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Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Friday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - March 29

Dear Church Family - 


Gambling.  This Friday is Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and soldiers gambled for his clothes at the foot of the cross.  Last Friday I talked about Sports Betting and how it, and really all gambling, is bad for society and bad for your soul. 


But someone may say (I know because I once did), isn’t the stock market gambling?


No, it’s not, and here’s why:

1.     Investing is letting someone use your money to contribute to the common good.  Gambling is counterproductive to the common good.

2.     Gambling is all or nothing.  You either win or lose.  Stock market investing is rarely a total loss, especially if you’re careful and conservative.

3.     Gambling is a high-loss probability.  In the stock market you can choose your degree of risk.


All investing has a degree of risk.  Bury your money and it rots.  Hide it in the house and the house burns down.  Put it in the bank and the bank fails.  There is always risk in handling money.


And one of the often-overlooked risks in handling money is the risk to your soul.  This is true of the stock market as well as gambling.

Money is God’s biggest competitor – Matt 6:24

Money easily leads away from God and into grief – 1 Tim 6:9-10

Money easily creates a misplaced, unwise, or even sinful affection – 1 John 2:15-17


The legalization and proliferation of sports betting is another sign of our culture deteriorating and moving farther way from what is good.  Being a “gambling-free person” gives you freedom of spirit, freedom to give to others, and freedom to enjoy sports as a game of strength and skill.


Take this as your purpose and goal in using money:

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.  Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”  (1 Tim 6:17-19)


This evening at 7:00 pm will be our Good Friday service at Emmaus Church.  It’s a somber time to think deeply about what Jesus did for us on the cross.  We’ll see you there. – Pastor Tim

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