We're in the middle of our Let Me Tell You A Story series, delving deep into the amazing parables unique to the gospel of Luke. Today, we're learning about God's amazing grace in the well-known, life-changing story of Two Sons: one rebellious, one self-righteous... both in need of salvation. Discover once again God's insatiable longing for our salvation, His unending mercy and His incredible love for us, though we are all sinners who stray
C.S. Lewis said, ʺThe business of heaven is joy...ʺ and today, through two of Jesus' wonderful teaching stories, the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Parable of the Lost Coin, we learn that heaven's joy is God's joy becoming our joy! Rest assured: God searches out those who are truly lost and truly repentant... and have no doubt, He will find you. That's why we must sing out to Him with all of our hearts, today and every day. If the business of heaven is joy, let's give heaven our business!
You may be surprised to learn that the second most taught virtue in the New Testament, after love, is humility. Today on Live in the Light, we're taught through another parable unique to Luke about the dangers of living pridefully. At its core, pride is self-exaltation. When we promote, worship and exalt ourselves, then we place God second... and He is the only answer, the only truth, the only One worthy of our worship. You can't win with pride... and you can't lose with humility!
Throughout Scripture, our Lord makes it abundantly clear the importance of His followers bearing fruit for His glory... and yet He is patient. In today's lesson, we learn more about God's great patience through our examination of the parables unique to Luke. The metaphor in Luke 13:6-9 is crystal clear: the fruit Jesus longs for in our lives includes repentance and a complete embracing of our Saviour by faith and faith alone. ʺBut the day of the Lord will come like a thief and the heavens will pass away with a roar...ʺ (2 Peter 3:10) Are you ready?
One of the great temptations of the human heart is the love of money. As we continue in this awesome series, Let Me Tell You A Story, we hear in another parable unique to Luke that we must constantly guard our hearts against greed. Jesus says ʺ...for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessionsʺ in Luke 12:14-15, and yet in this fallen world, it seems that our possessions are the only measure of our success.
Time for a heart check! Are you giving to God's glory? Are you giving sacrificially? Why not?
Jesus taught many important, life-changing lessons in His parables...and in this series, Let Me Tell You A Story, we're getting ready to dig deeper into the incredible parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. Today, for our first parable, we delve into an awesome story illustrating 'head knowledge' versus 'heart knowledge'. Without a heart on fire—also known as compassion—life in Christ is futile.
Does your life in Christ look different today than it did a year ago? Are you drawing closer toward him or do you find yourself moving further away from him? In this last message of the series, we examine the closing comments in the final verses of Malachi. God's challenges his people to turn their hearts away from the temptations of the world that ultimately lead to a wasted life. Instead, turn your hearts towards the Father! Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.
What does it mean to 'fear the name of the Lord'? In the NIV translation of the bible, the word 'fear' is replaced with 'reverance'. It means standing in awe and worship - in reverance - of the name of the one and only God. Here in Malachi, we are promised that those who fear his name will be treasured and loved by him. The Lord hears and will remember those who esteem his great name. How great is our God!
Matthew 6:21 tells us " where your treasure is, there will be your heart also". In today's message, God's word teaches us the importance of giving to his kingdom with both generosity and joy. In fact, the manner in which we give directly reflects the position and passion of our heart. Today as we further unpack the book of Malachi, God challenges us to test him with our tithes and offerings. Watch how lavishly he will pour out his blessings upon those who give generously! Indeed, he promises that when we invest unselfishly in his kingdom, grace and righteousness will abound!
Marriage is not only the relationship between husband and wife, it is first and foremost a covenant made before God! He cares deeply for the sanctity and beauty of marriage and carefully designed it to illustrate the intimate relationship between God and his people. When we are unfaithful in marriage, we are firstly unfaithful to God! The Word teaches us that faithfulness to God will be blessed. Today in Malachi he asks - Why then are we faithless?