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Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson

Hey! I am Kyle Thompson, husband to Lucina for 30 years. We continue the adjustment of fully releasing our kids (now young adults) in this next stage of life. I am thankful for the hard/painful years of marriage that led to a sweetness only Christ and His transformation could produce.

Our son, Jordan, graduated from TCU in 2011 and lives in California. Our daughter, Audrey, will graduate in May from Texas A&M and work as a petroleum engineer for a Dallas-based oil and gas company. We are excited about adding a son-in-law in June!!

February 24, 2012

RADICAL GENEROSITY


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Mark 12

The Parable of the Tenants

12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

“But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[b] to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And they were amazed at him.

Marriage at the Resurrection

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection[c] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[d]? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared:

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’[h]

37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”

The large crowd listened to him with delight.

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

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  1. Mary C


    Feb 27, 2012 19:46

    I'm so grateful for a response. After sharing what I've never shared I soon felt shame which I know is not from God, so I uninvited Satan to my brain. I've never even thought of that before. Just sharing my story has helped me breathe deeper. Thank you for your helpful and gracious response and your time. Thank you for praying for me.

  2. kyle t.


    Feb 27, 2012 02:23

    thank you for your question Mary C. I am sorry for your discouragement in midst of circumstances. Know that God loves you and walks thru all our situations that are fearful to us. I John 4:15-21 is a passage that reminds me that God loves and cares for me in midst of all I am experiencing. In reference to the situation with you and your husband I would encourage you to follow God's guidance in Matthew 18:15-16 as you help your husband and bring others in that you are in relationship with to help you both. The Moneywise material is available for you to use wherever you reside by clicking the link and downloading. I would encourage you to print it out and walk thru this material with 2 or 3 other couples you are in relationship with in your church. Praying now for you Mary. Warm Regards, kyle t

  3. Susan Coy


    Feb 25, 2012 04:13

    Kyle, as many others have commented....you live out radical generosity and have been a great example for others to do the same. Grateful for your life, leadership and example....all are a blessing to me :)

  4. Eric C


    Feb 24, 2012 20:56

    Thanks for the great (and convicting) reminder Kyle, and most importantly, your selfless service to the body of Christ.

  5. Mary C


    Feb 24, 2012 09:30

    I don't live in Tex., cannot do the Moneywise. Married almost 40 years, here's my situation: we were very traditional by choice, I was a stay home mom. Didn't haveknowledge of any money mgt plans, thought my businessman husband had it all under control. About a decade ago, I was shocked t discover no college $$ saved for our 4 kids. Also, other financial problems. Thrutheyears we supported FCA, Young Life, etc, and i was always quick to say, can we help or can we sponsor a child, etc..So this revelation was like a bad dream....My great sadness and the "who have I been living with" thoughts began to marinate my heart. It's been a process, the swirl of emotions and stress...sort of peaked about 5 years ago when it hit me: I've lost respect. Thru it all, no poor behavior, I pray daily to show him love, kindness and acceptance, and for the HS to fill my heart. Fear is very palatable to me. I don't want to live with this, but my culture tells me I've no great marketable skills, only a bachelors degree. Husband won't go to counseling. Can you give me a thought process to put in place, or...something. Thank you

  6. Jim


    Feb 24, 2012 06:27

    Kyle, Thanking God for your example of servant leadership to Watermark and to the body of Christ. May all of us on The Journey be like this widow woman as we follow Jesus. Jim

  7. Jordan


    Feb 24, 2012 05:44

    I can't wait to bring the MoneyWise curriculum to my community. What a great reminder to chech how I stewart the resources that God has entrusted to me. So thankful for the ways you have modeled this well-I am excited to be challenged and thrilled to grow

  8. Leonard


    Feb 24, 2012 05:39

    Thanking God for you - for your consistant example of stewardship! Thanks for pointing us to truth today!

