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July 13, 2018, 9:00 AM

Serving two Masters



The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

 

Luke 16:1 Now Jesus was saying to the disciples, "A rich man had a servant manager who was accused of wasting his assets.

 

Luke 16:2 So he called for him and asked him, 'What's this I hear about you? You can't be my manager any longer. Now give me a report about your management!'

 

What does the Manager represent in this Parable?

What does the Rich Man represent in this Parable?

What does the Wealth represent in this Parable?

 

The Manager could be a person in the World.

The Rich Man could represent Salvation, God, the Holy Spirit, or Good.

The Wealth could represent Devil, evil, or The World.

 

Luke 16:3 "Then the servant manager told himself, 'What should I do? My master is taking my position away from me. I'm not strong enough to plow, and I'm ashamed to beg.

 

Luke 16:4 I know what I'll do so that people will welcome me into their homes when I'm dismissed from my job.'

 

Luke 16:5 "So he called for each of his master's debtors. He asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'

 

Luke 16:6 The man replied, 'A hundred jars of olive oil.' The manager told him, 'Get your bill. Sit down quickly and write "50."'

 

Luke 16:7 Then he asked another debtor, 'How much do you owe?' The man replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' The manager told him, 'Get your bill and write "80."'

 

Luke 16:8 The master praised the dishonest servant manager for being so clever, because worldly people are more clever than enlightened people in dealing with their own.

 

Is wealth or money evil?

 

1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.

 

Wealth or money is not the problem, it is the LOVE of wealth and money that is the root of evil.

 

Luke 16:9 "I'm telling you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails, they will welcome you into eternal homes.

 

Luke 16:10 Whoever is faithful with very little is also faithful with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with very little is also dishonest with a lot.

 

Luke 16:11 So if you haven't been faithful with unrighteous wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?

 

Luke 16:12 And if you haven't been faithful with what belongs to foreigners, who will give you what is your own?

 

Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters, because either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and wealth!"

 

Question: Who does the Manager of this parable serve?

Who do you serve?

 

Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters, because either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!"

 

Jesus said this verse to teach us and the Disciples to put our Treasures in Heaven. You can’t serve two masters, you either serve God or someone else.

As we are in the world, we must serve God in our workplace and in the groups we are associated with. Acting like a Christian, keeping the Faith, and obey the teaching of God is serving God in the World, and not being part of The World.

Don’t just read the Bible, Study it.

God Bless

Roger Lampley

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June 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

More than the Death of Lazarus



We see more than the Death of Lazarus, we see Jesus as a loving friend and His Disciples as loving friends.

The Death of Lazarus

John 11:1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.

John 11:3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”

John 11:4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

John 11:6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

John 11:7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

 

Note: Jesus was willing to go into danger for his friend, He said this in John 15:13 about love.

(Joh 15:13) Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus was willing to go back to Judea where the people were wanting to stone Him, for a friend. In verse 16 So was the disciples.

 

John 11:8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?”

 

Note: In John 8:59 they were going to stone Jesus because He told them that He was before Abraham.

(Joh 8:58) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

(Joh 8:59) So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

God Is Good, A Stone would have broken bones, Why no Broken Bones for Jesus; Prophesy.

 

God told Moses and Aaron about the Passover:

Exodus 12:46 It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones.

 

John The Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God:

John 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

 

These rules were echoed in Psalms 34:20;

Psalms 34:20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

 

John 11:9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

John 11:10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.

John 11:11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”

John 11:12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”

John 11:13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.

John 11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died,

John 11:15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.

John 11:16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Note: The Disciples were willing to go with Jesus, knowing they might have to die with Jesus, a friend is a friend, and a Believer is a Believer.

Note: Jesus brings Lazarus back from the dead. This act made believers of some and enemies of some of the religionist’s leaders.

The Plot to Kill Jesus

John 11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him,

John 11:46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

John 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.

John 11:48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

John 11:49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all.

John 11:50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.”

John 11:51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,

John 11:52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

John 11:53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

John 11:54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

John 11:55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.

