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Nov 19, 2016 Sermon: Use It or Lose It

by Laton Smith | 2016-11-19T00:00:00-05:00

A sermon by Pastor Laton Smith from Plantation SDA Church on November 19, 2016.

The key text for the sermon is: Matthew 25:14-30

The Parable of the Talents 14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 25:14–30). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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  • Laton Smith

    Pastor Laton Smith was an Associate Pastor at Plantation SDA Church during his time at Plantation.

    Pastor Laton Smith's journey into ministry began at the age of 8 when he preached his first sermon after the death of his father. He graduated from William A. Kirlew Jr. Academy and enrolled at Greater Miami Adventist Academy, there he played sports and participated in the Student Association. While at GMAA he realized the seriousness of his calling. After graduating GMAA he attended Southern Adventist University. In 2008 he graduated from Southern Adventist University and was given the opportunity to continue his education at Andrews University with a sponsorship from the Florida Conference of SDA to pursue a Master's of Divinity.
    He is currently the senior district pastor of the Kendall and Homestead SDA Churches. In August of 2016 he joined his life with his wife Itzel Smith and celebrates the fact that when we let God choose he chooses the best.
    His hope is that everyday he can inspire people to see that everyone has the potential to become a leader through there God given purpose.