November 14

My Possessions Are Not Mine

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November 15, 2020 – My Possessions Are Not Mine (Pledge Sunday)

Life is lived on borrowed possessions.  We live in someone else’s house/apartment.  We drive someone else’s car.  We use someone else’s tools, computer, toys, and furniture.  None of it belongs to us.  It is all God’s.  He has gifted it to us, because Christ has secured every good gift for us, but it is all temporary, and ultimately his.  Use of things then calls for: care, good maintenance, lack of obsession, balance, with an eye on who else might benefit from these possessions.   

Deuteronomy 10:14  Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.

Psalm 89:11  The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all it contains, You have founded them.

Psalm 104:24  O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.

Job 41:11 “Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.

Luke 12:33-34  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:15 – Life does not consist of the abundance of things.

I John 3:17  But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?


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About the speaker

David Langewisch

First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, my heart's desire is to simply be a servant of Christ, used by him to help people experience fullness of life in him. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from Lutheran schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, Lynn, and four children, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, I will count it a blessing.

David Langewisch

  • Great spiritual music and singing of David King and Praise Band. Great, and humbling, spiritual messages from both Pastor Langewisch and Becky Chaplin. Thanks so much.

    In Christ,

    Richard & Donna G.

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