by Rick White

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Living with Commitment in an Uncommitted Society (3 of 7)
Series: Raise The Standard
Rick White
Luke 14:25-35

Message Truth: When it comes to commitment, Jesus teaches us to count the cost and finish the job. He does not ask for blind commitment but careful, intelligent discipleship - fully aware of the cost.

(Luke 14:25-35 NASB) Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, {26} "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. {27} "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. {28} "For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? {29} "Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, {30} saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' {31} "Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? {32} "Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace. {33} "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. {34} "Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? {35} "It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Resolved: To follow God with all my heart.
Resolved also: Whether others do or not, I will.
-Jonathan Edwards

When Julius Caesar landed on the shores of Britain with his Roman legions, he took a bold and decisive step to ensure that success of his military venture. Ordering his men to halt on th ...

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