1. What Jesus Values Most of All

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    The story is told of a pastor who phoned the home of some recent visitors to his church, and a voice answered quietly, "Hello?". The pastor said, "Who is this?" There was a little whisper on the other end. It said, "This is Johnny." The pastor said, "How old are you, Johnny?" He said, "I’m four." "Johnny, may I please speak to your mom?" "She’s busy." "Then can I speak to your dad?" "He’s busy, too.” "Are there any other adults at your house?” "The police.” "Well, could I speak to one of the police officers?” "They’re all busy.” "Anyone else there?” "The firemen.” "Put one of the firemen on the phone.” "They’re busy." "Johnny, what are they all busy doing?" They’re looking for me." Some Christians are just like little Johnny. They are hiding out. They do not want to be discovered. This is especially true when it comes to talking about stewardship and tithing. Usually the offering is the deadest time of the church service: You may have read of a person that had a heart attack and died in the morning service of his church. They called the paramedics and they came while the offering was being taken. It took them ten minutes to find which one was actually dead. Intro: There are two Gospels preached in the Bible, for Jesus brought two things with Him: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 There is the Gospel of Grace that we love to hear. The Gospel of God's love for even the worst sinner, the forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ, and His continued mercy and love for His children. There is also the Gospel of the Kingdom. But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4:43 In the Kingdom, there is a King, and the King must be honored. He has expectations, He has commands. The subjects who desire to live in His Kingdom must follow His Word. We love the Gospel of Grace, because we feel comfortable there, accepted, loved. However, the whole purpose of the Gospel of Grace is to move us into the Gospel of the Kingdom. We accept Jesus as Savior, but we must also accept Him as Lord. The Christian life that we are living is preparation for living in the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ. When He returns to set up His kingdom, we will reign with Him, and our duties will depend upon how we prepared here on earth. We will be reading from Luke 12 today, and we will see what Jesus values most of all in the universe. What you may not understand is that the Gospel of the Kingdom has no room for greed in it. However, what you may find most surprising is how Jesus defines greed. His definition is not how we define it, for Jesus sees greed as the greatest barrier to the fulfillment of the Gospel of the Kingdom. • Greed affects our willingness to serve and to watch for His return. Text: Luke 12 1. Warning of the Leaven of the Pharisees - Hypocrisy (1-3) Luke 12 opens with Jesus being surrounded with such a large crowd that the people were stepping on each other. He began speaking, but he directed his comments to His disciples. The Hypocrisy of the Pharisees (1-3) He began by warning them of the leaven of the Pharisees. Specifically He was addressing their hypocrisy. Jesus may have even given examples. Perhaps the one most irritating to Jesus was the way the Pharisees appeared to be religious and God-fearing, but inwardly they were men motivated by greed and selfishness: (Just the chapter before Luke 12)  The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. Luke 11:38-39  Luke 16:14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. Jesus tells His disciples that everything that is hid will be revealed. God sees all and knows all. God knows your heart. He knows what motivates you...He knows what you secretly value...He knows your motivations...He knows the hidden idols of your heart. Your secrets, your sins will one day be brought to light.  Listen to Hal 2. Our Value to God - Greater than Sparrows (4-7) Jesus then compares us to sparrows and claims that even the hairs of our heads are numbered. No need to fear, for we are much more valuable than sparrows. Fear Not. How many times have you worried over upcoming bills?  Fear Not! Just think, your worrying is a way of denying Jesus before men. Your fretting about bills and about food fails to acknowledge the power of Jesus, the Words of Jesus. If God cares about sparrows, He certainly cares about you. Even Our hairs are numbered 3. Demonstration of Our Value to God (v 8-12) • We are living testimonies of Christ to this world • When we lift up the Name of Jesus, He will lift us up before the angels of God  When you get to heaven, will the angels know your name? • The Holy Spirit will even speak thru you if you let Him. 4. A Selfish Demand for the "Teacher"(13-14) • In the middle of Jesus talking about our Value to God, a man interrupts to ask a question about something valuable to him! • "I am getting cheated out of my Dad's inheritance!" • Tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me! “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Luke 12:14 5. Jesus Clarifies the Life of His Followers (15) • Guard against Greed • Life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15 NIV) There are two words in the Greek, which are used almost interchangeably for both GREED AND COVETOUSNESS. Both words are derived from two Greek words, which combined mean to desire or to hold more. [From (pleion) and (echo); meaning to hold or desire more] 1. pleonektēs - covet, desire 2. pleonexía - Covetousness, greediness  Jesus uses pleonexia in Luke 12:15 to describe the heart of the man who interrupted him.  