A squirmin' sermon Some sermons have us squirmin because they simply feel like a primer in our breech. I wanted the message to keep on exploring the depths of this issue, but I also know the constraints of time, particularly in modern society. But just as clearly, the problems of modern society (that this message poignantly finds the roots of) are in part brought on by the dearth of good preaching.
To & Through I thought this went well with sunday school as it causes us to understand God wants us to multiply His seeds of love, mercy, & grace, in thirty, sixty, or hundredfold fashion. I've been praying for about a year now in this way, that God would not only minister to me & mine, but through us as well.
Great Sermon! I have never heard this parable explained before. Reading this on my own, I thought the master was a sucker and that the steward was a bad guy that got away. This sermon turned everything around for me. Now I really believe that I understand what Jesus was saying in this parable. My wrong thinking has been set right, praise the Lord.
Not Fair! Like how you keep applying the message of that handout from a couple months back "It's Not Fair". It was good, & so is this further application.
Also, that was as vivid a portrayal of the Prodigal Sons' story as I've seen outside of the "Modern Parables" take on it. Of course they had video, but you painted it nearly as well with mere words.
Enlightening This sermon brings the parables in Luke 15 in a fresh new perspective for those of us that think we've heard it before and know all about it. If you take the time to listen I believe you will agree. Pastor Hatfield helps us "enter in" and understand the culture at the time.
Good stuff Ruby was telling me tonight that she & Charlene listened to this message once again today & used it to launch a discussion on taking on the challenge representing Christ to difficult people & in tough situations.