Monday, June 22, 2015

Living In Community: Having a Right Heart (audio)

My great Uncle Wilson once conveyed a story to me: he was the pastor of a Wesleyan Church around Albany, NY, and there was a wealthy family who were members of the church, but they didn't like something he was doing.

One day, the man of the family went to see my great uncle, and said to him that he needed to do things differently, or he would withhold his tithe from the offering and he and his family would leave the church. This was a church that was small and didn't have a lot of resources, so this was a threat with some teeth. Or it would have been. Great Uncle Wilson listened and said to him "Well, don't let the door hit you on the way out."

The tendency to use money, or family influence, or even both, is as present today as it was in the first century. In today's sermon we are learning about a man who was known as Simon the Sorcerer. He claimed belief, and even worked alongside Philip, the man who took the gospel to Samaria. When he saw the power through the Holy Spirit made available, his old nature came back and he wanted that power for his own ends.

Take a listen to the sermon from yesterday, and be blessed.

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