March 25, 2018
How are we stewarding the lives God has given us? In one of Jesus’ last parables, he tells a powerful story about a vine owner who leaves his land to be cared for by tenant farmers. Their stewardship of what he left them gives us an amazing window into the way Jesus was received during […]
March 18, 2018
Jesus told his disciples that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. Through this parable he teaches that the coming of the kingdom of God, though universal in the end, starts in a small and almost unnoticed way. This helps us make sense of the day in which we live and teaches us […]
March 11, 2018
As Jesus spent his time with “sinners”, he would often clash with the “religious” of his day. They grumbled at how Jesus would meet and share with such people. In answering their grumbling, Jesus tells three parables about lost things being found. He said that there is celebration in heaven when a sinner returns to […]
March 4, 2018
It’s easy to quit when we don’t get what we want or need in our time. In part 8 of our series on the parables of Jesus, we learn about the need for persistence in prayer from a nameless widow in search of justice. Jesus calls us to pray and not lose heart.
February 25, 2018
What makes a person in a “right” relationship with God? Is it the good things they do? Is it found through religious devotion? Through this parable, Jesus teaches us that it is faith, and faith in Christ, that makes a person righteous.
February 18, 2018
In part 6 of our series on the parables of Jesus, we look at a small but powerful record in Scripture. This short parable tells us that God is not done with us yet, but that there is a deadline for each of us to make our decision to believe. The parable of the fig […]
February 11, 2018
In part 5 of our series on the parables of Jesus, we look at a story he tells to teach about the priority of love. He challenges his listeners (and us today) to not be too busy, religious or afraid of the cost to get involved and love! After all, it is the most important […]
February 4, 2018
In part 4 of our series on the Parables of Jesus, we look at his story about the invitation to the wedding feast. The parable teaches about who is invited to God’s kingdom and inspires us to consider our response to the invitation.
January 28, 2018
In part 3 of our series on the parables of Jesus we look at the “wheat and the tares”. Jesus teaches that there are two kind of people in the world. Despite morality or success, we are either on the way towards eternal life or death. We determine which in this life as we stay […]
January 21, 2018
How is the gospel working in your life? In part 2 of our series on the Parables of Jesus, we look at the parable of the sower, where Jesus teaches how the “word” works in hearts and what to be watchful for to ensure the gospel’s growth and fruitfulness.