Archive for the ‘Diligence’ Category

Jesus Shares a Parable of Response and Responsibility (Luke 19:11-28)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Shares a Parable of Response and Responsibility (Luke 19:11-28)

Jesus tells what we call “The Parable of the Nobleman.” The nobleman needs to go away for an unspecified time to receive a kingdom. Before he leaves, he gives 10 of his servants each a sum of money to invest for him. Somewhere along the process, subjects of his kingdom send notice to him that they will not receive him as their king. The nobleman leaves, and after some time returns. He calls his servants and has them each give a report of what they had accomplished with his money. Some servants excel and report very high earnings, for which the nobleman rewards them with significant promotions. Another servant simply hid the money in lazy fashion and returned the same amount back to his master. The nobleman scolds the servant and gives the existing money to one of the obedient high-achievers. Once the nobleman deals with the servants, he brings the rebellious citizens before him and has them executed.

As the parable suggests, you are in one of two groups regarding your relationship with God: You are either (1) an inside servant (a believer), or (2) an outside rejector.  God will judge both. If you are an inside servant, you are either (1) obeying God by doing what He has assigned you to do, or you are (2) disobediently ignoring what your Master has assigned (and either way, you will give an account). Which group are you in? Which focus do you have?

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Our Future Resurrection Changes Our Now (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The resurrection changes our lives, our outlooks, our focuses. Life is completely different because of our future. Our study ends with the 3 commands in the passage: Be careful, be alert, and be holy.

Paul’s Charge to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:28-31)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Paul commands the elders of Ephesus regarding their responsibilities to themselves and to God’s flock. He also warns them of two imminent threats to the church.

Seven Life Lessons from Paul’s Ministry (Acts 20:17-27)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Paul is heading to Jerusalem. On his way, he stops by Miletus, a city about a day’s journey from Ephesus. Under a strict schedule, but wanting to charge the elders of Ephesus, he calls for them and they meet him in Miletus. Paul bares his soul, first using his own life to challenge and encourage this church leaders. In this study, we look at Paul’s own example, and seven lessons we can learn from that example.

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Serves God in Prison (Genesis 39:21-40:23)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Wrongly accused, Joseph continues to serve God faithfully in prison.

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Serves Potiphar (Genesis 39:1-21)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Joseph rises to favor with his new master (Potiphar), and becomes manager over Potiphar’s entire household.

What a Father Should Teach His Children (Part 2) – Proverbs

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The Book of Proverbs gives us great insight into what we are to be teaching our children. We don’t have to “fly blind” as fathers. God has given us instruction about instructing! This message addresses the next two topics to teach our children about:

  1. Fear the Lord
  2. Pursue True Wisdom
  3. Honor Your Parents
  4. Choose Good Companions
  5. Seek Moral Purity
  6. Practice Thoughtful Discernment
  7. Apply Yourself Diligently