by Stephen Whitney

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Assuring My Future (7 of 7)
Series: Parables of Jesus
Stephen Whitney
Luke 16:1-13

In June 2010 Leroy Flick won two million dollars in the Michigan Lottery. He bought a house, a used 2008 Audi and invested the rest. Because the income he receives from his investment is less than $5,000 a year he is eligible for food stamps.

He told a reporter for the local TV station that, ‘‘If you are going to try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it.’’ His lawyer said, ‘‘The amount that he has invested of his winning spins off an amount of income and that income is such that he is eligible.’’ The money he had invested did not disqualify him from assistance because assistance is based only on your income, not your assists.

This story is an example of man’s human nature: 1. People care first about themselves before anything else. 2. They will do whatever they can to help themselves. 3. They really don’t care about how their actions affect others.

Predicament :1-2
Manger - Gk. steward of a household, farm or estate He was an administrator who had authority over the whole estate to see that it was run well so it would make a profit for the owner. Gen. 39:4 Joseph found favor with Potiphar and he made Joseph overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.

Wasting - either by being careless or mismanaging the property. It was probably the result of him being lazy instead of diligent. It takes real commitment to handle other people’s property with the same carefulness you would if it was your own money or property.

The manager should have been as careful with the property he was paid to oversee as if it were his own property. The good job which he had for some time now was going to be taken away from him because he had not been diligent in caring for his master’s property, but instead had misused it.

Problem :3-4
As he thought about his future he realized he was not strong enough to do manual labor and h ...

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