True Riches (Luke 16:9-13)

 Last Sunday we discussed “You and Your Money”. Using the parable of the dishonest manager from Luke 16:1-8, we were reminded of three (3) principles concerning money and possessions: 1) it is not your money, 2) you are a manager of God’s money, and 3) you are accountable for how you manage God’s money.  TheContinue reading “True Riches (Luke 16:9-13)”

You and Your Money (Luke 16:1-8)

Parable of the Dishonest Manager In Luke 16:1-8, Jesus tells us about a rich man who employed a man to manage his money and accounts.  The manager was dishonest and was charged with wasting his master’s possessions.  When the charges were brought to the master, he ordered the manger to turn in “the account ofContinue reading “You and Your Money (Luke 16:1-8)”

The Other Lost Son (Luke 15:25-32)

Last week’s sermon focused on the parable of the “Prodigal Son” from Luke 15:11-24.  It was entitled “The Lost Son” because it dealt with the younger son who went to a far away country and “squandered his property in reckless living” (13).  It was easy to identify this son as lost because his outward actionsContinue reading “The Other Lost Son (Luke 15:25-32)”

The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-24)

A Man Had Two Sons… I want to tell you a story about a man who had two sons: Jim and Tim.  The youngest son, Tim, came to his dad one day and said, “Dad, I know that when you die I am going to get some money.  Can I have the money now?”  HisContinue reading “The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-24)”

God’s Lost & Found (Luke 15:1-10)

In our text this morning, we come to two parables of Jesus: the parable of the Lost Sheep and the parable of the Lost Coin.  These two parables are practical stories that communicate great spiritual truth.  While the two parables are different, they both vividly illustrate the truth of John 3:16: “God so loved theContinue reading “God’s Lost & Found (Luke 15:1-10)”

Renounce All You Have (Luke 14:25-35)

Have you ever considered what it was like to be Abraham when he was told to sacrifice his only son (Genesis 22)?  Actually, you are told to do what Abraham was told.  No, you are not told to sacrifice your child.  But you are told (like Abraham) to renounce all that you have and thusContinue reading “Renounce All You Have (Luke 14:25-35)”

What is a Disciple? (Matthew 4:18-22)

What is a Disciple? Many Christians know that Jesus commanded His church to “make disciples” (Matt 28:18-20), but what exactly is a disciple?  What does he/she look like and how can you spot one in a crowd?  One of the best definitions of a disciple comes from a pastor named Jim Putman.  In his book,Continue reading “What is a Disciple? (Matthew 4:18-22)”

2012 Year End Review (Matthew 28:18-20)

As one year draws to an end and a new year fast approaches, many people reflect on the past year’s successes and failures and set goals (resolutions) for the coming year.  Whether it is to lose weight, save more, or spend less; we tend to view the new year as a fresh start. (Some howeverContinue reading “2012 Year End Review (Matthew 28:18-20)”

Yes, but let me first (Luke 9:57-62)

One of the great themes of the Gospel of Luke is the emphasis on following Jesus.  Following involves submission to Jesus and His teaching and being completely committed to Him as Lord.  Jesus told His disciples in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross dailyContinue reading “Yes, but let me first (Luke 9:57-62)”

Following Jesus (Luke 9:21-26)

The Context Peter has just confessed that Jesus is “The Christ of God” (20).  Jesus “commanded them to tell this to no none” (21).  This may sound odd, but it was because the crowds wanted the Christ to be a political freedom fighter.  Jesus knew that the Christ “must suffer many things…be killed, and onContinue reading “Following Jesus (Luke 9:21-26)”