Message: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Luke 16: 1-13

 

Introduction

  1.     The best stories, T.V. show and movies are ones that have an unexpected ___________.
  2.     These kind of stories teach us that things aren’t always what they _________
  3.  We Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On The Dishonesty Of The Manager
  4.   The manager represented a common character in Jewish Folklore – the clever __________ who earns pardon through shrewd action.
  5.  The story follows the stories of the lost sheep, lost coin and prodigal son which are stories of people not ___________ as expected.
  6. Jesus stories are often about people facing crisis and _________ and rising above it.
  7.  This Story Call Us To A Different Reaction To Adversity.
  8.  People of faith need to grab hold of the ________, no matter how hopeless it might look.
  9.  God’s grace makes all things ______________.
  10.  God Is Faithful Over The Small Things In Life As Well As The Big Ones
  11.  God wants our every _____________.
  12.  In the church we can become so _____________ by the conditions around us that we become convinced that we can’t make a real _______________.
  13.  We Overcome Adversity By The Grace Of God.
  14. What the world means for evil becomes a blessing through the love and _________ of God.

Week’s Spiritual Exercises:

  1.  Begin a Prayer Journal
  2.  Are you facing some adversity in your life?  Have you spent time in prayer about it?
  3.  Who are the shrewd managers in your life?  How will you tell them the story of God’s grace this week?

 

SIMPLE PRAYER JOURNAL

 

My Prayer Concerns:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(Add the persons on either side of you in the Pew to your list of concerns)

Today I Prayed For:

Monday:   The Lost    (Read Luke 15:1-7)

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Tuesday:  The Displaced (Read Luke 15: 8-10)

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Wednesday: The Prodigals (Read Luke 15: 11-24)

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Thursday:  The Self Righteous  (Read Luke 15: 25-32)

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Friday:  Sinners  (Luke 18:9-14)

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Saturday:   Read again Luke 18:9-14.  This is the story we will be hearing this Sunday.   What questions do you have after reading it?

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Coming Stories

June 21:   The Pharisee and The Tax Collector

June 28: The Story Of The Sower

July 5:  The Story of the Weeds

July 12:  The Story of the Pearl

July 19:  The Story Of The Net

July 26:  Asking and Giving

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