Sun, Jun 02, 2019
Duration: 38 mins 56 secs
We value service because it is how God works through us. Our good deeds, acts of charity, and generosity gives evidence of his grace. Those who live as servants recognize their life is on lease. They see others' needs as opportunities to help. Ancient Israel would have understood this concept of stewardship. Jesus modeled it perfectly.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 12 secs
All our goods are gifts from God. Not only does He intend for us to steward them well but also give back to Him. Keeping all our money in our possession does not please Him. Neither does paltry giving. This goes for our use of time, skills, and resources, too. Malachi's fourth dispute challenges God's people to ante up and give God his due.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
Duration: 32 mins 16 secs
Jesus asks us to invest in heaven, not on earth. Earthly investments are corrupting corruptible. Heavenly investments -- people, ministry, justice -- have lasting value. Pastor Ivan reflects on cultural differences between Uganda and the US, but recognizes the universal need to invest wisely.
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Sealing a spiritual commitment is not enough; we must strengthen our commitments daily. Twelve years after dedicating the wall, God's peopled strayed from their commitments. They grew lax on Sabbath practice, stewardship, and pure marriages. Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to confront the people and ask them to reaffirm their commitments.