The Dawghowse is a place inside the head of husband, father and Pastor Darrell Garrett. It's the place where the real me lurks.
Be forewarned: It's probably not what you expect. Sometimes it's a serious place... sometimes it's not. Sometimes my thoughts are deep... and sometimes they are just plain weird.
Welcome to my world!
13 December, 2010
Show Me the Money!
A friend of mine who is also a pastor shared this outline for a sermon, in light of the many churches who either had to cancel services or were open and had very few show up to church. Some may be offended... but if they are, they need to ask themselves just who they are offended at. Truth is truth. The bills and obligations of the church go on every week, whether there is church or not, or whether they made it to church that week or not. Some miss week after week when winter rolls around, and they don't think it through, that if half the church is gone 2 or 3 weeks in a row, the church budget is devastated. I am convinced that this is where many find their "extra" cash for Christmas shopping.
Thanks to Jim Martin for the use of this message!
SHOW ME THE MONEY I. You say you're faithful to God? Show me the money. II. You say that you trust God to provide? Show me the money. III. You say you love this church? Show me the money. IV. You say that you know that being part of a church entails responsibility on your part? Show me the money. V. You say that you are a blood bought, Spirit filled, on your way to heaven Christian? Show me the money. VI. You say that you're sorry you missed last Sunday, but the weather was bad? Show me the money. VII. You say that you have as good a sense of humor as the next person and understand that your tithes are not like admission to the circus? Show me the money. VIII. You say that utility bills, insurance, church payment, and YES, YOUR PASTOR'S SMALL SALARY are necessary things to keep the church functioning. Show me the money. IX. Now as the ushers are coming to receive the offering, show me the money...better yet, show HIM the money.