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Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT)
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
BIG IDEA: MONEY DOESN’T MAKE YOU GENEROUS
THOUGHT 01 – CHARITY IS A STARTING POINT.
THOUGHT 02 – GENEROSITY IS A LIFESTYLE.
Matthew 10:7-8 (NLT)
Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
THOUGHT 03 – GENEROSITY COMES FROM MARGIN.
Leviticus 23:22 (NLT)
22 “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.”
Coming up at Open Life
EASTER IS COMING!
March 25th & 27th
This year we have a Good Friday service at 6:30pm on March 25th to celebrate what Jesus did on the cross for you and me. Then on Sunday we celebrate Easter at Open Life. We are praying to reach so many people with the hope and love of Jesus this year!
Student Life Event
Family Fun Center
Student Life is heading to Family Fun Center on Friday, March 11th. There are so many awesome attractions for people of all ages can enjoy (unlimited laser tag, unlimited go-carts, arcades, etc.)! We will be leaving and carpooling from Jon’s house around 5pm so we can fully enjoy 3 hours of adventure from 6-9pm. The cost is $21/person if we get a group of +15, so invite your friends!
Questions? Feel free to email Jon
Jon’s address: 18402 123rd St E, Bonney Lake, Wa 98391
Daylight Savings Time
SATURDAY – Spring Forward
This coming Saturday, March 12 you will want to remember to set your clocks one hour ahead. Kids will love it, but seriously…you will not want to miss next Sunday as we share a very passionate vision for the future of Open Life.