Investing in 2014

Unlike money, all of us have the same 24 hour allotment to invest. Since it’s wise to invest about 8 of those hours in rest and sleep each day, we all come to the marketplace with very limited resources.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics here is how the average American invests their day:

AvgTime

Now, I am going to make a bold assertion: there is little we can do to re-allocate time investment reflected in the chart. The chart reflects who we are physically and who we are as a culture. In other words, physically we must eat, sleep, keep our homes, and care for those in our charge…culturally we must work 8 hours and participate in sports and leisure activities. This is what it means to be an American. There is little we can do on the average day to break out of this mold.

That being said, I want to address the time slice in the chart labeled as “other”. The average American has 1.6 hours each day that is not ruled by the physical or dominated by culture. About an hour and a half daily is yours to invest any way you choose. It may not sound like a lot of time to invest but look at it this way; one could read over twenty books a year if you only invested 15 minutes each day to reading.

I believe one thing is clear, based on the limit of the resource, one must invest this time slice wisely. It is my desire that you would invest some of this resource with us. Patriarch Project exists to change lives with the Word of God and with interacting with each other.

Someone said we change the world one life at a time. Please watch this TED Talk from a man who grew up in South Africa working in his family’s tourism business:

Teaching Outline Week 6

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews) 

Commentary

Consider Jesus

(Christmas Edition)

Hebrews 3:1-6

Outline

Verse 1:

Consider Jesus, the faithful Apostle and High Priest

Let’s take a look at a favorite Christmas hymn: O, Come All Ye Faithful!

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, 
        O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. 
        Come and behold him, born the King of angels; 
Refrain:
        O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, 
        O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord. 
O come all ye faithful: Hebrews 2:16-17 Jesus was first faithful and makes a way for us to join the faithful! 
Joyful and triumphant: Hebrews 2:14-15 No longer slaves to death and sin. 
O come ye: Hebrews 3:1 Consider this Jesus! 
Behold him, born the King of angels: Hebrews 1:13 Jesus, reigning victorious King  
And now the refrain: O come let us adore him 
ADORE: 
               Shepherds (Luke Chapter 2:20) 
                               Smell like manure, not incense 
               Magi (Matthew Chapter 2:10-11)
                               More like wicked wizards than kindly kings 
ACKNOWLEDGE: 
               Roman King (Matthew Chapter 2:3)
                               Wanted Jesus dead. 
               Jewish Religious Elite (Matthew Chapter 2:4)
                               Really wanted Jesus dead! 
LIFE APPLICATION: 
This Christmas, do you adore Jesus or simply acknowledge him? (Hebrews 2:1)

 

Work…the place of Worship, Service, and Purpose

If work is just the place you earn your living, you’ve lost your way. If you think differently about time spent at work than time spent at church, you’ve lost your way.

Work is Worship!

Most likely, work is the place where the Lord grants you the most opportunity to influence others. On average, people have the widest network of relationships and invest more time with co-workers than neighbors and extended family.

Would you believe work is all about God and relationships and your pay-check is simply an “add-on”?

I think Jesus had this very idea in mind when he taught us not to be anxious about anything…

Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (Luke 12:31) 

Please watch the following video produced by Chick-fil-A and think about your relationships at work:

 

 

 

Synopsis and Homework Week 5

The author of the book of Hebrews is speaking to the church when admonishing with the words…consider Jesus. It is a catalyst for self examination. Our hope must rest in this Jesus who is greater than Moses. It allows the option of listening to the heavenly calling and sharing in all that it has to offer. We have Jesus, Apostle and High Priest, bringing God to us and us to God.

Confidence comes not from making life choices that seam to work well, but making choices that come from time spent with the Lord. Confidence comes when we know this Jesus as… in history past as the once-for-all perfect sacrifice; in times present as the Ambassador of God the Father; and in the future as one who keeps all of the promises made to the church.

Consider Jesus is not just an evangelistic term used to present the Gospel to unbelievers, but a life long requirement for every believer.

HOMEWORK:

Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 and answer the following questions:

In Paul’s example to the Corinthian church who is the building (those who plant) and who is the builder (the one who gives growth)?

What will be the difference between building on the foundation with wood, hay and straw or gold, silver and precious stones?

What is the main idea in regards to receiving the offered rewards?

 

Teaching Outline Week 5

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews) 

Commentary 

Consider Jesus

Hebrews 3:1-6

Outline 

Verse 1: 

Speaking to the Holy Brothers 

            Heavenly calling

            Sharing 

Consider Jesus

            Apostle – Sent One (Brings God to us)

            High Priest – Mediator (Brings us to God)

 

Why consider Jesus? 

Verses 2-5: 

                        Both Jesus and Moses are faithful (Numbers 12:6) 

                        But Jesus is Superior           

                                    Moses = House 

                                    Jesus = Builder 

Verse 6: 

                        Only one place for hope – Consider Jesus!

 

LIFE APPLICATION: 

There is a river of hope flowing from God. 

We don’t automatically stand in the river.

We need to talk to the architect of life about life. 

Confidence comes from HOPE in JESUS alone!