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  • The Liberal (Generous!) God And Our Response Series

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Aug 22, 2010
    based on 4 ratings

    God is liberal - and by that I mean generous, ample, extravagent in giving. Jesus told this parable ABOUT the crowd not TO the crowd. What is our response to the message of Jesus from the liberal God? What kind of soil are we?

    God is liberal! God is not a Liberal Democrat, but God is liberal! God is not ’wishy-washy’, but God is liberal. God is incredibly generous and extravagant. God does not say, “Anything goes.” God is not that kind of liberal; but when the dictionary says ’abundant, ample, giving freely;[ and] more

  • God's Generosity

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Sep 27, 2011

    A short talk given at Maiden Newton during Walk West Dorset 2011, speaking about the generosity of God and our response.

    Between 1996 and 2000 I was a Senior Branch manager with the Woolwich, and I have no doubt that I would not have been able to run my branches like the landowner in that parable. If I’d hired a member of staff in January offering to pay them £12,000 for the year that would’ve been fine; more

  • A Gracious Master / The Meaning Behind The Parable Of The Unjust Manager

    Contributed by J Jeffrey Smead on Sep 22, 2013
    based on 53 ratings

    This parable is deeply embedded in Middle Eastern tradition and culture, and it is to that culture that interpreters should turn.

    By the fourth century the parable of the unjust manager ..... which we read today ...... and the parable of the prodigal son were separated by ..... a chapter division. If the monks who established those divisions ...... had kept the two parables in the same chapter, ....... The entire history of more

  • Matthew 13:34-35 - Hey! That’s Me In That Story! - Part 15 Series

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Mar 26, 2011
    based on 29 ratings

    Why does Jesus speak in parables? Why doesn’t He explain all His stories?

    Matthew 13:34-35 – HEY! THAT’S ME IN THAT STORY! – Part 15 Back in the 60’s my parents allowed me to go to the city cinema and watch movies about Tarzan. The back yard then became my jungle and I would act out the whole movie again. I still have a tendency to be a product of the last movie I have more

  • Who Is This Man Jesus – A Parable Series

    Contributed by Floyd Johnson on Mar 22, 2003
    based on 34 ratings

    This is the fourth in a series examining the person of Christ. This week, we look at the only parable found only in the book of Mark.

    Intro.: I am not a farmer. I have a black thumb. 1. I have a tough job growing grass 2. But God has called me to be a farmer – not of plants, but of lives 3. I plant seeds, I let God do the work, and I then I get to see enjoy the benefits of my work 4. This is the pattern that Jesus describes in more

  • The Parable Of The Dishonest Manager Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Apr 10, 2015
    based on 1 rating

    The parable of the dishonest manager in Luke 16:1-13 teaches us about the proper attitude toward possessions.

    Scripture For the past few weeks we have been studying chapter 15 in The Gospel of Luke. Today we begin studying chapter 16. Luke turned his attention from God’s joy over finding lost sinners to another issue of Christian discipleship: possessions. Luke began chapter 16 with the parable of more

  • God's Amazing Harvest

    Contributed by Paul Zwarich on Jul 9, 2008
    based on 14 ratings

    God is a generous seed sower.

    Lectionary 15 A Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 This morning our Gospel reading presents to us one of the better known parables of Jesus that we have come to know as “The Parable of the Sower.” Now in Matthews Gospel, “The Parable of the Sower” actually stands as the first parable in a whole series of more

  • The Wicked Tenants Series

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on Jun 16, 2009
    based on 8 ratings

    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 the more

  • The Point Of Parables

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Nov 13, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    A short sermon looking at the point of parables to get people to think about the message of Jesus, and a call to us to be ’yeast’ in God’s hands.

    I was chatting to David Lowman – the Archdeacon of Southend – this week. We were talking about ‘preaching’ – for example length of sermon, quality of sermon, and the coherence of sermons. David said that sometimes he goes to a Church and preaches and people say, “Thank you. I could hear every word more

  • Stewardship: It's All Under Our Management Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Jan 9, 2020
    based on 1 rating

    Luke 16:1-13 teaches us how we are to manage God's assets.

    Scripture I am preaching a two-week series on stewardship that I am calling “Money and Possessions.” Last week’s sermon was titled, “Ownership: It All Belongs to God.” Today’s sermon is titled, “Stewardship: It’s All Under Our Management.” The text for today’s sermon is Luke 16:1-13. This is more

  • 11th Hour Workers Series

    Contributed by Michael Monica on Dec 31, 2022

    Understanding Grace

    [Intro] - My Mom has been a nurse all her life – she volunteered at the local hospital and then intervened during high school and immediately after. She then got into nursing school and worked her way to becoming a nurse and most of her adult life was spent working and going back and forth to more

  • Revolutionary Patience

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    An alternate interpretation of the sower and seed parable is offered.

    Binding the Strong Man – A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus authored by Ched Myers is a fascinating look at Jesus' life and His words. It is an entirely different method than the usual Christian commentaries. The story of the sower of the seed is always seen as a spiritual more

  • The Last

    Contributed by I. Grant Spong on Sep 19, 2017

    What kind of life do we lead when we put ourselves first, and others last? What kind of world encourages us to tread all over others and always be first? What would Jesus say about the first and last in society?

    Prelude, Purpose, Plan What kind of life do we lead when we put ourselves first, and others last? What kind of world encourages us to tread all over others and always be first? What would Jesus say about the first and last in society? Let’s examine the incredible blessing of following Jesus to a more

  • Parable Of The Mustard Seed

    Contributed by Ed Wood on Jul 11, 2008
    based on 10 ratings

    The mustard seed is not the smallest seed on earth, but it is the smallest of the garden herbs. Yet it outgrew them all.

    PARABLE OF THE MUSTARD SEED Matthew 13:31-32 INTRO: As we have seen before, Jesus used parables in His teaching to show His followers a comparison to His heavenly kingdom. The parable of the mustard seed shows how the kingdom is like the mustard more

  • Our Prodigal Father

    Contributed by David Mcnally on Sep 8, 2012

    Jesus told a parable to illustrate how sinners, like silly children, can come back to their forgiving fathers, but while the younger son was prodigal in the way he got through his father's money, it is God our heavenly Father who is prodigal, extravagant

    GOSPEL - Luke 15:11-32 SERMON – Our Prodigal Father We call God “Our Father” but He is greater in every way than any human father or mother could ever be. Paul said: “We think WE are so wise, so clever, but God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom”. His more