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When Opportunity Knocks--big Or Little

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

The Attitudes Of Those Who Heard Jesus' Parable About The Talents

Do you think that religion is always good?

Do you think that religion that is orthodox is always good?

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Do you think that religion is always good?

Deciding What To Do With The Opportunities We're Given

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

PURPOSE: To have listeners consider how big decisions make many other decisions for them.

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

Ability And Opportunity

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

PURPOSE: To have listeners consider how big decisions make many other decisions for them.

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

Avoiding Regret In Eternity

In Matthew 25:28, there’s a strange phrase. The master is responding to a servant who has buried his talent, and he says, "Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents."

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that turning their back on opportunities to serve God now can have eternal consequences.

In Matthew 25:28, there’s a strange phrase. The master is responding to a servant who has buried his talent, and he says, "Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents."

Choices And Consequences

What do judgment and reward have in common?

PURPOSE: That listeners feel the dignity involved in being human.

Recently I read a review of a novel in which the author reflected on a humanist point of view. He insisted that we did not need to have God in order to have morality. We could decide the issues of life simply on the basis of what benefitted human beings. He went on to argue that this gave great dignity to human beings in contrast to his view of Christian doctrine in which men and women are simply the playthings of the gods.

The 10th Commandment Is Really A Trust Issue

"But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: they said, 'Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see that covetousness shows our distrust of God.

"But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: they said, 'Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?' " (Psalm 78:17-22).

Going Beyond The Action To The Motive Of Adultery

Do you ever read much about covetousness in the newspaper or the news magazines? Are there stories in the newspapers and news magazines that really are about covetousness, but the word itself is never used?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how coveting can lead to terrible consequences not only for other people, but for other families.

Do you ever read much about covetousness in the newspaper or the news magazines? Are there stories in the newspapers and news magazines that really are about covetousness, but the word itself is never used?

The Ten Commandments And The Attitudes Behind Our Actions

A young man whom we meet in the Bible had an unsettling conversation with Jesus, recorded in Mark 10:17-22.

Have you ever met anyone who said similar things about themselves?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate that keeping the Ten Commandments involves our heart as well as our actions.

A young man whom we meet in the Bible had an unsettling conversation with Jesus, recorded in Mark 10:17-22.

Faith--choosing God's Side Even In Difficult Times (part 2)

One of the important questions a thoughtful preacher has to answer in a sermon is "So what?" How does this work?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that living by faith means living in confidence in a specific word from God.

One of the important questions a thoughtful preacher has to answer in a sermon is "So what?" How does this work?

A Look At The Life Of Abraham Part 1

Have you ever moved to a new location? Did you find it difficult or challenging? God sometimes asks us to make difficult changes in what we depend on for security.

Decisions Require Faith (part 3) Part 20

The entire story of Abraham featured in Hebrews 11 and developed in Genesis is framed by security and insecurity. Can you sense in your own walk with God the forces of insecurity and security playing up against each other?

Are You Wiling To Step Into The Unknown With God? Part 52

Some call it a crisis of faith. Others call it a crossroads. But at some point in our lives each of us will choose whether to follow God or take another path.

How To Measure Opportunities That Come Our Way Part 57

When making major decisions like where to live, where to put your kids through school, what job to take . . . it can be difficult to know which choice to make. Facing big decisions right now?

 

Struggling To Make The Right Decision? Part 63

Whether it’s an extra slice of cake when we’re on a diet or a major indiscretion . . . decisions seem insurmountable when temptation crosses our path.