We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources. These resources are available for preachers and Bible teachers to use in touching a lost world with the timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Skin in the Game

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Scriptures: Malachi 3:6-12, Luke 9:23, Matthew 6:21, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Deuteronomy 14:23

The New Testament makes a strong connection between how we manage our finances and our true commitment to Christ. In Matthew 6 Jesus reminds us "where our treasure is, there our heart is also." If we are to be "all in" for Christ, then we cannot exclude our wallets from the commitment. In this message, Dr. Merritt talks about having "skin in the game"--how our saving, spending and giving determine our real priorities in life.

"We want to determine our standard of giving by our standard of living. God wants to determine our standard of living by His standard of giving. If you are not prioritizing your giving to God, you are not prioritizing your living for God. The way you prioritize your finances either brings God in to your financial situation or it shuts God out. When you put God first in any area of your life you invite God into that area of your life. God cares about the priority of your giving." --Dr. Merritt

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