November 20, 2018

Today’s sermon challenged me beginning with Pastor Brandon’s opening prayer. During his prayer, he asked us to take 10 seconds just to think about God. In that silence, I did give specific thought to think about God.

Pastor Selena followed the prayer prefacing the sermon, “Living a Grateful Life.” Using Galatians 4:15, “where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then?” the sermon then looked at grateful giving. When we give, we tend to be more grateful and, in turn, live a more grateful life.

A key scripture was Matthew 25: 14-30, the parable of the three servants. A quick overview reminds us the rich man gave one servant five bags of talents, one servant two bags of talents and the last servant one bag of talents. The first servant invested his five bags and ended up with ten bags. The second servant took his two bags and doubled them to 4 bags of talents. The third servant, fearful he would lose his one bag, buried it for safe keeping. The rich man praised the first and second servant for using their talents to create more. The rich man chastised the third servant for his fear of failing and burying his one bag.

This parable presented many questions for me. Am I honoring God by expanding the gifts He has uniquely given me? Or, am I hoarding (burying) those gifts due to fear? How am I using my gifts in the name of God? Will I double my investment and will God give me more gifts based on what I have done so far?

Or, am I the wicked, lazy servant? Am I too scared to work for the goodness of the Kingdom? Fortunately, I was reminded Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. It is God that gives us our resources and abilities (talents). And, it is God who I will stand before when I live my earthly home. I will have to account for my investments-deeds. Will my vision be the one God had envisioned for me? I have been blessed in so many ways. Am I passing those blessings along and am I living a life that would not only make a difference for me, but would make a difference for a non-believer?

Everything I have comes from God. Do I recognize and acknowledge the call of God on my life?

Selena Freeman - November 18, 2018

Grateful Giving

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Joe Maxwell

Joe and his wife Susan live in Marshfield along with their daughter Caroline who attends Marshfield High School; they also have two adult children, Brendan (wife Jesica, son Silas), and Kellan (wife Hannah). Joe is a manager at Jack Henry & Associates, and enjoys baseball, genealogy, and walking in his spare time. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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