Theme of the Week: Freedom from Stuff
Sunday, March 2, 2014
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Who Said It … Jeff Manion
Jeff Manion is the senior teaching pastor of Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for 30 years. His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way. Jeff is the author of The Land Between and Satisfied. He is an avid runner and enjoys cycling and hiking. He and his wife, Chris, have three adult children.
What he Said … Stuffed
In his classic monologue, comedian George Carlin riffed on the mountain of stuff we compile:
So when you get right down to it, your house is nothing more than a place to keep your stuff … while you go out and get … more stuff. 'Cause that's what this country is all about. Trying to get more stuff. Stuff you don't want, stuff you don't need, stuff that's poorly made, stuff that's overpriced. Even stuff you can't afford! Gotta keep on getting more stuff.
So you keep gettin' more and more stuff, and puttin' it in different places. In the closets, in the attic, in the basement, in the garage. … So now you got a houseful of stuff. And, even though you might like your house, you gotta move. Gotta get a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff!
Carlin's social commentary, cloaked in comedic humor, hits close to home. We are addicted to amassing stuff.
Quote source: Brain Droppings by George Carlin (Hyperion, 1998).
Key Study Passage: 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Adapted from Satisfied by Jeff Manion (Zondervan, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, keep me from getting caught up in a consumer mentality, collecting stuff for stuff's sake. Help me to spend less on myself and my wants so that I might have more to give to others.
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