Handle With Care: Empty Pockets

Week 5 – Empty Pockets [Matthew 6:19-21] CARING FOR TREASURES Treasures in heaven can’t be destroyed Treasures in heaven can’t be stolen Treasures will point to your heart   Time God is in control of time (Psalm 74:16-17) Make the best use of time (Ephesians 5:16) Teach us to number our days that we may … Continue reading Handle With Care: Empty Pockets

More Than a Story: Faithfulness

[The Loaned Money: Matthew 25:14-30] Also known as the Parable of the TalentsA talent is a monetary unit worth about 20 years’ worth of wages.Talent is useless if it is not used.No one is without talent.Talents given according to ability – 5, 2, 1 Responsibility - Faithful over little, set you over much – Action … Continue reading More Than a Story: Faithfulness

More Than a Story: Readiness

[The Ten Bridesmaids: Matthew 25:1-13] Also known as the Parable of the Ten Virgins Not good and bad women– WISE and FOOLISH women. Context: Disciples requested knowledge of a sign or signal of the coming of Jesus. (see Matthew 24:3) These ten women are waiting to escort the bridegroom for the torch lighting procession at … Continue reading More Than a Story: Readiness

More Than a Story: Responsiveness

[Great Feast: Luke 14:15-24] In Luke 14 we see that Someone is hosting a dinner – the person is “a ruler of the Pharisees” Verses 1-6 speak about healing of a person with dropsy on the SabbathVerses 7-11 speak about the place of honor [[PARABLE OF THE AMBITIOUS GUEST]] This parable was told to the … Continue reading More Than a Story: Responsiveness

More Than a Story: Compassion

[The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37] Compassion – Deep awareness of the sufferings or misfortunes of another with a desire to relieve it. Verse 37 - And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same." [NASB] Mercy – eleos (el'-eh-os) – pity, mercy, compassion, tender … Continue reading More Than a Story: Compassion

More Than A Story: Obedience

[The Vineyard Workers: Matthew 20:1-16] Isaiah 1:19 – “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” [HCSB] God uses EVERYONE obedient to Him – Peter asks “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME”? “Then Peter chimed in, ‘We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?’ … Continue reading More Than A Story: Obedience

More Than A Story: Persistence

More Than A Story: Persistence [Friend at Midnight: Luke 11:5-13 / Persistent Widow: Luke 18:1-8] “Prayer is not an exercise. It is the life of the saint.” – Oswald Chambers 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 – “Rejoice always; pray continually.” [NIV] Pray without ceasing, pray constantly, never stop praying, continually be prayerful      Unceasingly - Adialeiptós (ad-ee-al-ipe'-toce) … Continue reading More Than A Story: Persistence

More Than a Story: Richness

More Than a Story is a 12 week study of the parables of Jesus. This is the first week: RICHNESS. Message Outline: More Than a Story: Richness [The Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-21] BE ON GUARD AGAINST COVETOUSNESS Covetousness – desire to have more than you have LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST OF ABUNDANCE OF POSSESSIONS Possessions … Continue reading More Than a Story: Richness