Aug. 11 – Expected Treasures

“Just in the nick of time someone would give us something we needed.”

I have heard stories of families struggling to make ends meet for diverse reasons at every congregation that I have served. They often told of praying for food, clothing, car repairs, … and just when they thought all was lost they received an unexpected gift.

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:32
Assorted screws, washers, nuts, nails, etc.
Image by Jan Jakubowski from Pixabay

There is much to fear: political dirty tricks, social disharmony, economic uncertainty, theft, disease, dishonesty, and more. Fear teaches us to hang on to that scrap of wood, screw, washer, nail, … for you never know when you might need it.

Jesus offers us an alternate response to fear:

Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.

Luke 12:33

I will have more to say about Luke 32-40 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 11th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

Have you played “Red Light, Green Light”? Whenever the leader says “green light” players are allowed to walk forward. But when the leaders says “red light they are to freeze. If players move, merely totter because they were caught between steps, are would be sent back to the start line.

God had told Isaiah his version of Red Light, Green Light.

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

From Isaiah 1:16-17