Mark 14:1-11 • October 28, 2018 • Murray Lee
Whether you choose to live a moderate or a generous life, you cannot avoid sacrifice. Mark 14:1-11 begins and ends with an insider, Judas, and his plot to betray Jesus. Between these verses is a contrasting story of a woman, an outsider. We are presented with these two people taking two different paths, with each leading to different kind of sacrifice. Jesus forces our hand and says, “Choose.”
Matthew 25:14-30 • October 21, 2018 • Murray Lee
As believers, we ought to consider what we should be doing until Jesus returns. To answer that question, Jesus tells a parable of a master and three servants. The master gave great gifts to each servant. The ones who used their gifts to advance the master’s kingdom were rewarded. The man who did not use his gift but buried it, revealing that he did not know his master, was punished. This parable teaches us many things, the foremost of which is that believers must use their gifts to serve the Lord. Generous living involves every aspect: money, time, and talent.
How an Unchanging God Enables Radical Generosity
Malachi 3:6-12 • October 14, 2018 • Murray Lee
It’s easy to serve God in ways that are not costly. What happens when God requires something that is hard? The people of Jerusalem in Malachi’s day learn that partial obedience is no obedience. In fact, God calls it robbery. How can we be free of greed? We are freed when we treasure something else more than money: our Savior.
Getting Rid of Greed
Matthew 6:19-34 • October 7, 2018 • Murray Lee
Greed has a particular way of blinding you because it prevents you from asking the key question: “How do I, who is the treasure of Christ, reflect his sacrifice in how I give generously?” Jesus speaks about money more than any other social issue because he knows something that we must know: money can either serve us, or we will be enslaved to it. There is no other option. How can we be rid of the anxiety caused by giving it away? Every need you have is met by the King.