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Have you ever wondered if your life would be better with just a little more money? Of course you have! Maybe you want to buy a better home, newer car, better school for kids, give more to missions, make a trip to Israel, or maybe you want to help someone you love who is facing hard times. Wanting money is a no-brainer. But is that all there is to it? Is our only role with money to spend what we have and want more when it's gone? It is easy to feel powerless when it comes to our finances: mortgage, bills, clothes, food, cost of living has to be taken care of.

But what if I told you that you have more power than you realize? You have the power to help your family, change your habits, and even impact others in a big way. The truth is, money matters. Right here. Right now. And when you choose to change the way you think about it, God can do some big things in you and even bigger things through you.


Part 1 - Generosity Is a Gateway to Intimacy with God

Luke 6:36-38; 19:5-9; Malachi 3:6-18

Rabbi Michael Vowell

How much of God’s money is in your pocket right now? No matter how much money you have, you probably feel like it’s not much and you may wonder why God wants your money at all. In a lot of ways many people feel powerless when it comes to their money: mortgage, bills, clothes, food, cost of living has to be taken care of.  But what if you have more power than you realize? You have the power to help your family, change your habits, and even come to know God more intimately. The truth is, money matters. Right here. Right now. And when you choose to change the way you think about it, when you choose to own your attitudes and your decisions with the cash you do have, God can do some big things in you and even bigger things through you.


Part 2 - Seed-minded Not Me-minded

2 Corinthians 9:6-14; Proverbs 11:24-25; Psalm 126:5-6; Job 42:10

Rabbi Michael Vowell

Whatever your heart’s treasure is, whenever your heart has determined what that is, you will do anything for it. You will die for it. You will pay any cost for it. You’ll do anything to maintain it, anything to sustain it, anything to reclaim it. Yeshua the Messiah came and died for you. Why would he do that? There’s only one answer. The only answer would be that you and I were his heart’s treasure. You die for your heart’s treasure. You do anything for your heart’s treasure. You do anything to purchase it. Here’s what’s so intriguing. Every other treasure in the world will basically make you die to purchase it, but Yeshua is the only treasure that died to purchase you. Some of you are working yourself into the ground for your career. Your career is demanding that you die to purchase it, but Yeshua dies to purchase you. This is supposed to be the motivational fuel behind every single act of giving.


Part 3 - Fight the Good Fight of Faith

1 Timothy 6:6–21

Rabbi Michael Vowell

We’ll never get what we really want until we discover what is most valuable. But choosing what’s valuable isn’t natural. We’ve all had the experience of getting what we naturally want, only to discover it's not what is most valuable—it’s not what we ultimately wanted or needed. But how do we avoid being deceived by our short-term desires? How do we avoid the traps to obtaining a truly lasting treasure?


Part 4 - God’s Blessing is Right in Front of You

1 Chronicles 4:9–10; Proverbs 10:22; James 4:2; Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:27; Luke 1:37

Rabbi Michael Vowell

There is something amazing about God’s blessing. He loves to give it and the reason we don’t have it is that we do not ask for it.  The ancient writer Augstine said, “God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them.” In this message, we will see how the prayer of Jabez is a model prayer for us today. A prayer that encourages you to seek God’s blessing that is right in front of you.


Part 5 - Enlarging Your Confidence in God

James 5:13-18; Hebrews 10:35; Proverbs 3:25-26; Psalm 3:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Mark 3:21

Rabbi Michael Vowell

A substantial amount of research has been done to prove the correlation between stress and physical illness. This research proves that stress is a large contributor to both the onset and progression of both physical and mental illnesses. Have you ever felt owned by something with no power to fight back? Being owned or controlled by money—or the lack of it—can feel a lot like this. The truth is, all of us have felt powerless when it comes to money at some point in our lives. Because of that, we tend to believe that if we just had more money, we’d somehow be better in every way. But in reality, while money can be a powerful tool, the real power doesn’t lie in the money itself; the real power belongs to us—the people using the tool. This week we’ll turn to words of Yeshua to see that it’s not the amount of money we do or don’t have that gives us wealth or health, it’s the way we use and understand it that gives us the power to be healthy and wealthy.