9.20.2013

Matthew 5:41-42

ppt
Give!
Reading: Matthew 5:41-42
K-hymn: 492

Jesus said something like this: Matthew 5:41-42
"If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to the one who asks you.
Do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Give, because then it will be given to you.
If you give what you have, you will experience God who gives more.
In this way, you can live a life of giving.”

In terms of material things, Jesus wants you to give like this.
Then, you provide very generous spirit among people.
You make people relax.

Jesus invites you to give for God.
Jesus invites us to be available for God.
So, we give our time and talent for God.

When we are asked, we do a good work for God.
You do more than what they ask.
You give more than what you promised.
You prepare to give better for God.

God is a giver.
God gives things out of love.
God gives the world and universe.
God gives the Son of God.
God gives God’s own spirit: the Holy Spirit.
We know God is still giving.
So, we give because God gives.

Sometimes, when we give, God can bless us even more.
So, sometimes, God asks us to give so that God can fill in.
Then God will work accordingly.
We will receive what Jesus promised.

In terms of having the knowledge of who God is, it is true.
If you want to learn more of God, you may need to share what you know of God.
You need to give your knowledge to people.
The more you give, the more you receive.
The more you teach, the more you learn.
Then you will learn more of God.

So if you want to know God, teach and evangelize.
Give what you want to have.
So, give what you want to receive.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you ask your followers to live the life of giving loving God.
May we obey you and follow you, serving people that you love.
Then may we live with you forever.
In Jesus name, amen.

Note: either you use God to gain money or you use money to gain God.
Giving disarms the power of money.





9.17.2013

Luke 6: 27-39 (1)

ppt
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
Reading: Luke 6: 27-38
K-hymn: 194

Jesus says: (v 31)
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
This is what God wants.
Everybody knows it.
It is in our hearts.
It is within every human being.

Christians are called to practice this.
We are called to practice this at the church.
We are called to encourage people to “Do to others as you would like them to do to you."

Practically, we can practice this like this:
Love others, as you want to be loved.
Treat others, as you want to be treated.
Pray for others, as you want to be prayed for.
Give others, as you want to be given.
Think of others, as you want to be thought of.

Then when we talk with others, we speak gentler and kinder languages.
We choose better words so that we may not hurt someone.
Even when we have to point out someone's fault, we talk kindly.
So, we talk about what they are doing well, first.
We will talk about how much we appreciate them.
Then we may talk about what they could change to make it better.

Jesus says:
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
But it does not mean that we need to give something without knowing what people want.
It does not ask us to give someone a coke, because we want to drink a coke.
We cannot do that, unless we want people to give what they want for themselves.
So, we need to understand people first so that we would not do something or give something that they don’t want.
We need to understand people and how they behave.
We may need to understand people as we understand about us.
Then we may be able to practice what Jesus says here.
Then we may be able to do to others, as we will have them do to us.

Jesus said it in many other ways.
Jesus said something like this: (v 37-38)
You don’t want to be judged.
So do not judge.
You don’t want people to talk behind your back.
Don’t talk behind someone’s back.
You don’t want to be condemned.
So, do not condemn.
You want to be forgiven.
So, forgive.
Give what you want to receive.
Then God will give you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over.
God will put them into your lap.
For the measure you give is the measure you get back.”

Then Jesus went one step further.
Jesus is asking people to try to practice this even for their enemy.
Jesus said something like this: (v 27)
“Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who curse you.
Pray for those who mistreat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.
If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Give to everyone who asks you.
If anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”

Here Jesus is asking us to treat others as God treats us.
This is how Jesus introduces God.
When we practice like this, we learn of God.
In this way, we become God’s disciples.
To help us live like this, Jesus is willing to send us the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit enables us to live like this.
But still we also need to try to live like this.
Then, we may learn how to live with God forever.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to live like you.
In your name, we pray. Amen.