, and did all sorts of things to try and stay away from the giant. Finally, though, I’ll never forget it. He had the ball and he was coming around the end. And my little friend, Bruce, who was probably 60 pounds just saw him and ran right through him… boom! Just hit the giant and we watched him crumble! It was like, wow! Bruce came back in the huddle,
“Dude! You took the giant out! You took him down!” And once that happened it gave us confidence and we won the game. That was fun… peewee football.
October 19, 2014
The hope of every gambler is to hit the jackpot. But sometimes, they have to make a drastic move in hopes of changing the odds. Sometimes they have to go “all in”.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young reminds us of some major biblical characters who decided to make a drastic move as they gambled for God. He shows us the best move we can make in our own lives. And we learn that when we go All In for God, the only result we’ll experience is hitting the jackpot!
Milk, coffee, bath, steak. What do those have in common? Well, I’ll answer that in a little while. Milk, coffee, bath, and a steak. What do they have in common?
I’m in a series called Gambling With God, and I think it’s easy to see certain people, and we meet individuals who are gambling with God. Maybe you’re gambling with God in relationships, maybe a marriage. You’re gambling with God in a dating situation. You’re gambling with God as far as your emotions, as far as your finances. A lot of people gamble with God. Others, though, gamble for God. And this sometimes snaps people’s heads a little bit, but God is a God who wants us to gamble for him. It’s good to gamble for God. It’s good to do this righteous risk, because God, although God is sovereign – God, although he’s omniscient, is a risk-taker. Love is a risk. We’re not made like robots. We’re made to have a relationship. We either choose to love God or not. The question is, are you gambling for God?
So much of life seems to be a gamble. Every day we wake up, we try to play the odds. But too many people place their bets on the wrong things. And they end up paying a heavy price.
In this series, Pastor Ed Young shows us how to stack the odds in our favor. He shows us how to make the most of the opportunities we have. And we discover that it all comes to the question: are we betting on God or are we Gambling with God?