The one whom God helps

September 26, 2016

Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, about the story of the rich man and Lazarus, and what the story teaches us about compassion and use of our possessions during life on earth, and also how it is a story about eternal life and salvation. How do we come as beggars to a feast?


Stewarding for our True Master

September 19, 2016

Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. Why was the manager praised? What does Jesus want us to learn from this story, and how we are to steward and use money, wealth, or possessions? What are the positive goals He tells us to aspire to? What wisdom is there here for earthly life, and also eternal life as well? How does Jesus stand as a contrast and counterpart to the dishonest manager? How does He handle our debts?


God’s Joy for Finding the Lost

September 12, 2016

Sermon on Luke 15:1-10, for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, about the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. How do these parables (and also the third in the set--the Lost or Prodigal Son), communicate to us our own lost condition and the love of God the Father and Jesus Christ for the lost? What does it mean to be lost? How does it affect us? How does Jesus want to shape our hearts? How do we share in the joy and celebration of heaven?


Count the Cost

September 7, 2016

Sermon on Luke 14:25-35, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' statements on the conditions and cost of discipleship. How do we understand Jesus' call that you cannot be His disciple unless you "hate" your family? What are the uses of the word "hate" in the Bible, and what can this mean? What sort of undertaking is discipleship, and how do we meet with the cost and the resources for such an endeavor? Who supplies all we need, and how?