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Indoor Service

This Sunday, we will again have our service in our church building, according to the indoor COVID safety rules. We will continue to have the service here on our web page as well, along with the audio.

Prayer

O Lord, our God, we humbly come into Thy presence through Jesus Christ. We ask that Thy Holy Spirit guide us as we pray and worship.
Thou art worthy of praise. Thou hast given us this day and blessed us by allowing us to come into Thy presence. We acknowledge Thy holiness and thank You for giving us the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
We thank You, Lord, for our time of Thanksgiving, the good food, and the health to enjoy it. We pray for those who are alone at this time and ask that Thou wilt encourage them and comfort them. Not all of us are alone but most of us could not have all of our family with us but we thank You for them and Your presence during our time of thanksgiving.
We ask Thee, Lord, to heal our country and speak to those who will lead in the coming year about the issues that are dear to Thy heart. And we ask Thee Lord to hold back those who would make radical changes that would harm this nation.
Thou art the God and ruler of this universe. May we praise You each day and remember all Your blessings. Bless our worship and may Thy people be edified and the unsaved convicted of their lost condition and come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. We pray in Jesus name. Amen!


 

Offertory

Born in A Manger (Played by Pat)





CHORUS
THOU ART WORTHY #67 (Rejoice)

(Played by Pat)

Thou art worthy,
Thou art worthy,
Thou art worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory,
Glory and honor,
Glory and honor and pow'r
For Thou hast created,
hast all things created,
Thou hast created all things;
And for Thy pleasure
they are created -
Thou art worthy, O Lord.






HYMN
That Beautiful Name # 93 (Living)

(Played by Pat)

1 I know of a Name, a beautiful Name,
That angels brought down to earth;
They whispered it low one night long ago,
To a maiden of lowly birth.

Refrain:
That beautiful Name, that beautiful Name,
From sin has pow'r to free us!
That beautiful Name, that wonderful Name,
That matchless Name is Jesus!

2 I know of a Name, a beautiful Name,
That unto a Babe was giv'n;
The stars glittered bright throughout that glad night,
And angels praised God in heav'n. (Refrain)

3 The One of that Name, my Savior became,
My Savior of Calvary;
My sins nailed Him there, my burdens He bare.
He suffered all this for me. (Refrain)

4 I love that blest Name, that wonderful Name,
Made higher than all in heav'n.
'Twas whispered, I know, in my heart long ago--
To Jesus my life I've giv'n. (Refrain)

 



SCRIPTURE: LUKE 16:10-17

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. 16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

SERMON:

November 29th, 2020: Pastor Ed Scaglione



 

Message: THE LORD’S COUNSEL


 

In light of the parables Jesus had been teaching, He now gives some application and instructions to his disciples. He draws lessons from the parable concerning believers’ attitude toward money: how they view their money in relation to others, themselves, and God.

Jesus begins with dependability. Jesus said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:10-12) The theme here is faithfulness and dependability. Someone has said the best ability is dependability. “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10) This principle is denied by many, especially by politicians. But it is still true. If you are unfaithful in small matters, you will be unfaithful in larger matters. We practice this with our children. We give them small tasks to do when they are young. As they grow older, if we can, we entrust them with bigger and more important tasks.

If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:11-12) The meaning is: if you have not been trustworthy in the use of material wealth, which, after all, is not really yours but belongs to God, then how can you be trusted with heavenly riches? This principle applies especially to money. A person who is careless with what God gives them financially, will also be careless with how they support the Lord’s work. Malachi bluntly calls that kind of thing “robbing God.” (Mal. 3:8)

Jesus continues with devotion. “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13) It all comes down to a question of masters – either God masters us or money masters us. We are either living for material things or for spiritual things. If we are investing for what this world has to offer, we lose sight of God and become the losers when we land on the heavenly shore. Money has the power to take God’s place in our lives. It can become our master. How can you tell if you are a slave to money? Do you worry about it frequently? Do you give up doing what you should do or would like to do in order to make more money? Do you spend a great deal of your time caring for your possessions? Is it hard for you to give money away? Are you in debt?

Another truth from this is, you can’t be two different things. You cannot be a liar and be a truthful person at the same time. You cannot be immoral and be virtuous at the same time. You cannot be worldly and spiritual at the same time. You cannot gain the approval of the world and the approval of God at the same time. Many try to play both sides of the fence but it is impossible, says Jesus.

Think of Judas Iscariot. It was money that led him to deliver Jesus into the hands of the enemy. On the other hand, think of Paul. There came a time in his life when he began to look down on all that he had and all that he had been. He counted what used to be gain now became loss. He wrote, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” (Phil. 3:7) His slogan became “that in all things Christ might have the pre-eminence.”)

