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The story-line for self-made millionaires is often exceedingly self-congratulatory: I made my millions because I got up earlier and stayed later than anyone else around me. That’s the price of success most aren’t willing to pay. I am. 

These words scrape against the grain of faith-talk from believers who confess God as their Jehovah Jireh: my God who provides. 

Can we have it both ways? Can double credits for our wealth be issued to both God and ourselves? Can we boast simultaneously about God and “pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps”?

Both the short and long answers are: No.  

This sermon starter includes both a sermon outline and summary. 

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