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How important is your relationship with God? What would life look like if you really understood the way God thinks about you? What questions do you have about God that keeps you from actually taking the plunge? Every week, we post encouraging messages of life change that connect your life to Christ in powerful ways. Subscribe today!

    Week 4 – Mary’s Song (Section 6)

    Week 4 – Mary’s Song (Section 6)

    What can you learn from a teenage pregnant girl?  Turns out a lot! Jump in with us in Sections 6 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316  to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ).



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    OPENING ILLUSTRATION:



    Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving?



    Up until now, as we’ve been tracking Jesus, we’ve been jumping all around, but now we are going to take a turn and go back to the beginning and start tracking Jesus through his life chronologically…



    I was thinking about going to families' houses for thanksgiving - how many of you travel for Thanksgiving?  If Kansas wasn’t so far away, we’d love to be near our family.  It’s crazy to me to think our family is really just one LONG drive away, but we are about to jump into the story of Mary - right after she’s found out that she will be carrying the Savior and she is going to travel to her relatives' house, Elizabeth.  



    Nazareth to the hills of Judea would have been 3 to 4 days by foot and when she goes she’s going to go for 3 months…



    The reason I wanted to start here in Jesus’ life is knowing the kind of people someone was raised by, can tell you a lot about the person.



    and for Jesus, it’s no different…



    Let me Set the Stage…



    Mary has been told by an angel, Gabriel, that she is going to be with child.  He tells her that Elizabeth is in her 6 month of pregnancy - Mary stayed right up to the birth of John or left right before in order to let John and Elizabeth get ready…



    But when Mary shows up on Elizabeth’s doorstep - before Mary can even share what has happened with her, John the Baptist, inside Elizabeth's womb jumps for joy - He responds to the Holy Spirit.  Elizabeth just knows that Mary is carrying the savior.  We don’t know how she knows other than the Holy Spirit fills Betsy…  



    I love this interaction, Elizabeth, at the end of our life bearing the child that would ultimately announce the arrival of Jesus on the scene announces Mary & her child and pronounces how blessed Mary is.



    Both women were in extraordinary circumstances



    It is after Elizabeth makes this proclamation about Mary that Mary begins to speak…



    Honestly



    Luke 1:46-56



    46 And Mary said:



    “My soul glorifies the Lord



    47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,



    48 for he has been mindful



        of the humble state of his servant.



    From now on all generations will call me blessed,



    49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—



        holy is his name.



    50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,



        from generation to generation.



    51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;



        he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.



    52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones



        but has lifted up the humble.



    53 He has filled the hungry with good things



        but has sent the rich away empty.



    54 He has helped his servant Israel,



        remembering to be merciful



    55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,



        just as he promised our ancestors.”



    56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about t

    • 43 min
    Week 2 – Widows May, Widows Might (SECTION 200)

    Week 2 – Widows May, Widows Might (SECTION 200)

    Your heart is more important than you could ever imagine.  We can so easily give our hearts over to things that are the wrong things, this week, Kent encourages you to give your heart over to Jesus. Jump in with us in Sections 200 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316  to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ).



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    OPENING ILLUSTRATION:



    Years ago I had started working out and honestly was just trying to build up muscles.  I was a young buck and wanted to be strong.  I’m not sure it worked, lol.  I was overweight and was really hoping working out would help me.  I struck up this conversation with this guy while we were sitting there.  When you are overweight, there are always people in a gym who want to help you, and this guy was one of those guys.  He asked me what I was doing and so I proceeded to tell him what my workouts were.  He asked me if I was doing any cardio and I told him I did a little bit and he said something that has stuck with me for probably 20 years or more at this point.  He said, 



    “You know, I’ve never heard of someone dying from having too small of a bicep, but I’ve heard of lots of people dying from having a weak heart…”



    I don’t know who the guy was, all I know is he was a lawyer…



    But that statement has stuck with me…



    I was thinking lately about this statement again and how it’s not just true physically, but spiritually it’s true as well..



    I know lots of people who morally look good on the outside, but their hearts are weak and corrupt.



    b



    Today, I want us to take a look at our hearts and evaluate if we’ve bitten off on ideas the world says matter more than the ideas Jesus says matter.



    Turn your bibles to Luke 20 (SECTION 200)



    THE SETUP



    Let me set up where we are entering into Jesus’ life as we track Him..



    -He is in the last week of His life.



    -This is the whole enchilada, the whole game



    -He has been confronting leaders and teachers all week



    -He’s being tested by them



    -Word has spread that He has raised Lazarus from the dead



    -Some people are believing in Him, others are not - but many are threatened by Him…  



    Jesus has swept over the people of Israel like Pokemon over a 3rd-grade class…



    I want to read this passage to you in a second, but I want to show you how it’s tied to the passage that follows - but we almost always miss it because of how the chapter breaks from the guy who put the chapters in…  But originally there would have been no break.



