Tag Archives: Treasure in Heaven

Only the Empty will be Full

A sermon manuscript on Luke 18:9-30, prepared for Life Bridge Community Church (recorded audio | sermon notes) Introduction A few years back, I wanted to put together a special dinner for my wife Faith for her birthday. I had dinner planned, … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs Seeking Safety

Should we actively avoid suffering? (Question 6 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) No matter how much we might understand, intellectually, that suffering in our lives is necessary and good, it’s our instinct to avoid it. We have discussed the ways … Continue reading

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The Allure of the Dream World

We avoid pain because… We love our dream and don’t want to wake up Have you noticed that we humans are a stockpiling people? Even those of us who aren’t too good at savings accounts know how to accumulate stuff we … Continue reading

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A Clear Context for Suffering

We avoid pain because… We have cultivated unhealthy perspectives God commonly uses pain and suffering in people’s lives to get their attention and to grow  them up into spiritual maturity. Nonetheless, most people work very hard to avoid pain. Why is … Continue reading

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The day Penitens died

Penitens was a busy, notable tradesman, and very prosperous in his dealings, but died in the thirty-fifth year of his age. A little before his death, when the doctors had given him over, some of his neighbors came one evening to see him, … Continue reading

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Fear the Lord, and become rich

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. (Proverbs 15:16) The fear of the Lord is a powerful theme in the book of Proverbs. It’s a difficult phrase to understand with our modern … Continue reading

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