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Unfinished Priorities


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Oct 29th Time and Treasure Commitment Sunday (Next Week)

Nov 4th 7-9 pm Advance Commitment Night. (You’re Invited)

Genesis 13:1-7

So, Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord. Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.

Abundance does not automatically create peace.

The solution to every problem we have is just a little bit more.

Mo Money, Mo Problems ~ “Notorious BIG”

Genesis 13:8-13

So, Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So, Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.

Our priorities make our decisions.

Priorities are determined in advance.

What if the choice to make the most money isn’t the best choice?

Genesis 14:12

Abram’s nephew Lot… was living in Sodom.

Genesis 19:1

The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city.

Every decision is spiritual.

Lot was pursuing abundance.

Abraham was pursuing obedience.

Genesis 14:18-20

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.


First and Best

Genesis 4:3-5

In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.

Engage with God not by guilt, not by greed, but by priority.

Who is getting my first and my best?

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