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I have only seen a couple of episodes, but I am fascinated by the TV show “Hoarders.” Every episode has two people who for one reason or another cannot get rid of their possessions. You get a glimpse into their homes and see piles of junk all over the place. It is normally filthy and unlivable which is why their loved ones have called in the TV show for help. They get a professional organizer to help their physical situation and a psychiatrist to help with their mental health. A review on their website says, “Most hoarders would keep their hoarding a secret from families and friends for years. The hoarding becomes intense and the hoarder often risks losing their home or relationships over it… The hoarder must decide to what to keep and get rid of. For most of us who don’t have a hoarding problem, we don’t understand why they can’t get rid of obvious garbage. After the hoarder finally gets rid of the first item to the garbage, there is a breakthrough. Often, the hoarders end up fighting over little pieces of items… Usually hoarding has nothing to do with the item itself, the underlying issues beneath the hoarder is usually to cover up the pain and agony.” 

From a Christian perspective, it is easy to see the underlying sin issue. Idolizing our possessions and not trusting the providence of God has serious and dangerous consequences. While not many of us have this extreme of a physical hoarding issue, we may have the same heart issue. God has blessed His people so that they will be a blessing for others. Like the review of the show said, many times we can hold onto little pieces of things to cover up the pain and the agony. When we finally do surrender to God the things that are God’s, we can have a breakthrough and realize the things we held onto so tightly kept us from Him all along. Our hearts should not be prone to hoarding, but prone to giving! Jesus was rich beyond all splendor became poor for our sake. He did not create us to hoard His blessings, but to reflect them back to the world around us. 


Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Sermon: The Vision of Uptown Church: Be A Helping Neighbor


Come All Christians, Be Committed (Traditional)
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Thy Mercy (Sandra McCracken)
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Depth of Mercy (Red Mountain Music)
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Song of Preparation: Hearts of Servants (Shane & Shane)
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Song for the Supper: Thou Who Wast Rich (Ordinary Time)
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Song of Response: Take My Life (Chris Tomlin)
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