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Summary: Parable of the Talents - Jesus shared this teaching for those of his day, his followers and for us here this morning. This parable teaches us a few major life lessons about Stewardship. Jesus shared this concept to give the people who follow Him a few rea

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Opening Video Illustration: Chairs clip – this clip reminds us how important our lives are to the Kingdom of Heaven and to each other sitting in this church this morning. ( from sermoncentral.com.)

Series: 12 in 2012

Sermon: $12 dollars a changed life!

Subject: Spiritual mile marker “Giving”

Review of the 2012 so far:

Our 5 rocks signify the following:

January 2012 – 12 meals, 12 minutes of prayer for our 21 day time of prayer and fasting.

February 2012 – 12 minutes of Bible reading a day and you can read the Bible through in a year.

March 2012 – 12 people, 12 ways to invite someone to church.

Re-highlight the pens and the cards to continue inviting people out to church.

April 2012 – 1 person - 1 time a month - 12 meetings this year for the purpose of discipleship and or make 12 new connections with unsaved people this year for the purpose of future discipleship.

The new rock symbolizes another spiritual mile marker: “Giving”

May 2012 – This month’s spiritual mile marker challenge is to be wise Stewards of the resources God has given us in our life – we do this financially by tithing, and by giving offerings. We also do it by using our gifts – our talents and our time for the Kingdom of Heaven.

The parable of the talents which we will look at in a moment reminds us, instructs us to make sure that we do not forget that we are placed here on this earth to manage the resources God places into our hands.

Introduction:

Story from Kirk Nowery: “The Stewardship of Life.”

At 12:55 pm the mayday call crackled through the speakers at the Flight Service Station on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The desperate pilot of a Piper A22, a small single-engine plane, was reporting that he had run out of fuel and was preparing to ditch the aircraft in the waters of Cook Inlet. On board were four people, two adults and two young girls, ages 11 and 12. They had departed two hours earlier from Port Alsworth, a small community on the south shore of Lake Clark, bound for Soldotna, a distance of about 150 miles. Under normal conditions it would been a routine flight; however, the combination of fierce headwinds and a failure to top off the fuel tank had created a lethal situation. Upon hearing the plane’s tail number, the air traffic controller realized that his own daughter was one of the young passengers aboard the plane. In desperation himself, he did everything possible to assist the pilot; but suddenly the transmission was cut off. The plane had crashed into the icy waters. Four helicopters operating nearby began searching the area within minutes of the emergency call; but they found no evidence of the plane, and no survivors. The aircraft had been traveling without water survival gear, leaving its four passengers with even less of a chance to make it through the ordeal. Fiercely cold Cook Inlet, with its unpredictable glacial currents, is considered among the most dangerous waters in the world. It can claim a life in minutes, and that day it claimed four.


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