Pleonexía is a larger term which includes philarguría , love of money to hoard away, avarice.  Pleonexia is most often connected with the outward actions which reveal the inward covetousness of the heart.); such as thefts, plans of fraud and extortion . In the English language, greed and covetousness share very similar meanings. If there is any distinction, covet is more of an inward attitude, while greed is more of an outward action. Most of us will admit to some degree of coveting, but few will admit to being greedy like Scrooge McDuck, who would go into his vault and play with all his money. A very successful lawyer parked his brand-new Lexus in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck passed too closely and completely tore off the door on the driver's side. The lawyer immediately grabbed his cell phone, dialed 911, and within minutes, a police officer pulled up. Before the officer had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically. His Lexus, which he had just picked up the day before, was now completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter what the body shop did to it. When the lawyer finally wound down from his ranting and raving, the officer shook his head in disgust and disbelief. "I can't believe how materialistic you lawyers are," he said. "You are so focused on your possessions that you don't notice anything else." "How can you say such a thing?" asked the lawyer. The cop replied, "Don't you know that your left arm is missing from the elbow down? It must have been torn off when the truck hit you." "My God!" screamed the lawyer. "Where's my Rolex?" Covetousness is a very grave sin; indeed, so heinous is it that the Scriptures class it among the very gravest and grossest crimes • But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Ephesians 5:3). • Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: Colossians 3:5 • Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Covetousness and greed are the foundation of a heart that turns away from Jesus Christ and insure that one will be excluded from heaven. Life and Eternal Life are the same to Jesus. He holds the key to both. If possessions are your god, then He cannot be. JESUS ALWAYS FOCUSES ON THE HEART ATTITUDE.  Jesus Re-Defines Life for His followers. It is not about possessions. In fact, if you think it is, you are diseased with a life-robbing disease called greed.  Greed indicates that self is on the throne of one’s heart and that God is not. Jesus is not Lord of greedy people, which is precisely why Scripture tells us that greed is equivalent to idolatry (see Eph. 5:5; Col. 3:5). 6. Parable of the Rich Man (16-21) “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21 A. The Rich Man Saw only Himself. He thought only of himself when he considered what to do with his prosperity. He made his decision as if he were the only person in the world. It never occurred to him to think of those who had little or no food. He did not love his neighbor as himself. He only loved himself. He acted selfishly. B. The Rich Man was Blind to Eternity. He only saw his life on earth. His motto was you only go around once, so go for all the gusto you can. Eternity was a foreign concept to him. As Jesus said, he laid up treasure for himself on earth, not considering the eternal ramifications of his decision. The remainder of his earthly life might be enviable, but how about his life throughout eternity? He possessed earthly treasures, but what about heavenly treasures? C. The Rich Man was Blind to God. It never occurred to him that God, the one responsible for the good weather that brought abundant crops, had blessed him in order to make him a blessing to others. He never saw his opportunity to glorify God by obeying Him and loving his neighbor as himself. Although he was rich in earthly material things, he was not “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21) as Jesus said. His lifestyle was a testimony to his unbelief, as he ignored the two greatest commandments. D. The Rich Man was Blind to His Mortality (Luke 12:19), He thought he had plenty of time left. He assumed he was in control of his life. The rich man in Jesus’ parable died on the very night he made his selfish decision. The final decision of his life was a selfish, damning decision. His death that night may well have been God’s judgment upon him because of his selfish decision. • One who has a greedy heart is blind to God's Kingdom, blind to his responsibilities as a Kingdom Citizen. • One who has a greedy heart lays up treasure for himself, and not for the Kingdom of God. He is selfish, shortsighted, and lacking in even basic faith. • People who lay up wealth or possessions for themselves are greedy, and are not rich toward God. o They are in control of their possessions, and leaving the King out of it. Greed begins with the false belief that money is the way to get honor, happiness, and security. "By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life. Prov 22:4 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. MIDDLE CLASS CHRISTIANS CAN BE GREEDY Some people will say that this parable only applies to farmers who have good harvest. Or to rich people with a lot of money. Do you think the Parable of the Good Samaritan only applies to people walking on the road to Jericho? Others say this parable applies only to people who get a big windfall, or win the lottery, not to people who get a paycheck every week or two.  