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Handle With Care: Stain Removal

Week 1 – Stain Removal

[Genesis 14:22-23]

I will not take anything from you so that you can’t say you made Abram rich.



  • You were made to glorify God – Isaiah 43:7
  • No one can steal God’s glory – Isaiah 42:8
    • Satan loves when you try to steal God’s glory
  • The Earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory – Habakkuk 2:14


How do we live this out?

Live By His Strength [1 Peter 4:11] – remember, THE SAME POWER

Bear Fruit [John 15:8] – remember, ABIDE IN HIM

Shine Light [Matthew 5:16] – remember, DON’T HIDE THE GOOD NEWS

Live Intentionally [1 Corinthians 10:31] – remember, KEEP PRESSING FORWARD



Breakout Session Questions

1) Read Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 60:1-3, and Revelation 21:22-25. What is the glory of God?

2) Read Isaiah 42:8. What does it mean that no one can steal God’s glory, if we know that often we do things to take His glory all the time?

3) Read 1 Peter 4:10-11. What have we been given to help us to live for God’s glory? Within this passage, we are given the answer to how we can do what we have been called to do – to live a life for God’s glory. What can we glean?



Handle with Care is a 6-week series focused on studying God’s Word and responding with care. The six weeks of messages may sound like instructions for laundry care — but you will soon find Handle with Care beckons you to examine within, to gauge how you truly love God and love others, and to grow inward and outward. Caring starts with the heart and pours out into the community.


More Than A Story: Obedience

[The Vineyard Workers: Matthew 20:1-16]

Isaiah 1:19 – “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” [HCSB]

God uses EVERYONE obedient to Him – Peter asks “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME”?

“Then Peter chimed in, ‘We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?’ Jesus replied, ‘Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.’” – Matthew 19:27-30 [MSG]

“Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous? So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”- Matthew 20:15-16 [NIV]

1) This parable is not about salvation or eternal life

Salvation is not earned by works

Ephesians 2:8-9“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” [NASB]

Titus 3:5-6He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.” [NLT]

2) This parable is not about rewards for service

God rewards differently

1 Corinthians 3:8 – “He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.” [ESV]


We all will receive great rewards for following Jesus (see Revelation 22:12)

OBEDIENCE – act of obeying, words or actions denoting submission to authority, dutifulness

  • Obedience expresses faith in His wisdom and love. (Hebrew 11:6)
  • Obedience expresses hope in a future blessing. (Mark 10:29-30)
  • Obedience expresses love (John 14:15, 2 John 1:6)
  • Obedience glorifies God (Matthew 5:16)

Bible Study Questions:

1) In this parable, we read about a Landowner, Laborers, a work day, a Vineyard, and the end of the work day. What do you think these people/things represent?

Landowner –

Laborers –

Vineyard –

Day of work –

End of the work day –

2) Those who were hired last were unworthy of what they received. They were receiving a day’s wage despite working less than a day’s work. They were paid first. They were treated equally.

How does this resemble God’s grace?

What reminds us of our unworthiness?

3) Those who were hired first were paid last. It was their opinion that they were treated unfairly though they were paid an equal amount and given exactly what was agreed upon.

Why was it difficult for these workers to accept God’s grace towards others?

What made this an unfair transaction (from their vantage point)?

4) Before this parable, Peter asks what the disciples will gain for leaving everything behind. Jesus twice speaks of the Great Reversal. Those who are first will be last; those who are last will be first. It wasn’t about the difference of the reward. We should all be thankful.

How can we obey with an attitude of gratitude? What does this look like?

What should be our motivation of service?

more than a story

More Than A Story is a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on the parables of Jesus.


Slavery of Self-Reliance Outline

Here’s a sermon outline from a message I shared on the Slavery of Self-Reliance. You may download the outline below. Please note there was no illustration with this message but instead I spoke of King Asa of Judah from 2 Chronicles 16 giving the gold and silver from the Temple to Ben-Hadad King of Syria.

Slavery of Self-Reliance

Everyone needs: Meaning / Purpose / Security / Safety / Significance / Worth / Value

Self-reliant / Self-determination / Self-Dependence / Independent / Self-Sufficient / Self-Contained

The world sees these as good things / the world applauds these things

The problem: These things enslave us. Burden of Self-Reliance à when all relies on you à Slavery

The solution: God wants to free us from ourselves

God is our: meaning / purpose / significance / security / safety / protection

  • God provides you meaning and purpose
    • Isaiah 43:7 – God has made you for His glory.
    • 1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
    • Matthew 5:16 – Let your light shine before others to glorify God
  • God provides you security
    • Proverbs 3:26 – “For the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap” (NLT).
  • God provides you safety
    • Psalm 18:2 – “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
    • Psalm 91:2 – “… He alone is my refuge, my place of safety…” (NLT)
    • Proverbs 18:10 – Godly run to God and are safe
  • God provides you significance and worth and value
    • Genesis 1:27 – God made you in His image
    • Psalm 139:13 – God created each of us individually – knit you in your mother’s womb with certain abilities & gifts – allows certain experiences – all so you can be of great worth to His Kingdom – YOU CAN DO GREAT THINGS! (John 14:12 – “… anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works…” NLT).
    • Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (NLT).

Only those who stand in need of a savior will look for and recognize one.

Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (ESV)

Jeremiah 17:5-8 – “This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

Download Slavery of Self-Reliance Outline

Open House

I like to keep an open house. When someone comes over, they see us as we are—nothing gets tossed in a closet or swept under the rug. I do not need an advance notice to prepare. The kids’ friends walk in and out as they wish, and they know that they are welcome to anything to eat or drink.

The Bible says to let your light shine before people because God will get the glory and people will take notice. The Message says, “Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.” As you welcome others into your home, into your life, as you let them see the real you, there is a great testimony presented without you even saying a word.

I am blessed with some very special people in my life. They say their house is my house. I can go to visit and walk in and sit down like it is my own home. It is great. You feel wanted. You feel loved. You feel “at home.” I can only think of how it will be one day when we will all be at home—with our Father. Be generous with your lives. Show people love. Show people Jesus. You don’t have to make it difficult. Simply invite people in and watch how God uses the simple gestures to open doors you never saw coming.

“Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
-Matthew 5:16 [MSG]

The God Of

    One of the stories most taught to children that comes from the Bible is from chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel. We love to hear about how Daniel refused to give up praying to God, and was thrown into the den of a vicious lion, but was saved by God as a result of his trust in God. Afterward, when he was removed from the lion’s den, King Darius wrote a decree to the people. The decree said that all the people of the kingdom were to fear “the God of Daniel” (v. 26).

    I think it’s important to note that it does not simply say God. When we think of King Darius calling God “the God of Daniel,” it gives us the impression that Daniel must have done something for such a close association. If Daniel did not act as he did, would Darius have said, “the God of Daniel” at all? I speculate that he wouldn’t have associated Daniel with God because he would have had no proof– no connection that Daniel served God.

    Do you think that we should see our names there as well? Are we such dedicated Christians that people would look and say, “the God of…” has done this or has blessed him or her? Simply put, do we show people God and do we make it clear that we are Christians? If a poll was taken of your friends, co-workers, family members, what would they say?

    We are to be image bearers of Christ. We are to shine the Light each and every day. If we aim to do that and we have some success, people will notice. Light is always noticed in the dark, no matter how small of a flicker. Right now we see a lot of darkness. May the Holy Spirit help you to shine some light somewhere today.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 [NASB]

New Shoes

When we accept Christ, we are given a pair of new shoes. Whenever we have new shoes, we never like to walk in any muddy areas for fear we will get the new footwear dirty. With the new life He gives you, it is important to walk forward with God’s guidance, no matter how dirty the path, and share the message of Jesus. You cannot share the love of Christ without leaving the walls of the church and heading out into the world. So get your feet dirty– as Christ said, it’s the inside that matters!

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16 [NASB]

Let Your Light Shine

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 [NASB]

There are so many people who are not saved. Christians received the “Great Commission” to spread the Gospel. It’s not something to take lightly. And yet, how many actually treat the responsibility as a true responsibility? It seems some get their “I am saved card,” store it in their wallet, and keep on keeping on. I find it’s important to remember that if someone didn’t invest the time to speak to you about the Gospel, you wouldn’t be saved. Is it not proper to invest some time to do the same? Is it not requested of us?

Most certainly, there is another angle to look at when discussing the spread of the Message. Some people simply look at the actually time period when a person is providing testimony to a non-believer; however, sharing the Gospel is a lot more than using your voice alone. You need to live the Message. People see your actions. Your actions share Christ or share something so un-Christ-like, that causes people to stereotype Christians and turn far from God.

This past week, I entered a convenience store to purchase some gasoline. As I stood in the line to make my purchase, one person stood before me. The cashier asked if the gentleman wished to purchase a candy bar for the local Y.M.C.A. Without hesitation, the man responded, “What do they do for me”?!? The cashier replied, “Well the organization keeps the kids off the street.” The man then said, “So, that has nothing to do with me,” and he left the store.

That man was a high school teacher. He’s a man who was entrusted to teach children. When he was hired to teach children, he thereby became a representative of the school district. Sadly, he didn’t see the importance in keeping the children he taught off the street. Simply put, his job was a matter of putting in the time and going home. As a representative of the school district, he surely causes one to question the school itself. His uncaring actions also may result in people believing he has a lack of compassion. In the same way as this teacher misrepresented the school district, we can misrepresent Christ.

People who know we are Christians and see us judging or acting inappropriately, may possibly see a Christ they don’t want any part of simply because of our actions. We may not even realize that we are causing people to turn away from Christ. People may see us get all dressed up for Sunday and have our moment of “religion,” and then go back to a life of anything not including Christ for the rest of the week. God isn’t a jack-in-the-box that we just wind up on Sunday for Him to pop into our lives for a day. If we expect to show people Christ, I think it’s important to let our light shine– because our light comes from the Holy Spirit. As we share our light, the light gets brighter.

Don’t be discouraged to share your testimony. Do walk in caution when trying to share Christ. Remember if you wish to share the Message, you should allow the Holy Spirit to direct you. Also, don’t forget if you are a Christian, that when you share the Message, it’s important to live the Message. How sad it is when we push a lost sheep further out to pasture, because it is much harder to get that sheep back. I like to steer clear of judgment, and always let a person know that I am a work in progress. If we humble ourselves and admit our faults, we don’t show the non-believer that we perceive ourselves to be perfect. If we say anything other than God is perfect, we leave open the possibility for future problems to arise. Shine your light– share your life.

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” – 1 Peter 2:12 [NIV]