More Than a Story: Faithfulness

[The Loaned Money: Matthew 25:14-30] Also known as the Parable of the Talents A talent is a monetary unit worth about 20 years’ worth of wages. Talent is useless if it is not used. No one is without talent. Talents given according to ability – 5, 2, 1 Responsibility – Faithful over little, set you […]

More Than a Story: Readiness

[The Ten Bridesmaids: Matthew 25:1-13] Also known as the Parable of the Ten Virgins Not good and bad women– WISE and FOOLISH women. Context: Disciples requested knowledge of a sign or signal of the coming of Jesus. (see Matthew 24:3) These ten women are waiting to escort the bridegroom for the torch lighting procession at […]

More Than a Story: Repentance

[Luke 15 – The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son] We are all at one time LOST and need to REPENT We aren’t meant to do life alone We realize that with our Pig Pod Moment and change of mind (see v. 16) No matter the sin / sinner, all those who repent […]

More Than a Story: Compassion

[The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37] Compassion – Deep awareness of the sufferings or misfortunes of another with a desire to relieve it. Verse 37 – And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” [NASB] Mercy – eleos (el’-eh-os) – pity, mercy, compassion, tender […]

More Than A Story: Obedience

[The Vineyard Workers: Matthew 20:1-16] Isaiah 1:19 – “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” [HCSB] God uses EVERYONE obedient to Him – Peter asks “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME”? “Then Peter chimed in, ‘We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?’ […]