Jesus faced derision. “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.” (Luke 16:14) All this teaching about money produced a mocking laugh from the Pharisees. The Pharisees simply turned up their noses at Jesus’ teaching. The reason was that they loved money. The Pharisees were covetous. They had been listening to what Jesus said to his disciples and began to sneer at Jesus for what He was saying. They were not consecrated to God, but covetous of money. They used their religious position to fill their own pockets. Jesus’ words about money would go contrary to their evil practices.

They will have to answer for the fact that they heard vital truths from the Lord. If you have been under the sound of good solid preaching and teaching, you will have to answer for that fact if you do not profit spiritually from good preaching. The Pharisees were contemptuous of Christ. When you lack substance to accuse, you mock. The contempt of the Pharisees for Jesus was very great. But these were evil men, and evil cannot tolerate holiness, especially the great holiness of Jesus Christ.

Jesus then proceeds to denounce them. “And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15) The Pharisees’ religion was all outward. None or little of it was inward. Jesus was saying, “You are the people who pass yourselves off before others as if you were living in harmony with God’s holy law. But your righteousness is only a facade. On the inside you are the very opposite of what you want people to believe you are. They only wanted the approval of men. They didn’t seek the approval of God. Wanting to be justified before men is another way of saying they were hypocrites. Jesus was quick and forceful in denouncing the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Heaven’s values are not the same as human values. Down here, people admire those who are rich.

Jesus tells them, “God knoweth your hearts.” The Pharisees are not the only ones whose heart God knows. God is omniscient (all-knowing) and therefore knows all hearts. David wrote, “O Lord, thou hast searched me, and knoweth me.” (Psa. 139:1) We may fool our friends and family and others, but we will never fool God. He knows our hearts. He is all knowing. If that truth would grip us, it would radically change our behavior.


Jesus goes on, “That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15) The Pharisees valued greatly their traditions, rules, and practices. One of them was that they prohibited healing on the Sabbath day. But Jesus put them in their place by saying what they thought important was an abomination to God. It is disgusting to God. The same is true today. Many things mankind thinks are so great and important, God turns up His nose at.

Jesus speaks about the dispensation. “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” (Luke 16:16) The coming of John the Baptist signaled a total change. There are different dispensations in which God deals in a particular way with mankind. Each dispensation exposes the sinfulness of man and that only a work of God’s grace in the heart of man will guarantee righteousness.

In this text the end of the dispensation of the law is addressed. The law speaks of the Mosaic law under which Israel had been ruled since the institution of that law. A new dispensation was begun with the ministry of John the Baptist in which Jesus Christ is preached as the Savior of mankind. The phrase “presseth into it” speaks of the enlargement of the Divine message from just the Jews to include the Gentiles who are now in Christ’s time also interested in this Divine message and coming to hear Jesus and later coming to hear the apostles proclaim the Gospel.

And finally, Jesus speaks of God’s Word. “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fall.” (Luke 16:17) The “law” here speaks of the Word of God. The Word of God is made of the same stuff as eternity because it is the eternal expression of God’s holiness, the awesome standard by which the Pharisees and their kind would themselves be judged. Men have tried to destroy the Bible and run it out of society, but it still stands. The durability of the Word of God has nothing to do with the attacks of men upon it but everything to do with the eternal durability of God.

Prayer


Heavenly Father, may we recognize anew that everything we have is Yours. May we not allow money and things to be the masters of our lives. May we be dependable in the small things of life as well as the bigger things. May you find us faithful.
We thank You so much for the age of grace. We thank You, Lord, for Your Word that does not change and will not pass away. May we treasure Your Word, may we read it faithfully, may we study it, may we memorize it, may we meditate on it and may we obey it. We pray in Jesus name. Amen!


If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.


WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

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CLOSING HYMN:
SINCE I HAVE BEEN REDEEMED #363


(Played by Pat)
1. I have a song I love to sing,
Since I have been redeemed,
Of my Redeemer, Savior king,
Since I have been redeemed.

Refrain:
Since I have been redeemed,
Since I have been redeemed,
I will glory in His name;
Since I have been redeemed,
I will glory in the Savior’s name.


2. I have a Christ who satisfies
Since I have been redeemed;
To do His will my highest prize,
Since I have been redeemed.

Refrain

3. I have a witness bright and clear,
Since I have been redeemed,
Dispelling every doubt and fear,
Since I have been redeemed.

Refrain

4. I have a joy I can’t express,
Since I have been redeemed,
All through His blood and righteousness,
Since I have been redeemed.

Refrain
5. I have a home prepared for me,
Since I have been redeemed,
Where I shall dwell eternally,
Since I have been redeemed.



Prayer

Father, help us to be faithful to the task that You have given us: to be light in the darkness. Help us to see this light in all aspects of our lives. Help us to shun the darkness that the world loves. May we be good stewards of the time and talents you’ve given us. We need Your reminders that what we have and what we accomplished, comes from and belongs to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.