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July 18, 2021 | Chris Baselice
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This past weekend, we continued our “Parables” series as special guest Alan Platt returned to Calvary to share from the Parable of the Rich Fool. In this message, we explored three amazing things we can experience in Christ, we discovered the life-changing gift of contentment, and we learned why we shouldn’t place our value in stuff.
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The Greatest Freedom Is to be Able to Appreciate Without Coveting: Contentment makes a poor man rich; discontentment makes a rich man poor. We spend an absurd amount of time acquiring, moving, storing, and insuring stuff! So often, instead of making our stuff work for us, we end up working for our stuff; instead of our stuff serving us, we serve our stuff. We buy things we don’t need, often with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t even like.
Two Primary Myths About Stuff
Five Tips to Live By
Three Things We Have in Christ
Quote to Remember: Not knowing who you are will make you chase after stuff to try to fill the void of the false self.—Pastor Alan Platt
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. What are the primary myths about stuff?
2. How have you seen these myths about stuff impact your life and your relationship with the Lord?
3. What does it look like to have God as your source? How would that change the way you view your life and the way you live your life?
4. Where do you place your identity?
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Do you have a divine burden for something the Lord has put on your heart? In week three of our sanctuary class series, Pastor Doug will explore how our burdens, passions, and gifts can be used by God to impact the world and change lives.
This weekend is Mother’s Day! We hope you’ll join us for a very special family service as Pastor Doug honors and shares a powerful word for all the moms, grandmothers, and spiritual moms at our church.
If you don’t have Mother’s Day plans just yet, reserve a table for your family at The Grill for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch! Enjoy a delicious selection of entrees and breakfast specialties, carving stations, a Japanese sushi station, an elaborate dessert display, fresh fruit displays, roses for Mom and Grandma, and more. Brunch hours are from 10am until 3pm, so even if you don’t attend the Fort Lauderdale campus, you can still make it out.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.