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Losing Control (fifteenth in a series)

Yet we Christians have a way of excluding our financial resources when we surrender our lives to Jesus. I remember hearing a sermon about stewardship a while back where the preacher made an analogy between Charlemagne’s soldiers, who held their sword above their head when they were being baptized, and modern Christians who figuratively hold above their head their debit and credit cards. His point was that Christians today are no different from those ancient warriors in wanting to be free to use what they hold in their hand for their own purposes – and not place it under the authority of Christ. I think this preacher was on to something. Martin Luther addresses the same problem in the quote above. It is never enough to surrender just our heart and mind to the Lord; we must also surrender our “purse.” Continue reading

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