December 2019

Focused on the Father

In the message of Christmas, Jesus’ incarnation is the answer to his prayer that God’s kingdom would burst forth in this world just as incarnation through us is the answer to God’s will being realized.   Matthew 6:9-10

A Prayer Warrior

Attention grabbing prayer is not prayer done to be showy, but prayer that is sincere and specific conversation with God. That is the prayer that grabs God’s attention.   Matthew 6:5-8

November 2019

The Divine Divider

Jesus teaches us to be careful how we live today for judgment will come. How we live today will be measured in how we are judged. Luke 16:19-31 The Parable of the Lazarus and the Rich Man

The Grace Giver

Jesus teaches us of a father that loves his children when they openly reject him or feign faithfulness to him.   Luke 15:11-32

October 2019

The Object of Our Worship

In a story of contrasting characters, Jesus teaches us that when we look down on others we can’t see that which is truly deserving of our worship.   Luke 18:9-14

The Hospitable Host

Jesus tells a story about a kingdom celebration invitation. Some reject the invitation. Others receive the invitation. The difference in the guest lists demonstrates God’s heart for humanity. We now, as welcome guests, are to serve as inviters to this banquet.   Luke 14:12-24; Matthew 22:11-14; Revelation 19:6-9

The Life of the Party

Jesus teaches us the tremendous value that he places on those who are lost … a value so great that when they are found it is party time.   Luke 15:1-7

God of Tomorrow

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager is one that doesn’t end quite how we would expect at a quick reading. Yet, when we dig down into the story Jesus is calling us to depend on God’s grace as the only resource that can provide a hope-filled future.    Luke 16:1-9

September 2019

The Divine Auditor

The parable of the talents is not a quaint story about using your skills for the kingdom. It is a dire warning to take risks to advance the kingdom, or suffer the consequences of being removed from the king’s kingdom.   Matthew 25:14-30

The Eye Opener

Jesus teaches us that the path to heaven is lovingly ministering to those who are in need regardless of the differences which might exist.   Luke 10:25-37

The Best Boss

Jesus teaches us that God is just in never giving us less than we deserve, but gracious in blessing us with what we don’t serve. Yet, we may find ourselves envious of those whom we perceive God treating with generosity.   Matthew 20:1-16

The Seed Sower

Jesus teaches us that we are responsible for sharing what God has done in our lives. He is responsible for the outcome.   Matthew 13:1-9