Do not fool yourself.  Jesus applies this parable to you and me, citizens of His kingdom. What Jesus said has application to everyone who has more than he needs, anyone who might “lay up treasure for himself”, whether he has accumulated it slowly or suddenly. I might also add that there is nothing in Jesus’ parable that states the rich man accumulated his wealth suddenly. His wealth was more likely acquired gradually, through seasons of fruitful harvests. I suspect that it would be difficult to retire on just one year’s crop. Suppose someone said, “I’m glad I’m not faced with the option of an early retirement, or else I’d have to give some thought to what Jesus taught”? Although what Jesus said has application to those faced with the option of an early retirement, it clearly has application to those not faced with such an option. Jesus Himself revealed to whom the parable applies—anyone who has opportunity, like the man in the parable, to “lay up treasure for himself” (Luke 12:21), TITHERS CAN BE GREEDY TOO It is possible to be a tither and still layup treasures for yourself, if you have been blessed with abundance. It is very possible to tithe and be selfish with the remaining abundance. One may tithe and remain guilty of greed. The Pharisees scrupulously tithed, but according to Scripture, they were also lovers of money (see Luke 11:42; 16:14) and were also hell bound (see Matt. 23:13-15). We are just as foolish as the man in the parable if we think our lives consist of our possessions—when the primary pursuit in our lives is the acquiring and selfish enjoyment of material things. Isn’t that the picture of so many of us who claim to be Christians? Our lives completely revolve around acquiring, selfishly spending, and selfishly enjoying wealth. That is what we live for. We are not seeking first the kingdom of God, as Jesus commanded us (see Matt. 6:33). We are trying to find happiness in material wealth, not in knowing, loving, enjoying and obeying God. What have you done for God, or for the sake of the Gospel, that really cost you something? (I mean it was like the widow who gave her last mite as an offering.)  We are rich, but not “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). You have heard the crazy story. A feller goes to another feller, and he says this to him: “If you had a hundred cows, would you give 50 of them to the Lord?” “Well, certainly, I would. If I had a hundred cows, I’d give 50 to the Lord.” “If you had a hundred sheep, would you give 50 of them to the Lord?” “Yes, Sir. If I had a hundred sheep, I’d give 50 to the Lord.” “Well, if you had a hundred horses, would you give 50 of them to the Lord?” “Yes, Sir.” “If you had a hundred pigs, would you give 50 of them to the Lord?” “Yes, Sir.” “Well, if you had two pigs, would you give one to the Lord?” “Now, you know I’ve got two pigs. I’m not going to give one of them to the Lord.” It is easy for us—it is easy for us to look at our neighbor’s wealth and say, “You know, if I had all that money, I’d be so generous. I’d support the Lord’s work and do this or that.” “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.” Oscar Wilde 7. Jesus Presents Kingdom Living (22-34) “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 • Stress Free "No Thought" Method of living • Do not be of a doubtful mind. • Believe in and trust in the Power of God to provide for you. • Seek the Kingdom of God with you goods, your possessions, and your life. • Sell what you have to give alms. • Where your treasure is, your heart will be also. • Kingdom living is a matter of the heart. • What does your heart focus on! • Where is your treasure? • Do not be weak in faith! 8. Kingdom Cry! "Let your loins be girded and your lights burning". (35-40) ESV: “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, Luke 12:35 • Wait for the Master to come. • Open the door the second he knocks, • Don't leave the house unattended, to seek your own pleasure • Always be ready and expectant for the Lord's return. 9. Jesus Values an Expectant Steward Most of All (37, 41-48)  Jesus will serve you • When we get to heaven, we will not be wondering if we will dance, or shout, or fall to our knees. We will be reclining at dinner and Jesus will be serving us! He will be washing our feet, anointing our head! • His Servants are watching because our treasure is in heaven. • His servants are watching because they are faithful and wise(42) • Faithful rests upon faith, which allows us to see Him who is invisible • Wisdom comes from above, not below. 