In discussing the Parable of the Talents, Pastor Wes, says the point of the story is that we are not to save our talent(s) but rather to go all in and live life abundantly because we have a God who has gone all in for us.
Today Pastor Wes addresses the misconception we have about the term: blessed. While we may think it means to be happy, it actually has a much deeper meaning. It comes from the Hebrew word, "Hesed" which means to help, or encourage. Pastor Wes reminds us that God sends people to help us in our faith. They are called "saints." We are also called to be helpers in other people's faith.
In today's sermon Pastor Wes relates how throughout human history we have drifted from God's intentions. God, however, keeps calling us back. Today, Pastor Wes wonders if we Lutherans have drifted from God again with our over emphasis on being justified by grace and forgetting we are also sanctified to be the Living Word today.
In discussing the story of the wedding feast, Pastor Wes says the core of the story is about being grounded in an attitude of thankfulness and celebration of the grace we have received.
In discussing the parable of tenants of the vineyard, Pastor Wes reminds us that we are to take care of the earth which God has given us to tend. He asks how have we been doing? We are not a people who think we will someday be wisked away. Rather, we are a people who can see the Kingdom of God happening now through what we do.