April 9, 2020
That's the basic principle of our passage today. What do you do with the little that you have? That's a good indication of how you would manage much. What do you do with someone else's valued possessions? That's a good indication of how you would invest your own. What principle do you serve when it comes to stuff in general?
April 8, 2020
Read that title again! It's true... that is, if you let me explain specifically how. The unjust steward learned and applied to great motivations for future blessing: (1) I will be accountable for my actions, and (2) I can be doing things now that will be of great value later.
April 7, 2020
Many times we hear messages about the prodigal son that don't even include the part about the elder son. How unfortunate! Jesus was answering a criticism from the religious leaders about why he was receiving sinners and eating with them. The lost sheep, coin, and son all symbolized the lost condition of the people he was trying to reach and the value they had to him. But it took the part about the elder son to expose the motive of these religious leaders and their misunderstanding of the heart of God.
April 6, 2020
The main difference between the story of the prodigal son and the previous illustrations of the lost sheep and the lost coin is that the son had a choice to make. That's why the emphasis is not on the father searching for him, but rather lovingly waiting for him. As human beings with a free will, we have a choice to make. God has already made his--he is willing and waiting for you to come.
April 3, 2020
Do you recognize that question? Probably some form of it at least! We've all been in the position from time to time of feverishly looking for something that we desperately need right now. In these second part of an extended answer that Jesus gives to his critics, we will see a wonderful picture of the urgency and thoroughness given to searching for something--or someone--extremely valuable!
April 2, 2020
Few parables are as heartwarming as that of the Good Shepherd looking for the one lost sheep. And do you know who that sheep was? You! I'm not quite sure where the shepherd found that sheep. Was it stuck in a bush? Was it precariously close to a cliff? Was it being imminently hunted by a wolf? Or may it was eating grass in some other green pasture, blissfully (but dangerously) unaware of its loss condition?
April 1, 2020
Do any of you remember a game called Tribonds? The basic gist of the game was for the player to find the connection between three seemingly disconnected words. So what is the word that connects the three terms in today's title? I'm waiting... It's the word salt! Salt makes French fries, peanuts, and Christianity a whole lot more attractive. Find out how today.
March 31, 2020
You'll not get a better definition than the one Jesus carefully explained himself. At first glance, Jesus' definition of discipleship seems almost rude and obnoxious. But upon closer inspection, it makes all the sense in the world. Our initial shock probably has more to do with the fact that discipleship has been so misdefined and mischaracterized in modern Christianity, that the appearance of true discipleship is initially unfamiliar.
March 30, 2020
Sometimes, to avoid the awkwardness of a conversation, we attempt to move on to a more comfortable subject. I suppose we've all done that at some time or another. But it didn't work on Jesus. Trying to wiggle one's way out of the truth he was telling was just not possible--and Jesus proved it in the passage we will discuss today!
March 27, 2020
As the special guest at a special dinner, Jesus could have enjoyed the honors and accolades that went along with the invitation. Instead he used the occasion to teach the guests about which seats they should have chosen (spoiler alert: they chose the wrong ones!), and he rebuked the host for inviting the wrong people to the feast!