Money and Possessions
March 13, 2019 • Neil Thompson
Jesus uses the story of the rich man with fertile land to teach about money and possessions. This mans focus was building bigger barns and accumulating more things. His focus was on money and possessions, not on his relationship with the Lord. The Bible has a lot to say about money and possessions and the focus is never on these things, but how we deal with them in our life. Do we allow them to interfere with our relationship with the Lord or do we use them to show His glory. No matter how much you have or don’t have money and possessions ,even in the smallest amount, can turn you away from the Lord and put the focus on getting more things. We must not allow this to happen in our life and sometimes that means walking away from everything we have. But when we do this the Lord will ALWAYS provide what we need and will often exceed what we once had.
March 6, 2019 • Brian Motte
Often we hear of the reason that people do not attend church is because Christians are so hypocritical. Sometimes we might even feel as if we are not worthy of preaching the gospel or teaching someone the truth because people who know us might think we are hypocrites. But what does Jesus actually teach us about what a true hypocrite is? Are you a hypocrite and don’t even know it?
Jesus' Purpose • December 12, 2018 • Brian Motte
Life is so busy that we don’t even need to sin to find ourselves outside of the will of God for our lives. All we have to do is be distracted from what we are truly made to do. When this happens, we miss our purpose, not because we are doing something wrong, rather, we may be doing many things right. However, they’re just not the things God purposed for us to do. Jesus was faced by many great things he could do. He even had many people with needs that begged him not to leave them, but he knew that God had called him to share the gospel far and wide. So rather than get distracted by the many good things he could be doing, he stayed focused on his God-given mission.
Came for the Sick
Jesus the Man • December 5, 2018 • Brian Motte
We sometimes wonder why the Savior of the World had to become human, but Christ’s humanity accomplished many things. He is able to relate to us because of his experience with temptation and He left an example of what it means to honor God with our lives. As a man, Jesus spent much of his time with vile sinners, which religious leaders turned their noses up to. But those “vile sinners” were the very reason why he became flesh and dwelt among us. His purpose was...and is... to save those who are sick and dead in their sin, those in the need of asavior and a Lord to direct their lives.
Honors His Parents
Jesus the Man • October 17, 2018 • Brian Motte
Jesus feels a calling to be about God the Father’s work and stay in the temple and teach the Pharisees. Because of this, he stays behind when his parents leave Jerusalem. A few days later his parents come back to find him, worried about his safety. Even though he was doing the work of God the Father, like us, Jesus has also been called to Honor his parents. So when his parents ask him to leave with them, is he supposed to stay in Jerusalem and honor his heavenly father or honor his worldly father and go back with them to Nazareth?