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Sunday Replay 11.09.08

Winter has arrived!  We went from 70’s during the day at the first of the week to a high of 40 on Sunday!  But it was warm in the House as God’s people worshipped Him!

The worship band did another awesome job – I should really just copy and paste that sentence every week!  Even with a few technical bugs they had to work out before the service, everything went off without a hitch once things got started. 

I was so blessed to receive the gift of the new podium.  Thanks to everyone for their generosity.  I can’t, however, promise that the quality of the preaching will get any better…

We continued our message series, “Bulife-stewardship2ilding a Life of Stewardship” looking at the parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16.  Here was a guy about to lose his job because he had mismanaged the boss’ financial affairs.  He realized that he only had a small window of opportunity to prepare for what would happen to him after he left the position.  He decided to “cook the books” in favor of people who owed his boss money – hoping that those people would treat him well when he was kicked out to the curb.  His, um, resourcefulness attracted the notice and the approval of his soon to be former boss – who recognized that his employee had wisely used the resources and time at his disposal to prepare a soft place for himself to land after his termination. 

The application of this parable has always been handled gingerly in sermons and lessons I have heard over the years.  But Jesus explained exactly what he was talking about in Luke 16:9, “Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.”  Jesus tells us that everything we have is a tool – to be used to make an impact in the lives of others for the Kingdom of God.  He says that everything we have is a test – God is watching to see what will we do with “the little” that we have – how we will use it for His glory and to benefit others. And Jesus tells us that everything we have is a trademark – how we use and manage the stuff God has entrusted to our care puts a stamp of “ownership” on us.  We are either serving God or serving our stuff.

I have to say that I appreciate so much the generous, giving spirit that characterizes so many of our people.  We are blessed to have many faithful, proportional givers.  My prayer is that every person would get on board with that.  If we will do that, we would never have to worry about resources.  We would never have to begin ministry planning by asking, “How much will it cost?”  And God’s Kingdom would be continuously advanced in our community and around the world.

I’m out of town until Wednesday night – at The Sticks Gathering in Loudonville, OH.  If you need me, you can reach me by cell phone.

Abundant blessings to all.  Have a great week.

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