Great Expectations

My name is Mark Smith. I'm a guy who loves Jesus, His Word, and His Church. I am filled with Great Expectations for what the future will ultimately bring - Matthew 24:14.

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My favourite verse is Psalm 16:11, my other favourite verse is Acts 20:24, my other favourite verse is Habakkuk 3:17-19, and my other favourite verse is Matthew 24:14.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Treasure Principle

Those on my email list know that I like to send out emails with great quotes of the latest good books that I have been reading. Now that exam time is here and I've had some time to relax, I finally took time to type up some quotes from one of my all time favourite books. I thought that in addition to emailing all the quotes to people on my list, I would also post a few here. If these quotes whet your appetite and you would like to read the rest of the 26 quotes I typed up, comment with your email address and I will send them to you.

May God use these quotes from this book in some way to help to save us from the materialism of the culture we live in - and thus to make us sumpremely happy as we use our money to glorify Him among the poor and suffering and lost in this world.

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

This book makes my Must Read list. It is so good that I have read it twice. It weighs in at 120 little pages.

To read 43 Quotes that were selected by someone much better than me, check out
To get more information on the book, including a video sermon download where Randy Alcorn sums the message of this book up into one sermon, check out
“Imagine you’re alive at the end of the Civil War. You’re living in the South, but you are a Northerner. You plan to move home as soon as the war is over. While in the South you’ve accumulated lots of Confederate currency. Now suppose you know for a fact that the North is going to win the war and the end is imminent. What will you do with your Confederate currency?“If you’re smart, there’s only one answer. You should immediately cash in your Confederate currency for U.S. currency – the only money that will have value once the war is over. Keep only enough Confederate currency to meet your short-term needs.” Pg 13-14

“According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong. It’s just plain stupid.” Pg 15

“Suppose your home is in France and you’re visiting America for three months, living in a hotel. You’re told that you can’t bring anything back to France on your flight home. But you can earn money and mail deposits to your bank in France.“Would you fill your hotel room with expensive furniture and wall hangings? Of course not. You’d send your money where your home is. You would spend only what you needed on the temporary residence, sending your treasures ahead so they’d be waiting for you when you got home.” Pg 47

“If we would let this reality sink in, it would forever change the way we think and live. We would stop laying up treasures in our earthly hotel rooms and start sending more ahead to our true home.” Pg 48

“Material wealth doesn’t make us happy.
“Listen to some of the wealthiest people of their day:
· The care of $200 million is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it. – W.H. Vanderbilt
· I am the most miserable man on earth. – John Jacob Astor
· I have made millions, but they have brought me know happiness. – John D. Rockefeller
· Millionaires seldom smile. – Andrew Carnegie

I was happier when doing a mechanic’s job. – Henry Ford” Pg 52-53.

“C.S. Lewis put it this way:
‘We are halfhearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased’ [by the way, this is my (and many other ppls) favourite quote of all time and applies to so much]

“Even many Christians have settled for a life of unsatisfying material acquisitions, like making mud pies in a slum.” Pg 60

“The fact that you’re reading these words is likely a part of God’s plan to change your life – and in turn change history and eternity…“It’s no accident that you live in this time and place in history. Remind yourself again why the God of providence has entrusted you with so much: ‘Your plenty will supply what they need….You will be made rich…so that you can be generous on every occasion’ (2 Corinthians 8:14; 9:11).” Pg 87


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