Sun, 2 November 2014
November 2, 2014
Excused From The Blessing
Synopsis: How many times do we get so caught up in the activities of our lives that we excuse ourselves from the blessings God has in store for all of those who respond to God’s invitation? That is certainly one of the lessons I take away from Jesus’ parable found in Luke 14:15-24. The parable is often identified The Great Banquet or Feast. Whatever you call it, the message of the parable should strike fear into the hearts of those who take for granted the blessings of God and at the same time bring tears of joy to those often understood to be outside of the blessings of God.
The apocalyptic implications of this parable are clear. The invitation to the banquet is the invitation to the Great Banquet in heaven at the end of time. What we do now will make a difference of whether or not there we will have a place at God’s table.
This week there will be a new video presentation released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It is the second in a series called My Hope. The title for this message is Heaven. “Heaven … but first, there must be a decision here & now in this life.” Billy Graham. Heaven will air on November 7th, Billy Graham’s birthday. We already have a DVD copy of the message and will be using it in different setting during the coming weeks.
Scripture References: Luke 14:15-24; Matthew 22:1-4; Luke 11:27-28; John 4:27-38
Scripture Reading: Luke 14:15-24