John 11:56 They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”

John 11:57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.

Note: This is where the conspiracy takes a firm root, they not only want to kill Jesus but also kill the evidence of His power and where He serves.

 

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

(John 12:9) When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.

(John 12:10) So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,

(John 12:11) because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

 

Getting rid of the signs of God and the Word of God is just the start to getting rid of the Preaching and Teaching of God. As Christians, we need to stand firm to our belief in God and The Word of God.

 

Don’t just read the bible, study it. May God Be Praised

 

Deacon Roger Dale Lampley

June 5, 2018

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May 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Born of the Spirit



Born of the Spirit

 

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

John 3:2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

John 3:9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”

John 3:10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.

John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

John 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

 God So Loved the World

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

 

Nicodemus believed Jesus was from God, but could not understand the teaching of the Way. He could not let go of earthly things to receive the heavenly things. Being born of the Spirit is salvation, born of the spirit is The Way. Nicodemus was a Jewish teacher, he knew the scripture, and like a lot of people, could not accept the free gift of salvation through the Holy Spirit from above.

 

Christians help people make this connection of the Holy Spirit, this is what we do as Christians. Help people find the way to God, and be born of the Spirit, to have Salvation everlasting. As Christians, this is what we do.

 

John 3:16 explains why God Sent Jesus, it is out of love for us, a love we need to share.

John 3:17 explains that Jesus is not here to condemn us, but he will help us to lead those lost to salvation through the Holy Spirit. Just remember, Jesus saves, and we help people find the Path to Jesus.

 

Don’t just read the Bible, Study it.

Deacon Roger Dale Lampley

McCombs Baptist Church

 

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May 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

When a Brother in Christ Sins Against You



When a Brother in Christ Sins against You

 

Matthew 18:15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Matthew 18:16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Matthew 18:17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Matthew 18:18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

 

When a fellow Brother or Sister in Christ sins against you, this is what Jesus said to do. We sometimes skip the steps and try to get other to fix the problem. We need to follow the direction laid out for reconciliation, if we follow the steps, then we can put the ball into the offender's court.

Matthew 18:20 sometimes is the verse used to justify worship. If two or more are gathered in my name, means two or more are gathered in my name for what. The why you gathered matters, God is there for us, but if we are gathered for worship, He is there to help us in worship. If we are gathered together for missionary work, He is there to help us. Now, if we are gathered for reconciliation, He is there to help us.

Remember, verses Matthew 18:15-20 are mainly for a reconciliation of a brother and sister in Christ. But God’s Omnipresent is everywhere, not to judge or sin, but to help us. Why two or more are gathered, is the Key, to the Help God can do for us. God never leaves the believer, never.

Don’t just read the Bible, Study It.

God Bless

Roger Dale Lampley

Deacon, McCombs Baptist Church

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April 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

Unnamed Workers



Many Unnamed People helped the ministry of Christ.

An example:

1. The Wise men from the east, (Matthew 2:1-12)

a. None of these men were named in the Scriptures. 

b. We don’t know the exact number of wise men

c. They played an important role in the safety of Jesus

2. The name of Pharaoh’s Daughter is unknown, (Exodus 2:5-10)

a. The verse talks about Moses brought out of the water to Pharaoh’s Daughter

b. We don’t know the name of Daughter, but she played an important role in the life of Moses and the Jewish People. 

3. The name of the two criminals with Jesus on the Cross not named, (Luke 23:39-43)

a. The scriptures talk about two criminals being crucified with Jesus

b. The one acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God, the other did not

c. One was saved, one was not, either criminal was named

We as Christians go through life working for God in silence.  We are not named, we don’t do our work for the Lord for Glory, or Recognition. We are like these unnamed workers throughout the Bible. We Unnamed Christians Praise God, Tell people about the way, we lift up Brother and Sister in Christ, and we tell the lost the Way to Christ and Salvation. 

Don’t just read the Bible, Study it. May God Bless you this day.

Roger Dale Lampley

Deacon McCombs Baptist Church

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