In the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30), we see that God wants to take the good work Jesus has done in you and multiply it through you. God saves you for something bigger than yourself–to help others discover the saving love of God. But this mission of multiplication cannot be complete if we are paralyzed by fearful inactivity. In this message, I explain some contributing factors of fearful inactivity and how God’s love empowers us to move from being consumers of religious goods to producers for the kingdom of God!
Many people get to the end of life and realize that they have missed the point. They work hard for financial security, keeping everything they have to themselves. The love of money corrupts their character and leads to misery. Jesus explains how to avoid this trap and how to embrace a life full of meaning, value, purpose, and joy. Check out this message and learn how! (We had some technical difficulties with our camera while shooting this video, so in some places the video cuts in and out. But the audio is good all the way through. We’re working hard to get a new camera to fix the problem.
In this message, I reflect on the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46). The main idea is that the Kingdom of Heaven is among us hidden in plain sight. Do you have eyes to see? Once we find this invaluable treasure of God’s presence it changes everything. Check out this message to see how!
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view [lit., ‘according to the flesh’ = from a frame of reference that opposes God]” (2 Corinthians 5:16). Those in Christ see differently. They see the people around them differently, as those for whom Christ died, not as outsiders to be marginalized, opponents to be debated, or enemies to be defeated. This passages connects well with my message yesterday on the Splendid Samaritan.