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Luke 16 - NIV

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

1 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.

2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—

4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

6 “‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

Additional Teachings

16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.

17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores

21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.

23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,

28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”


a. Luke 16:6 Or about 3,000 liters
b. Luke 16:7 Or about 30 tons

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James Lee avatar
“A Letter From Hell” [Adapted from a message by Mike Turner]
Shared by: James Lee on Dec, 2016
Summary: The Rich man, in our text, thought he was financially set. Whatever he wanted he could buy. He didn’t need anything or anyone…OR DID HE.
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 20
Kerry Haynes avatar
Mary's Praise
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Dec, 2016
Summary: God chose Mary to birth the Savior of the world. This message looks at Mary's song, her Magnficat, and examines her love of scripture, her love for God, and her humble spirit. Mary calls each of us to magnify God at work in and around us.
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Pay Attention!
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Oct, 2016
Summary: We cannot call ourselves Christ-followers if we do not notice, acknowledge, and serve the needy in our midst.
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,065
Reverend Cooper McWhirter avatar
"In a Manner of Speaking": 'The Rich Man and Lazarus' [Part Four]
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Oct, 2016
Summary: this is the only parable in which a person’s name is mentioned which some bible scholars believe was not an imaginary tale, but a true story!
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"In a Manner of Speaking": 'The Rich Man and Lazarus' [Part Four]
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Oct, 2016
Summary: this is the only parable in which a person’s name is mentioned which some bible scholars believe was not an imaginary tale, but a true story!
I. G. Spong avatar
The Great Reversal
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Sep, 2016
Summary: Do we even care? Or are we so busy accumulating wealth and looking for healing for ourselves, that we don't even see the destitute poor?
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 56
Kenneth Sauer avatar
"The Hollow Life"
Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Sep, 2016
Summary: A sermon about the haves and the have not's.
Tim Smith avatar
The Shrewd Steward
Shared by: Tim Smith on Sep, 2016
Summary: A sermon on the Parable of The Shrewd Steward
Series: Storyteller
Scripture: Luke 16:1-8
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 490
Curtis E. Nester avatar
Parable of the Unjust Steward
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on Sep, 2016
Summary: A puzzling parable which is actually explains itself when we read it carefully. The contrast between the children of the world and Christians in the way they manage what is entrusted to them. Our accountability to God.
Martin Ellgar avatar
The Shrewd Manager
Shared by: Martin Ellgar on Sep, 2016
Summary: A perspective on the parable Luke 16: 1-13; The parable of the shrewd manager. The story builds up to a bunch-line. What is the punch-line in this parable? It is the focal point for discussion and the opportunity for Jesus to bring healing into your life.
I. G. Spong avatar
Heavenly Purposes for Filthy Lucre
Shared by: I. G. Spong on Sep, 2016
Summary: What did Jesus teach about money?
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 62
Rodney Fry avatar
Hell are you Sure
Shared by: Rodney Fry on Sep, 2016
Summary: Hell is a real place, made for Satan and his angels. WHY do you want to go there.
Scripture: Luke 16:23-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 132
Ernie Arnold avatar
Who Is At Your Gate
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Sep, 2016
Summary: This message is about reaching out to those who lie outside of our gates - be they Lazarus or the Rich Man. As Jesus reached out so too should the Body of Christ. May it be ever be so true today!
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Dollars and Jesus Sense
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Aug, 2016
Summary: Jesus teaches us about money/stewardship. A great formula for being a good steward is to: 1. Gain all we can 2. Save all we can 3. Invest in the lives of others all that we can (Adapted from John Wesley's Sermon on Money)
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Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 4,022
Rodney Fry avatar
Tale of 2 Men
Shared by: Rodney Fry on Aug, 2016
Summary: God has given us choices but how we choose determines the destination
Scripture: Luke 16:19-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 914
Bryan Beverly avatar
“No Deposit, No Return”
Shared by: Bryan Beverly on Jul, 2016
Summary: This is part of a series of very brief messages that can be used in church newsletters for stewardship.
Nick S Panico avatar
What Are You Doing with the Lazarus at Your Gate?
Shared by: Nick S Panico on May, 2016
Summary: God puts people in our path that need love, acceptance, healing, and salvation. They are often packaged in problems. How and what do we do with the people problems in our lives. This sermon also deals with the reality of heaven, hell, and angels.
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Faithful in Little
Shared by: Duncan Hamilton on May, 2016
Summary: A sermon inspired by the book For The Glory by Duncan Hamilton.
Scripture: Luke 16:10-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,987
William R. Nabaza avatar
Highly esteemed among men are abomination before GOD
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD is not pleased or impressed with hypocrites and proud people but is detested and these people are abomination before GOD.
Scripture: Luke 16:15
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 242
William R. Nabaza avatar
Law vs gospel preaching
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD marked the transition of the old testament to the new testament through the entry of John, the Baptist, a marker and now it's Kingdom time for all of us. The Kingdom of GOD is JESUS CHRIST Himself.
Scripture: Luke 16:16
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 240
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Success or Failure?
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Feb, 2016
Summary: We must realize that the whole of God's plan is greater than the part we play in it.
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 228
Tim Smith avatar
Developing a Financial Plan
Shared by: Tim Smith on Feb, 2016
Summary: This message is about financial freedom and how you can achieve it no matter how you’ve handled your money in the past. God wants all of us to experience financial freedom from debt, where you are liberated from anxiety
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 222
Denn Guptill avatar
What the Hell
Shared by: Denn Guptill on Jan, 2016
Summary: This sermon looks at the question: How can a loving God send people to hell?
Scripture: Luke 16:19-26
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 1,115
Trae Durden avatar
Freedom to Preach Jesus
Shared by: Trae Durden on Nov, 2015
Summary: This was presented around the 4th of July, but it's also a great thought for Veterens Day.
Douglas Phillips avatar
Shared by: Douglas Phillips on Sep, 2015
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 430
Douglas Phillips avatar
Shared by: Douglas Phillips on Sep, 2015
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 701
Darrell  Stetler II avatar
#3-A Process for Finding the Truth
Shared by: Darrell Stetler II on Aug, 2015
Summary: How do I know the difference between what is right and what is wrong?
Series: Trueish
Scripture: Luke 16:27-31
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 201
Rick Gillespie- Mobley avatar
Just Three Reasons
Shared by: Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Jul, 2015
Summary: This sermon gives three reasons the church should care about people and where they will be spending eternity.
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Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 3,485
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Being Clever in the Kingdom of God
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jul, 2015
Summary: If we are led by the Spirit of God, then we will find clever ways to advance His mission on earth.
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Foundation Seven: Financial Faithfulness in Marriage
Shared by: Greg Brown on Jul, 2015
Summary: A study on how to be financially faithful in marriage