2 “Money Management According to Malachi.” Part 2(Malachi 3:1–6)
3 “Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2:10) “Judah has been faithless …” (Malachi 2:11) “Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless …” (Malachi 2:14)
4 “So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.” (Malachi 2:15) “So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.” (Malachi 2:16)
5 GIVING TODAY AS A PERCENTAGE OF INCOME IS LESS THAN AT THE DEPTH OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION BABY BOOMERS GIVE 20% LESS PER YEAR THAN THEIR PARENTSOUT OF THE TOP TWENTY PROTESTANT CHURCHES IN AMERICA THE LCMS RANKS 16TH IN PER CAPITA GIVING
6 To get our attention, so that we change from GET to GIVE, Malachi promises that –
7 God’s Messengers will RESTORE us “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” (Malachi 3:1a; cf. Malachi 4:5)“And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1b)
9 God’s Fire will REFINE us “For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.” (Malachi 3:2–3)
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