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Copr. Bruce N. Cameron, J.D., 1996.

LESSON 12 A LIVING OFFERING

INTRODUCTION: OUR LESSON THIS WEEK HAS ONE VERY SIMPLE PROPOSITION: THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO GOD TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR BODY JUST AS WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR MONEY AND OUR TALENTS. THE IDEA IS THAT IF YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY AND LIVE TO BE 70, INSTEAD OF 50, YOU HAVE 20 MORE YEARS TO BE A CHRISTIAN WITNESS TO OTHERS. ALTHOUGH THIS SOUNDS REASONABLE, THE LESSON DOESN'T CITE ANY SCRIPTURES THAT DIRECTLY SUPPORT THIS OBVIOUS POINT. AND IF TIME ON EARTH IS THAT CRITICAL, WHY IS IT THAT JESUS SPENT LESS THAN FOURS YEARS ON EARTH IN HIS MINISTRY? LETS LOOK AT SOME TEXTS!

I. THE SECRET TO LONG LIFE

II. STEWARDSHIP ANGLE

III. CONCLUSION: I HOPE THAT EACH OF YOU WILL EAT HEALTHFULLY, EXERCISE, NOT TAKE UP SMOKING AND WATCH YOUR WEIGHT. BUT I ALSO HOPE THAT YOU WILL BATH DAILY, BRUSH YOUR TEETH AND COMB YOUR HAIR. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG, AND A LOT RIGHT WITH HEALTH REFORM, BUT THE POSITIVE POINT THAT I HOPE YOU WILL SEE FROM OUR STUDY IS THAT OUR VERY FIRST PRIORITY IS TO GET OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD RIGHT. AND IF YOU ARE SPENDING MORE TIME ON DIET HEALTH AND FITNESS, THEN IN BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER, YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR PRIORITIES.

IV. NEXT WEEK STUDY YOUR LESSON: HEALTH REFORM AND THE END TIME MESSAGE. AND THE WEEK AFTER THAT, PRAISE GOD, WE WILL BE STUDYING ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS OF THE BIBLE: JOB!