Father's Day at New Hope

Follow along with the Sunday Message Sundays this Summer at 9am

Can God Open Your Hand?


Here are some common uses of rope in the summer:

Docking your boat


Ski rope

Tubing – tow rope

If you go to a County fair:

Rope halters for a show cow, show horse

If you go to a rodeo:



Mountain climbing

Rope courses – zip lines

Jump rope, Swing

You might be familiar with these “rope” sayings?

Learn the ropes

When you get to the end of your rope,

tie a knot and hang on

Give him enough rope and he will ….

He’s on the ropes

He got roped in

Youtube – rope tricks

Money rope

Our Father’s hand holds every money rope.

Our Father places our money rope in our hands.

Where’s your hand?

How open is your hand?

How closed is your hand?

Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT2)

1  “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2  When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3  But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4  Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 

Open hand Kingdom giving.

Open hand Kingdom expanding.

God’s Kingdom is ever warmly expanding in us,

through us, all around us and way beyond us.

Closed hand keeping.

Closed hand shrinking.

Parable of a Massive Money Rope

Parable of rich fool

Luke 12:16-21 (ESV)

16  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

What ended up in the rich fool’s hand? 

We all have an end coming:

Closed hand keeping – at the end God lets go.

Open hand giving – at the end God keeps expanding.

Haunting Bible Teaching

Proverbs 14:12 (ESV)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 16:25 (ESV)

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 

Jesus’ open hands teaching

Beauty, Goodness and Truth

Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)

19  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Where’s your treasure?

Where’s your heart?

Where’s your hand?

How closed is your hand?

How open is your hand?

Following Jesus

 His warm open ever expanding hands.

What’s your money rope dream?