Contributed on Apr 28, 2009
This week we examine the parables of "lostness" focusing on the parable of "The Compassionate Father and His Two Lost Sons." While the prodigal son’s lostness is obvious, the elder son is lost in his own way as well.
Parables of Jesus Welcome Home Luke 15:11-32 April 26, 2009 A family had put the carcass and scraps from their turkey dinner in a trash bag and set it outside next to the back steps intending to clean up and then put the bag in the can after making sure that nothing else needed to go in the ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2009
Jesus gives us four basic types of response to the message of God’s kingdom. Which type of ground most resembles your spiritual walk?
Parables of Jesus Fertile Ground Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23 May 17, 2009 As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this parable is the parable of parables. It is the certainly a huge key in understanding what Jesus is teaching about God’s kingdom and what God expects of us in response to the message ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2009
This is another parable fo which Jesus offers an interpreation. As a kingdom parable, this parable teaches how God’s Kingdom can be presently at work breaking into this world at the same time that evil is also at work.
The Parables of Jesus Wheat and Weeds Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 May 31, 2009 The parable of the wheat and weeds. Another parable that Jesus offers an interpretation, which in Matthew sandwiches two other really brief parables—mustard and yeast. All of which have similar themes and seek to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2009
We examine the two paralell parables of the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price. These are two parables that Jesus uses to describe what God’s kingdom is like.
The Parables of Jesus The Value of the Kingdom Matthew 13:44-46 June 7, 2009 Here in a brief three verses Jesus gives us two parables. Although they are not identical both teach us about God’s kingdom in similar fashion. They are intended to teach us the value of God’s kingdom. These parables ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2009
This parables is about Israel, Israel’s response to the kingdom message of Jesus, and the consequences from a lack of response by the religious leaders and then the people.
The Parables of Jesus The Wicked Tenants Matthew 21:33-46 June 14, 2009 This week we are going to examine what many consider to be a very complicated parable: the parable of the wicked tenants. This is a parable about Israel. It goes along with similar themes to the parable of the two sons and ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2009
A parable about Israel and Israel’s response to God’s kingdom. God has sent us an invitation. Will we respond? Will we respond appropriately?
The Parables of Jesus The Wedding Banquet Matthew 22:1-14 June 28, 2009 This is considered by many scholars to be an extremely difficult parable. Some see the parable of the great feast or great banquet in Luke 14 as a parallel account. While there are several similarities such as the open ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2009
While judgment, salvation, discipleship, and the kingdom are elements of this story, this parable is about wealth. Jesus is concerned with the neglect of the poor because people are selfish with their wealth.
The Parables of Jesus The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31 July 12, 2009 Now we turn to the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. It is true that this is parable about discipleship as well as the future kingdom. But it is a parable specifically about money. How discipleship impacts our use of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2009
We examine two parables that deal with discipleship and specifically the carefully weighing the cost of following Jesus. No matter where you are spiritually, Jesus calls us to seriously consider discipleship.
The Parables of Jesus The Tower Builder and the Warring King Luke 14:28-32 July 26, 2009 This week we are going to turn to two parables that are about discipleship. It is a “Who from you…” parable. This refers to the phrase in verse 28 of Luke 14 that in the NIV says, “suppose one of you.” ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2009
This parable is clearly about prayer but exactly what is Jesus teaching us about prayer. Because of interpretative translations, it may not be what you think.
The Parables of Jesus My BFF @ Midnight Luke 11:1-13 August 2, 2009 This parable is clearly a parable about prayer. Luke has positioned it after Jesus teaches “The Lord’s Prayer,” and has included the saying about prayer that uses the “ask, seek, and knock,” which Matthew has as part of the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2009
This parable is about persistence in praying but not about praying the same prayer persistently to get what we want. It is about sticking with prayer and with God no matter what!
The Parables of Jesus The Unjust Judge Luke 18:1-8 August 9, 2009 Here we have another parable with a theme of prayer. Like the parable of the BFF @ midnight, this parable is NOT praying the persistently the same prayer badgering God to get what we desire. In fact, NO WHERE in scripture is ...read more
Contributed on Aug 24, 2009
This parable is a contrast between the wise and foolish virgins. We’ll look at the context and then how we practically apply readiness today.
The Parables of Jesus The Ten Virgins Matthew 25:1-13 August 23, 2009 This week we turn to the parable of the ten virgins. This parable is Matthew and is one of several parables arranged by Matthew after the eschatological discourse. The what? This is the teaching found in Matthew 24 and Luke ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2009
Often used as the basis for teaching stewardship principles (tithing, time, etc.), perhaps this parable is meant by Jesus to teach stewardship of something a little more important?
The Parable of Jesus The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30 August 30, 2009 This week is the parable of the talents. We’ll be looking at Matthew’s parable of the talents specifically. Luke has a very similar version. However, the details have been changed (such as talents become minas) ...read more
Contributed on Sep 14, 2009
The last of three parables in Matthew following Jesus’ teaching on end times. Perhaps what is most important is to realize that what we don’t do could be more important than what we do as followers of Jesus.
The Parables of Jesus Goats and Sheep Matthew 25:31-46 September 13, 2009 This week we are going to look at the last parable of three that deals with the end times or judgment when Jesus comes again. The first two are the parables of the ten virgins and the talents. This week is the parable of ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2009
We come full circle with the parables of Jesus. As we close this series, we are reminded the God’s Kingdom work starts small and seemingly insignificant but through God’s work becomes greater than we can imagine.
The Parables of Jesus The Mustard Seed and The Yeast Matthew 13:31-33 September 20, 2009 This week we will return to Matthew and look at two small parables that are connected together but give us two varying perspectives of the kingdom. These are the parables of the mustard seed and yeast. If ...read more