Contributed on Jan 2, 2005
The love of God is impartial, the word of God is essential, our response is crucial.
Stories Jesus Told - 1 "The Four Soils" Lk. 8:5-15 INTRO.: Today, we begin a series of messages on "The Stories Jesus Told." some of them are identified as parables. Others are not and may be true stories He used to illustrate spiritual truth. Jesus was the master story teller and used stories ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2005
Benefits of using God’s blessings to bring glory to Him
Stories Jesus Told - 2 "The Minas" Luke 19:11-27 INTRO.: Have you wondered if living the Christian life is worth the sacrifices and effort required? This story answers the question. Historians tell us this parable is unique among the parables of Jesus because it makes reference to an actual ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2005
The parable of the friend who came begging at midnight presents a contrast of need, concern, and ability.
The Friend at Midnight Luke 11:5-11 INTRO.: Have you ever felt betrayed by someone you felt you should be able to trust? Have you ever asked for a favor and been turned down by someone you thought should help? Has a neighbor disappointed you? In the neighborhood where I grew up, doors were never ...read more
Contributed on Jan 24, 2005
Two kinds of people are represented in the story, a bad attitude can spoil a good act, but God always honors repentance.
The Two Sons Matt. 21:28-32 INTRO.: Jesus was facing the cross. This story was told on Monday before He died on Friday. Huge crowds had hailed Him as He entered Jerusalem the day before. He cast the merchants out of the temple and healed blind and lame sufferers. Then He retreated to Bethany and ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2005
Sermon on the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price.
The Treasure and the Pearl Matt. 13:44-46 INTRO.: You will notice as we continue to meditate on the stories Jesus told that many of the stories come from Matthew 13 and Luke 14. That’s because these chapters record so many parables Jesus used. In parables, an everyday event is used to teach ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2005
The three character types and philosophies seen in Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan.
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-37 INTRO.: The background of this story is a question that came to Jesus from a lawyer: "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" His motive was to test Jesus. Jesus turns the question back to him and he answers correctly. To onlookers, it must have seemed he asked a ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2005
The story of the shrewd manager presents contrasts in persons, amount, stewardship, and ownership to show the responisiility we have to use God’s gifts in His service.
THE PARABLE OF THE SHADY DEAL LUKE 16:1-12 INTRO.: Where did the expression "shady deal" come from? Maybe because it is a business deal consummated in the shadows. Maybe because wrong is black and right is white and a shady deal is something between. For whatever reason, we call a questionable ...read more
Contributed on Feb 26, 2005
God had provided a great feast for us and wants His people to invite everyone.
The Great Feast Luke 14:16-24 INTRO.: This story is told near the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Probably less than three months away from the cross. He is eating on the Sabbath at the house of a prominent Pharisee. No doubt the Pharisee had invited Him in order to find fault. The Jews’ favorite ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2005
Evil, symbolized by yeast, permeates our lives and our Churches: an unpopular interpretation of the parable.
The Yeast Matthew 13:33 INTRO.: As a child, I watched my mother bake bread. She would mix the dough and the yeast and let it sit in a large basin until it rose. Then she would knead it some more and divide it into smaller pans for baking. My brother and I would come around often to see if it had ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2005
The parable of the fruitless fig tree conveys both a warning and great good news.
The Last Chance Luke 13:6-9 INTRO.: Think about the recent Tsunami that killed over 100,000 people. We always wonder why God allows such things and I don’t have the answer. Were those people worse sinners than all the rest of the world’s population? Hardly. In Luke 13, the Jews bring up a ...read more