Presentation on theme: "Isn’t There More to Life? The American Dream Faces Reality."— Presentation transcript:
Isn’t There More to Life? The American Dream Faces Reality
Remember when you dreamed… Of Christmas - Birthday Of starting school - Finishing School Driver’s License – 25 rates drop New car – paid off Falling in love – ball and chain Career - Retirement Children - Graduation
Isn’t There More to Life than Just making a living? The same old rat race Just paying bills Stacking up paper in a bank
It is the nature of man to want more than we have It is the nature of God to have more than we could ever ask or think
Matthew 6: 18-33 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Solomon sought fulfillment In Wealth In Pleasure In Substance Abuse In Power In Accomplishments In Passion In Knowledge
Solomon said Fear God & keep his commandments Rejoice with the wife of thy youth Enjoy work of your hands Eat the fruits of your labors Study to do your own business
Eli Didn’t restrain children Lost ark / job Fell over and died
Demas wanted more 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world
Judas wanted more John:12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag
Jacob wanted more Swindled brother Wrestled angel
Some are dying for real Love Acceptance Family Belonging Emotional Security
Some are on a mad rush for Joy Thrills Pleasure Fun Excitement Enjoyment
Others long for Peace Quiet Calm Rest Contentment
The fruit of the Spirit But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: Galatians 5:22-25
Isn’t there more than this? Meaning? Purpose? Reason? Fulfillment? I came that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.
Death God Life SINSIN Hell “ All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23
Death God Life SINSIN Hell Baptism Good deeds Communion ChurchMoney Can these save you?
Jesus God Hell I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 “Christ has once suffered for our sins… that He might bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:18 “God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8