Tag: Parables

Summer Adult Bible Class

In our summer adult Bible class we will be considering a specific category of parables: the kingdom parables of Matthew’s Gospel. Each one begins with the phrase, “The kingdom of heaven is like . . .”

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Celebrate and Party!

I love the thought that we’ve have been invited to the marriage of heaven and earth.  This is the meaning of the biblical phrase, “new heavens and new earth.”  And, we are not just to be observers, but participants!  Revelation depicts this with Jesus as the groom with the church as his bride.  However, you envision this, we […]

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That’s Not Fair!

One way to know if you’ve really understood a parable of Jesus is to check your reaction.  Here are some reactions that demonstrate you probably did NOT get his point: You think to yourself, “this really applies well for  (name of someone besides yourself)“ You think the point is being able to explain the meaning and […]

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Remember and Forgive

Around 10 years ago I preached the same sermon I preached this morning.  A woman was in attendance who had suffered a terrible wrong in her life.  She told me a few days after the sermon that she had decided to forgive the one who had wronged her and her family.  Such a horrible sin […]

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Wheat and Weeds

“He really knows the Bible well.”  I’ve been told this more than once by some well meaning person about someone who is obviously not following Jesus.  The person described as such a knowledgeable Bible student may be a drunkard, a wife beater, a drug abuser, or someone who can’t control their temper and is so arrogant that no employer wants […]

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Obtaining True Treasure

 All the kingdom parables seems to build on the two we talked about today.  But what do they mean exactly?  What does it mean to sell all you have to possess the kingdom?  I’ve wrestled with this off and on my entire Christian life.  It can’t mean literally sell everything can it?  That doesn’t […]

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What Were You Expecting?

The kingdom of heaven is often thought of as restrictive, as though the king’s highest priority is keeping his subjects in line by requiring them to follow a list of do’s and don’ts. When we read the teaching of Jesus, however, we discover the kingdom offers the most incredible freedom.  It’s not freedom to do whatever we like (which is […]

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Persistence in Prayer

We humans are so impatient. We don’t like to wait at traffic lights, drive through windows, restaurants, the DMV, the post office, or any place else! We live in a fast paced society and expect things to move along quickly. It’s difficult enough to make time to pray, but when we do we expect God […]

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