How To Quantify Your Happiness
How To Quantify Your Happiness: Mutiny on the Bountiful
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SpeakerDwight K. Nelson
Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.
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“How to Quantify Your Happiness: Mutiny on the Bountiful”
- □ “Mutiny on the Bounty”—The Tale
□ “Mutiny on the Bountiful—The Truth
Luke 12:16—“The of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.”
Psalm 24:1—“The is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the , and all who live in it.”
- Psalm 50:12—“The is Mine, and that is in it.”
- “He’s Got the Whole in His Hands.”
- “ gave a certain rich man an abundant harvest.”
David Redding: “You and I are rich beyond the wildest dreams of most [people] on
earth—rich in groceries with freezers full of fresh vegetables right out of the garden in January, rich in health with magic immunity, miracle medicines and fabulous hospitals filled with Florence Nightingales for T.L.C. We are rich in hundreds of gasoline horses faster and far more comfortable than any camel—rich in houses with huge staffs of mechanical servants to do the laundry and the dishes and furnish whatever weather we wish inside. This parable begins with a little bit of our own autobiography. ‘The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully.’” (The Parables He Told 127)
Luke 12:16-19— times through the first person pronoun this rich man takes all the credit.
It is no more a sin to be , than it is a virtue to be .
- Jesus neither condemned , nor did He commend .
Deuteronomy 8:10-14—“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your
God for the good land He has given you. Otherwise your heart will become
and you will the LORD your God who redeemed you.”
Luke 12:20, 21
David Redding: “This parable is very sad, but sad to shock us into happiness—to make us stop and take stock as the shadows lengthen over our lives. I think it is agreed that Americans are not so bad. But the question this story raises is not are we good or evil, but are we squandering eternity for a pocketful of pleasure.” (130-131).
- Christ’s Object Lessons: “To live for self is to perish. Covetousness, the desire of benefit for self’s sake, cuts the soul off from life. It is the spirit of Satan to get, to draw to self. It is the spirit of Christ to , to self for the good of others.” (259)
- Ellen White: “Continual starves covetousness to death.” (3T 548)
- So if you want to be “rich toward God,” if you want to be like God, .
- The 90 Day Tithe Challenge/The 90 Day 2nd Tithe Challenge
2 Corinthians 8:9—“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was
, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become .”
“Be rich toward Me, even as I have been rich toward you.”
“The Mutiny on the Bounty” and the Pitcairn
Jesus: “Be rich toward God”
- Luke 12:16—“The of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.”