10. Bad Stewards will be tossed from the Kingdom. • Servants that say, "He has delayed his coming" will be beaten and lose reward. 11. Jesus did not come to bring you convenience and prosperity • Fire • Division CULTURAL CHRISTIAN'S BELIEVE THAT JESUS FITS NICELY IN THE AMERICAN DREAM! I confess that as a young Christian I was caught in pursuing the American Dream. I thought the best Christians were rich, with the fancy cars, huge house, and great job. Those kinds of Christians were really blessed. However, I was really pursuing the dream not for how it would benefit God's kingdom, but for how it would benefit mine. I obsessed over money and things, and focused on enjoying the material fruits of MY labor! After all, God was helping me, but it was my hard work that brought success. My experience is that most Christians are buying into this concept of a 'Christianized' American Dream of success and prosperity being an earmark of the 'blessing' of God.  The average church is not abuzz with Kingdom of God talk, but with the Kingdom of me talk. We do not talk about what God is doing in our lives, how he is using us to win others to Christ, to minister to the needs of others. No, we talk about this possession, that vacation, that accomplishment. We focus on the Kingdom of Me! We worry about our health, we worry about our retirement, but we do not worry about the next-door neighbor going to Hell. We do not worry about God's Kingdom and what we are doing and praying to see it accomplished. Do you want Jesus to talk about you to the angels? Do you want Him to recognize your service in heaven? Jesus values faithful stewards most of all. Men and women who walk by faith, who trust God with their possessions, and are always looking at ways to give for the sake of His kingdom.  It is not a matter of how much you give; it is a matter of whether you give Him everything, no matter how much you have. BE A KINGDOM SOWER: 2 Corinthians 9:9-12 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  Rich Toward God:  Transfer Ownership  Learn Contentment  Needs vs. Wants A KINGDOM SOWER HAS TWO SEED ACCOUNTS: 1. One personal to provide food and enough for next year's crop. 2. The second is to be sown in the lives of others.  God promises to provide for your needs.  God promises to multiply your seed to benefit others.  Harvest of righteousness  Overflowing of Thanksgiving for God  Ye have not because ye ask not  My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. A Greedy person does not have an intimate relationship with God, nor does he want to depend on God for daily provisions. He wants to self-sufficient and independent. We ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. ASK:  Do I desire anything that my neighbor owns?  Do I ever think, "Wouldn't be nice to have that...?"  Do I constantly check my bank and investment balances?  Am I  Am I trying to store up riches so that I can enjoy a comfortable retirement of pleasure?  Do I have possessions that are rusting with disuse, getting moldy in storage, or so extravagant that I fear they would be stolen?  How rich am I toward God? ARE YOU UNPROFITABLE? One way that Jesus gives us to answer the question of how rich we are toward God is through a little illustration He gave that is recorded in Matthew and Luke 17. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.' "Luke 17:7-10NKJV Wuest: "We have done nothing more than that which was commanded us, are not deserving of any meritorious mention. We have done that which we ought to have done. Luke 17:10  Jesus ties unprofitable servants with those of little faith.  Jesus ties greed and covetousness to an inward attitude of selfishness and a shortsighted focus on possessions and money as the means of life.  Jesus ties His values to those people who focus on the eternal, forsake the temporal, and trust God fully for their life, including the money they need to live. I will ask the question again:  How rich are you toward God?  Are you an unprofitable servant, a servant not worth mentioning to the angels?  Are you focused on storing up for yourself? OR  Are you living by faith in the power of the Name of God? Are you depending upon Him for your needs, and forsaking your wants for the sake of others.  Are you girded for service?  Has the Holy Spirit lit your lamp and got it burning brightly? Are you going beyond what is commanded and giving more by faith?  Is your faith growing? Then look for the return of Jesus. Lay up treasures for Him. When He returns, He will be looking for those profitable stewards so that He can honor them. "It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:2). THE STEWARD'S RESPONSIBILITY Are you rich toward God? A faithful steward sees himself as personally responsible for the reputation of his master. What the world knows of God will be through your faith, your actions, your giving. A steward's eyes are always focused on his master, and not on his own selfish desires. He fully knows the power of God, what His riches are, realizes he has entree to all that His Lord has, and has a responsibility to distribute as the Lord directs. Would you purpose to be a Steward, a profitable servant in the Kingdom of God?