  9. David Leventhal


    Feb 24, 2012 05:26

    Kyle - thanks for your words this morning. I wholeheartedly agree with my friends who have commented before me that what makes your devo so powerful is the consistency in your life in this area. You and Lucina have been a tremendous encouragement to Missy and me (& to many, many others) as you guys have led out in this area. Thanking the Lord for you and your leadership in our body.

  10. Sue Bohlin


    Feb 24, 2012 05:12

    Hey there, beloved Burundi buddy! ::big smile:: How cool of the Lord to assign you this passage of the widow with the big heart, when that is an area where Jesus has transformed you! Thank you for leading us with generosity and integrity. I love seeing the joy and, well, FUN on the faces of people who get to give away chunks of God's money! I was struck by this chapter's bookends of two very different kinds of fear. Mark tells us twice, at the end of chapter 11 and the beginning of chapter 12, that the religious leaders were beset by fear of the people. The poor widow, on the other hand, clearly had a holy fear of the Lord. Fear of man restricts and chokes off life, but fear of the Lord expands and earns His approval and affirmation. In fact, this morning I added to my ongoing list of "things that please the Lord" the widow's generosity and trust in Yahweh. I can just imagine Jesus sitting there across from the giving trumpets where people dropped in their offerings, watching this dear lady give all she had, His heart swelling with love as His face breaks out in a warm smile. May we all make Jesus smile as we trust Him with HIS finances!

  11. Brandon Avance


    Feb 24, 2012 04:44

    Good word and great questions. "Full devotion is reflected in how I steward resources." What a call and a challenge today.

  12. Sheri


    Feb 24, 2012 04:35

    I agree with Brett- you " brought it" by not only teaching us through God's Word, and not your own ideas, but also in how you and Lucina live this out daily. Thanks Kyle!!

  13. Lucina


    Feb 24, 2012 04:21

    I loved seeing your handsome face this morning. As your wife, no one can testify better how well you live this passage out. I see it everyday and thank you for leading me to give radically. It's exhilarating to let our resources go to bigger and better (in God's economy) things. I can't wait to see what giving opportunities God brings across our path this year...and may we be found faithful to let it go when he does!

  14. Julie Hildebrand


    Feb 24, 2012 04:18

    Wonderful word this morning, Kyle. I especially was "encouraged" by your statement, "as long as I tithed, I was free to use "my" money how I wanted". I too have been a "checked box" thinker concerning my money and my time -- if I gave some to the Lord, the rest was mine to do with as I saw fit. Not so. Not so with my money, my time, my thoughts, my kids, or anything else the Lord has given me. All His, all for His glory. Thanks for your words this morning!

  15. Todd Wagner


    Feb 24, 2012 03:39

    Loved being with you this morning friend with this word on your lips and heart.. May the Lord continue to grow us all in this area as well as use us to grow each other. I am humbled and thankful for how you lead us all already and I am praying your best days of leadership and my/our best days of encouraging you as we lead/steward are still to come. Pressing on with you.

  16. Paul Rutherford


    Feb 24, 2012 03:10

    Thank you, mr. Thompson. Questions two and three were particularly helpful as I prayed them to God this morning. Thank you!

  17. Barry


    Feb 24, 2012 02:56

    Encouraging words this morning and totally consistent with the encouragement we've received by observing your heart and actions over the years. Thank you and Lucina for all of the ways you encourage the Wmk community to live radical lives of full devotion to Him. We love being on this journey with you.

  18. Kelly Batt


    Feb 24, 2012 01:23

    Kyle, how wonderful to see you this morning! You continue to be such an example of Christ's desire for each of us. I never cease to be encouraged by you and Lucina. Much love to you all!

  19. Robert McFarlane


    Feb 24, 2012 01:20

    Appreciate your encouragement and the reminder that it is all His.

  20. Brett Johnston


    Feb 23, 2012 03:31

    KLT way to bring. I know no one who does a better job at living this than you. You greatly have encouraged and grown Sheri and me in this area. Glad to be in it with you.

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