Who is Your Master? – The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost [9/22/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 16:1-13

Opening Prayer: Father God, sometimes our priorities get all messed up, but You remind us that we can start fresh each and every morning.  Just as the dawn marks the beginning of a new day, our focusing upon You marks the beginning of a renewed and uplifted heart, mind, and spirit.  Thank you for loving us and for teaching us what is truly important.  May we worship You.  May we stand in awe of You and all You do for us.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: Chris Tomlin – Nobody Loves Me Like You (Official Music Video)

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Who is Your Master? – The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Brian McLaren, speaker, activist, bestselling author, and former pastor.
How would you like to be liberated and set free from the hold that money has on your life? Brian McLaren–speaker, activist, and bestselling author, explains how to make this happen in today’s sermon from Luke 16:1-13. McLaren explains that today’s parable is a continuation of the three from Luke 15, the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son. These next two parables begin…”there was a rich man.” McLaren explains the historical and economic history surrounding the passage and how understanding this context helps make this parable much more accessible to us. He says, “This passage proclaims a kingdom of God that has an economic system…one in which everyone matters…Love God and you will see everything else in a new value system.” Listen and find out what this new value system is and how it can liberate you from the hold money might have on your life.

Closing Song: Phil Wickham – Living Hope (Official Music Video)

Closing Prayer: Father God, sometimes we let this world and its riches take control of our thoughts, actions, and attitudes.  May we gain an understanding of Your economy – of what has real worth.  May we wisely choose to focus on things that have value in the heavenly realm.  May all be done for Your glory.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: Tauren Wells – Known (Official Music Video)

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