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    • Judgment, Mercy and Faith * by Bill Parker

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      Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

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      • Scripture-Twisting Tradition (Mark 7:1-13) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-32 Let’s go to Mark chapter 7. Mark chapter 7 is like so many of the sections in Mark because it is an abbreviated gospel, it’s a briefer gospel, it’s a fast-pace gospel. His favorite word is the word “immediately.” He keeps moving rapidly. He is very selective on the sections that he chooses to write about in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ and this is one of those very notable ones you cannot overlook. Matthew had a very carefully crafted account of this same incident as well. And, of course, Mark’s account before us is a full and enriched parallel account as the one in Matthew. I want to look at these thirteen verses that start the seventh chapter. I could take the time to read them all but I think what I’m going to do is just kind of work our way through so that we experience the event as it unfolds. That’s one of the enjoyable aspects of narrative texts, we are there and we live out the very experience of our Lord and the people who are part of the scene. I will point to one verse, that is verse 7. This is the key verse to understanding this entire incident. “In vain do they worship Me.” Vain worship...vain meaning empty, useless, pointless, lifeless, hypocritical worship. This characterized the people of Israel at the time of our Lord. And it wasn’t anything new, it was deeply imbedded into their religion. It was in the water. It was in the ground. It was in the air. It was in the fabric of how they thought and how they acted. They were literally the products of centuries of hypocritical, superficial, empty, useless worship. It was directed at the right God but in the wrong way. God does not accept worship, even worship in His name directed at Him done wrongly. It’s a problem, a serious problem to worship the wrong God, and it’s equally a problem, a serious problem, to worship the right God in the wrong way. And the Jews had turned this into a highly sophisticated art form...

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        • Was Jesus Polite to False Teachers?

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          http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com Many Christians today are greatly concerned about the rising influences of communism, humanism, secularism, and social injustice. Yet those evils, great as they are, do not together pose the threat to Christianity that false shepherds and pastors do. Throughout the history of redemption, the greatest threat to God's truth and God's work has been false prophets and teachers, because they propose to speak in His name. That is why the Lord's most scathing denunciations were reserved for the false teachers of Israel, who claimed to speak and act for God but were liars. Yet for some reason, evangelical Christianity is often hesitant to confront false teachers with the seriousness and severity that Jesus and the apostles did, and that the godly prophets before them had done. Today, more than at any time in modern history and perhaps more than at any time in the history of the church, pagan religions and cults are seriously encroaching on societies that for centuries have been nominally Christian. Even within the church, many ideas, teachings, and philosophies that are little more than thinly veiled paganism have become popular and influential. As in ancient Israel, the further God's people move away from the foundation of His Word, the more false religion flourishes in the world and even in their own midst. At no time have Christians had greater need to be discerning. They need to recognize and respect true godly shepherds who feed them God's Word and build them up in the faith, and they also must recognize and denounce those who twist and undermine God's Word...

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          • Identity of the Christ

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            Matthew 22:41-46 | November 7, 2010 | Pastor Adam Bailie // The sovereign authority of Jesus dooms his enemies and it should comfort his followers.

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            • The God Who Weeps - Matthew 23:37-39

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              The Lord Jesus weeps over Jerusalem as He shares with them His heart and gives them over to their own devices. This is His final warning for the Pharisees.

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              • "Why I Follow Jesus" Reason 2 - John 10:22-39

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                Dr. Gary Dennis Bible Study presenting part two of the series "Why I Follow Jesus," examines Jesus as our guide to a relationship with God. The lesson also includes a wonderful historical insight to the time of Jesus at the temple, "the Jews" that John was writing about, the political parties of the time, the misinterpretation that lead to anti-semitism and a scathing indictment of Martin Luther! And, you'll get a virtual tour of the Pilgrims' walk to the Temple. If you missed the study, be sure and view this video. If you were there, you may want to view it anyway.

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                • The Prodigal God: You Are All Invited to the Party

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                  The Parable of the Lost Son is an incredible illustration of God's love and forgiveness for us. Ironically, many Christians have the mindset of the elder son with how they view those who have severely lost their way: they fail to go after them and bring them back and have an attitude that God owes them blessings for their obedience.

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                  • How to get a New Birth Certificate

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                    Feeling Old? Want to change the date of birth on your birth certificate? No problem, you just need to be born again. Bible Study John 3: 1-15

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                    • The Parable of the Householder-TV791B * by Bill Parker

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                      Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

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