    Lk 20:45-47



    45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”



    ILLUSTRATION:



    There is this guy that I see clips of on Facebook all the time, he’s the whispering arm wrestler.  He cracks me up because he will be wrestling someone and they will be going with all their might against him.  He’ll just quietly whisper to them what they need to do to try and beat him, “bring your left shoulder forward…”  “lean with your body…” and th

    • 37 min
    Week 1 – Money & Woes… (Section 138 & 198)

    Week 1 – Money & Woes… (Section 138 & 198)

    The topic of tithing in a church seems to get more people riled up than lots of other issues, tune in today to hear what Jesus had to say on the topic and ways people can slide off into the deep end.  Jump in with us in Sections 138 (compare to 198) of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316  to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ).



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    OPENING ILLUSTRATION:



    One time, early in our relationship.  Jenni and I went up to Colorado to Pikes Peak.  It was beautiful.  We had hiked through the woods and were up on the side of this cliff, it wasn’t particularly treacherous, but it was steep.  Jenni and I had climbed out on this fallen dead tree to get a picture and we were balancing there.  I did what any dumb young buck trying to impress his woman would do in that situation.  I thought, “I’ll just pick her up and put her on the other side of me to show her how strong I am…”  Lol.  I don’t know what I expected her to do, swoon?  So, I put my arm around Jenni and tried to swing her around to the other side of me.  But instead of swinging her around, I ended up loosing my balance and throwing her down the mountain.  I fell off the tree too and jabbed my chest with a stick.  Lol, needless to say, Jenni wasn’t impressed.



    I’ve been in several situations in my life where it felt like it was so easy to slip off one side to another.



    -Some of you feel that in your relationship with your spouse right now, you have had a rough go of it and you are walking on a tight wire trying not to make him mad.



    -Your parents seem to get set off at the slightest thing and you’ve been walking on pins and needles every time you’re in your house, you try not to be there as much as possible because of it.



    This past few weeks we’ve been talking about money, possessions, and eternity.



    I’ve been thinking about the two edges people slip off into when it comes to tithing.



    b



    Tithing is the biblical principle where someone who loves God gives 10% of their income back to God.



    I know, some of you are like, “oh man, here we go again….”  If you’re worried that all churches care about and talk about is money I would encourage you to stick around and hear me out.  I get having a preconceived idea about something…  



    ILLUSTRATION:



    Our executive pastor David did this weightless transformation for like the past year or more.  He’s lost over 135 pounds.  I watched him, but honestly, I’m a skeptic at heart.  I’ve lost lots of weight before and I kept thinking, we’ll see when you gain it all back.  and I don’t want another diet.  I finally put aside my skepticism and tried what he was doing and found out it’s transformational.  



    What if your skepticism was turned to transformation today?



    b



    It doesn’t hurt (or cost) you to listen…



    Listen, there are a million things we can slip off into one side or another and tithing is no different.



    There are two sides that Christians typically slip off into.



    Today, I want to share those two sides and then show you a different way to think about tithing



    b



    1.  The first way Christians slide off the end with tithing is to neglect its importance.



    b



    This view says tithing is an old testament thing, it’s not important, and it views tithing as optional

    • 41 min
    Week 5 – Shrewd Manager Part 2 (Section 162)

    Week 5 – Shrewd Manager Part 2 (Section 162)

    Finding God's purpose in the things we typically use to seek our pleasure.  Jump in with us to Sections 162 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316  to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ).



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    OPENING ILLUSTRATION:



    Dads are good for certain things, aren’t we?  We’re good for mowing the lawn.  If you want a super cheesy joke, we’ve got ya covered.  I constantly pretend like what my kids say is something else, “I want cheesy potatoes” you want Jesus tomatoes?  They think I’m hilarious ;).  But when my kids were little, the same thing would happen over and over again.  They would fall down and hurt their knee, or they’d accidentally scrape they’re elbow, or they’d cut off a finger.  I’d be right there as super dad, I’d swoop em up into my arms to see if they were ok and then it would happen.



    My wife would come around the corner having heard the siren cry of a child and before a word could be spoken, my crying child would do the universal sign for I don’t want you… [reach hands out, hands sprawled outward, head cocked]



    man that’s infuriating!  ;)



    When you’re a kid, moms are typically the “go-to” when you’re hurt.



    b



    We all have an allegiance to certain things over others.



    Some of you are UK Fans



    And others of you are just wrong… lol



    If you really wanted to, you could strip someone down to their allegiances and it would tell you what you need to know about that person, wouldn’t it?



    Allegiance is about alignment



    In a moment, we’re going to look at Jesus confronting the allegiances and alignment of the Pharisees.  We’re going to unpack what He said, and then we’re going to put it away inside of ourselves.



    Last week we started this with the reveal from World Vision and looking at the story of the Shrewd manager, do you remember that story?



