Dec
12
December 12
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Dec
16
December 16
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Dec
16
December 16
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor
~Music:
~Communion: 8:30am & 12:45pm
~Sunday Church School: 9,10,11
~The Way: 9,10,11
~Nursery: 9,10,11


Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Dec
16
December 16
Sunday 12:45 PM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Dec
19
December 19
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus

Devotions: Contentment

Every year when we approach Stewardship time, I’m reminded of the difficulty I’ve had and maybe continue to have with my relationship with money. Through the years I’ve read with interest all the research that’s been done to understand how much money is necessary for a person to be happy. Some of this research states that as long as you have the basic necessities of food, shelter, and clothing, the results are surprisingly consistent across different cultures and financial brackets. If people are poor and happy, they will be happy if their income increases. And if people are poor and unhappy, they will still be unhappy if their income increases. I think Warren Buff et, one of the world’s richest men, says it best, “If you were a jerk before, you’ll be a bigger jerk with a billion
dollars.”

If we believe that nothing compares to the promise we have in Christ Jesus, do our lives refl ect this? Jesus says in Luke 12:15, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” God can’t pour God’s riches into our hands when they are full of our riches.

I once read that consumerism has trained us to value things too little and thus destroys both contentment and thankfulness. If we don’t value shoes, we don’t really comprehend a poor woman’s need for them. 1 Timothy 6 tells us, “Th ere is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.”

I rejoice in all that is being accomplished here at Mount Olivet with your help. And I continue to pray for God’s guidance to us all as we celebrate God’s faithfulness and indescribable gift to each of us.
– Pastor MacLean