Contributed on Aug 17, 2014
The parable confronts us with the demand to make a decision concerning the command just give by Jesus. Are we, or are we not, going to love our neighbor as our self.
LUKE 10: [25-] 29-37 [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE GOOD SAMARITAN [1 John 3:18] Few people really understand US Internal Revenue Service income tax regulations and for good reason. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 tax codes surpassed four million word mark. In fact, the tax codes have ...read more
Contributed on Nov 10, 2014
The focus is humility in prayer out of a realization that righteousness can not be reached by means of our own efforts. Prayers are heard & answered because of God’s mercy not because of our self-justifying merits.
LUKE 18: 9-14 [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE PARABLE OF THE PRAYERS [Luke 11:39–54] In this section Jesus tells a story of a Pharisee and a tax collector. Both were sincere and devout. As a matter of fact, one kept the law scrupulously, or thought he did. The other was in a profession ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2014
Your prayers are heard by your heavenly Father, who loves you & cares about you supremely.
LUKE 18: 1-8 [PARABLES IN LUKE] BE PERSISTENCE IN PRAYING [Hebrews 11:1-6] In order to be recipients of the abundant blessings Jesus has for us we need to be constantly walking with God. Prayer is an essential component of life with God. Prayer involves asking God for what you need, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2014
Jesus told the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus to show that being rich should not be equated with being righteous. The rich man had everything he wanted. But he didn’t have what would get him to heaven.
LUKE 16: 19-31 [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS [John 11:45-53; 12:10-11] After challenging the pharisees and scribes Jesus told the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus to show that being rich should not be equated with being righteous. The rich man had everything he wanted. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2014
Disciple needed to learn the lesson that life is more important than material things. They must learn not to be diverted from their commitment to Jesus by greed for wealth & material possessions. True riches & satisfaction come only from God.
LUKE 12: [13-] 16-21. [PARABLES IN LUKE] A FOOL AND HIS RICHES [1 Timothy 6:6–10] AMERICA has been assured by its political leaders that ours is the highest standard of living in the World. We have the most wealth that men have ever known. Everywhere there are supermarkets ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2014
In the Parable of the Fig Tree Jesus taught that one can tell what is coming by watching the signs. As surely as one can discern the approach of summer by the leafing of a tree, so these signs announce the nearness of the kingdom.
LUKE 21: 24-29-33 [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE RETURN OF CHRIST / THE FIG TREE [Romans 8:18-25] The portion of Jesus’ discourse we are looking at this morning entails what is to be after the time of the Gentiles has been fulfilled in respect to Jerusalem. The heavens will be observably ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2014
Jesus wants us to reflect on what we want to happen when He returns and to prepare our self for it right now. If you want to be prepared for Christ’s return you must prepare yourself through faithfulness.
LUKE 12: 35-40. [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE WATCHFUL SERVANTS [Matthew 25:1-13 / John 12:23-26] Jesus has been teaching principles for kingdom living. He is preparing them for His departure and their ministry. He would be leaving His followers but He promised to return again for them at a ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2014
Because the Christian is unsupervised, irresponsibility is a great possibility. Jesus tells us this parable so we will be encouraged to faithfulness & warned against unfaithfulness.
LUKE 12: 41-48. [PARABLES IN LUKE] RESPONSIBLITY / RESPONSIBLE SERVANTS [John 21:15-17; 1 Peter 5:2-3] Last week we learn that Jesus’ disciples are to be alert, expecting His return. Not only are we to be watching and waiting for Jesus, we are to be working for Jesus. So here ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2014
Jesus here teaches us the urgency of repentance. Death is the common denominator for everyone. Only repentance can bring life to people.
LUKE 13:1--9 [PARABLES IN LUKE] REPENTANCE DEMANDED [Deuteronomy 13:12-18 / Isaiah 1:15-19] A mixture of thoughts and emotions swept over me when I heard that a plane had crashed near Pittsburgh, killing everyone aboard. I felt numb. So many people were suddenly ushered into eternity. I ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2014
In response to the questioning of His authority by the scribes & Pharisees after His cleansing of the Temple, Jesus tells a parable. This parable summaries the whole of biblical history including the gospel story.
LUKE 20: 9-18 [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE PARABLE OF THE TENANT FARMERS [Isaiah 5:1-7 / John 12:35-43] In response to the questioning of His authority by the scribes and Pharisees after His cleansing of the Temple, Jesus tells a parable. This parable summaries the whole of biblical history ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2014
At the very heart of the parable is who will be found in the Kingdom of God. It has to do with those who will respond positively to their invitation to accept Jesus, God’s great invitation to salvation (
LUKE 14: 12-16-24 [PARABLES IN LUKE] GOOD EXCUSES [Isaiah 25:6-9] While attending a dinner party at a Pharisees’ house (vv. 1, 7, 12) Jesus challenges the guests to live and work so they will be rewarded in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus then gives a parable about a banquet that ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2014
Jesus associated with sinners because their repentance brings great joy to heaven. The parables’ drama is built on the tension of an attempt to find what is lost. If the lost were important to Jesus, they should be important to His disciples.
LUKE 15: 1-10 [PARABLES IN LUKE] SEEKING SINNERS [Jesus, Friend of Sinners] Why seek sinners? Chapter 15 contains three linked parables that explain why Jesus associates with sinners. Jesus associated with sinners who recognized their need of salvation and because their repentance brings ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2014
Jesus tells this memorable story so His followers would know what they were to do between His departure & His second coming. He would go away for a while and His followers would need to be faithful & productive during His absence
LUKE 19: 11-27 [PARABLES IN LUKE] THE ONCE & FUTURE KING [Luke 16:10-12 / Luke 22:28-30] What would Jesus have us doing while we live on earth? This final parable in Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem highlights the believer’s responsibility or stewardship during the interval ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2014
Our attitude toward money & how we use it is a barometer of our spiritual state. It reveals whether we are foolishly thinking only of the present or astutely looking to eternity. What is the purpose of money anyway?
LUKE 16: 1-13 [PARABLES IN LUKE] TRUE RICHES [Matthew 6:25-34] Some athletes, entertainers and CEOs receive astronomical salaries. They take all they can get and use it for their own personal interests. They seem to set an example for our culture which spends so much to entertain ...read more