Archive for the ‘Laziness’ Category

Timeline of Truth: Ruth Seeks to Provide, and God Works Out the Details (Ruth 2:1-3)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

As the widowed daughter-in-law who committed herself to her widowed mother-in-law, Ruth takes the initiative to provide. She seeks and receives Naomi’s approval to go and glean in the fields, as the Law provided for the poor and stranger. Ruth’s righteous choices are aided by God’s working in the background long before.

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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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Paul’s Final Words to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:32-35)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In this lesson, we summarize verses 17-31, and then take a look at five final principles Paul shares with the Ephesian elders. What last, most important things would you share to church leaders?

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