    Jesus told a story about a guy who was a manager for a really rich guy.  This guy couldn’t be trusted at all.  He embezzled and wasted the master's money.  Finally, he knew he was going to be fired so he began making deals with people who owed his master.  



    Jesus stops in his story to point out that the people of the world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than we are



    -he tells them to use their wealth to Gain friends and then He continues with the story from the master's perspective now



    Luke 16:10-15



    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. 



    this is what we teach our kids, right?  



    -if you lie you, then I can’t trust you in the future



    -this isn’t some big spiritual statement, as much as Jesus describing how things work so He can make a bigger point



    Remember why the manager was going to be let go?  It was because he had mishandled his masters money…



    ILLUSTRATION:



    Often times a leader's primary responsibility is to interpret reality for those who follow them.  To give you a framework to think about the circumstances you are in.  Parents do this all the time, your kid's team loses, you tell them, “Wagners don’t ever lose as long as we learn something…”  



    Jesus has taken this story of the sneaky manager and how he misuses his master's wealth.  



    Jesus is framing this parable for us when He says,

    • 35 min
    Week 4 – Reveal Sunday (Section 162)

    Week 4 – Reveal Sunday (Section 162)

    What would it be like to go from death to life?  From failure to freedom?  Jesus gave that gift so freely.  Don't miss this message today to be impacted by the life of Jesus.  Jump in with us in Sections 72 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316  to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ).



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    OPENING ILLUSTRATION:



    Luke 16:1-9



    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.



    Over the years I’ve preached on this passage several times and every time it hits me just how jarring it should be to us.



    Jesus sets up this scene, if you really listen, for everyone to be mad at this manager.  He’s the guy who should get what’s coming to him.  



    He’s been wasteful, he’s conniving, he’s all around a creep



    At the end of the parable, Jesus flips the script on us and says, “you have something to learn from this guy”



    Listen to what He says…



    “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. 



    ILLUSTRATION:



    When I was in youth ministry, we would do big fun giveaways.  One time we put a pool out on our property, had a swimming party and then gave it away.  I would take grief all the time from people about this kind of stuff.  You’re just buying people off was the sentiment.  For me, I was always like, “I want to do whatever it takes to reach a lost person…”  and then I read this passage - did you see what Jesus said.  I’ve pointed this out before here, but it’s been a while and it’s worth retelling.  



    This is, word for word, what Jesus says



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



    b



    Jesus is saying, use your wealth to buy people for the Kingdom of God



    bd



    Jesus didn’t value earthly wealth at all, but He understood wealth is the value system of the world.



    b



    He tells His followers to use the temporary wealth the world values

    • 40 min
    October 16, 2022 – Week 3 – Chosen Sunday

    October 16, 2022 – Week 3 – Chosen Sunday

    So, about 6 months ago I went out for coffee with Josh Moran who is our representative from World Vision.  Honestly, I was a little stand-offish because I didn’t want to get sold something, I try to be cautious about what we add to what we do at Harmony.  I’m sitting there listening to Josh and thinking, “I know how this thing works, you come to make us feel bad about being Americans and then we go in and help kids out…”  But as I listened I realized there was something drastically different about what World Vision was doing with Chosen.  It’s not that other ministries are bad or wrong in how they do this, but what was different about what World Vision does is they don’t just bring help to the poor and under-served.  They bring dignity and hope.  



    When I was a kid, I grew up poor - I know some of you know what that’s like.  I can remember going to church with my parents and having to go to the basement to this stuffy room.  There was a guy who worked at JC Penney and he would bring all the returned or stained clothes to the church.  I’ll never forget standing there as a kid with this tall guy dressed nicely as we foraged through the clothes to see if we could find some school clothes that might fit us.  If I’m really honest with you, it was embarrassing.  I’m not sure how my parents felt about it, but I know they worked hard and we couldn’t make ends meet.  I can’t imagine that it left them with much dignity.



    So, as I sat there listening to Josh talk about how World Vision was flipping the script and the kids would choose us.  How they are investing in helping people break the cycles of poverty and get clean water.  How they are empowering people with the hope of Jesus.  



    You know all month long we’ve been talking about "what is the impact we could make?" What is the way that we could be used to Advance the Kingdom of God?  Last week you took a challenge to identify with the poor.  This week, what if every one of us went out there and took a step to take care of the poor?  To put food on a family's table and earn the right to bring faith into their community.  What if helping could also bring dignity, what if you could be chosen?



    This is a literal way you can Advance the Kingdom.  I know for some of you, $39 is a huge ask.  I know for others of you, you spend $39 a week on coffee.  We aren’t asking you to do this because you all need to give more - you are already a crazy generous church.  We are asking you because we believe this investment could literally mean a life is changed.



    What if God is just waiting for you to say yes so you can be chosen?  Imagine what it will feel like to have a child look at the picture of you and your family and say, “them, I want them…”

    • 42 min

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