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The Parable of the Ten Servants

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on April 15th, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke 19:11-27 and concerns a parable Jesus told "to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away."  The sermon also takes a look at a question that the parable raises about how to think about and interpret the details of the parable.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on April 8th, 2019

From Luke 18:9-14, this sermon looks at the danger of entering into judgment about another person.  Both of the men in the parable probably did not understand the Other.  Jesus said that the "kingdom of heaven" is in the midst of you, meaning that we are each little Temples of God's kingdom and that we should treat each other in the way that Jesus would have us do it.

Lost Things

Posted in Jesus, tax collector, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 31st, 2019

The parable on which this sermon is based is about the loss of a single coin from a woman's dowery.  The parable was told by Jesus in response to criticism that the religious leaders were aiming at him for associating with the "wrong" people.  It's a telling statement to the church of Jesus about what he expects us to be doing in regard to the lost, alienated, and disenfranchised.

Excuses, excuses….

Posted in Jesus, kingdom, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 25th, 2019

Jesus told a parable about how invitees to a banquet offered lame excuses about why they couldn't attend.  "I just bought some new property."  "I just bought some livestock."  "My wife requires my attention."  You get the idea; one excuse is as good as another when trying to avoid some sort of responsibility.  

This sermon is about what following Christ looks like.  Luke 14:16-24.

Who Is A Faithful Steward

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 10th, 2019

Taken from Luke 12:41-26, this is the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward.  In this parable, Jesus tells about a servant that is given charge of the operations of the landowner's property during the landowner's absence.  According to Jesus, the servant assumed he had plenty of time to do what he wanted in his Master's absence, so he mistreated the other servants and didn't take care of business.  The master returns to bring retribution on the lazy servant.

Jesus' point?  At all times live in a prepared way.

Who is my neighbor?

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 4th, 2019

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus raises a question that prompts a difficult answer - Who is my neighbor?  This sermon examines that question from Luke 10:25-37.

Blessed are the Poor.

Posted in Jesus, discipleship, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on February 18th, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke 6:20-42 which is Luke's recounting of the Sermon on the Mount.  Blessed are the poor explores the uncompromising demands of following Jesus, reflected in Jesus odd blessing on all those who are poor by the world's standards.  Those are the people who form the best Jesus-followers.

What is the Sabbath for?

Posted in Jesus, Sabbath by LifeSpringChurch on February 10th, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke 6:1-11 comes from the occasion when Jesus healed a man's hand on the Sabbath and was condemned for it.  The sermon takes a look at proper uses of the Sabbath as disciples of Jesus.

Go Out Where It Is Deeper

Posted in Jesus, faith by LifeSpringChurch on February 3rd, 2019

This sermon comes from Luke's account of the Great Catch of Fish in Luke 5:1-11.  The sermon is ultimately about whether we will trust God and "go out where it is deeper" or whether we will trust our own fear and desire for control more than God.

Into the Wilderness

Posted in Jesus, wilderness by LifeSpringChurch on January 14th, 2019

The second act of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' life was to drive him into the wilderness.  The sermon comes from Luke 4:1-13 and takes a look at how Jesus grappled with loneliness and temptation presented to him by Satan.  The sermon also asks if we sometimes attempt to find our own solutions for Satan's attacks.


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