More Than a Story: Faithfulness

[The Loaned Money: Matthew 25:14-30] Also known as the Parable of the TalentsA 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 over much – Action … Continue reading More Than a Story: Faithfulness

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 … Continue reading More Than a Story: Readiness

More Than a Story: Responsiveness

[Great Feast: Luke 14:15-24] In Luke 14 we see that Someone is hosting a dinner – the person is “a ruler of the Pharisees” Verses 1-6 speak about healing of a person with dropsy on the SabbathVerses 7-11 speak about the place of honor [[PARABLE OF THE AMBITIOUS GUEST]] This parable was told to the … Continue reading More Than a Story: Responsiveness

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 … Continue reading More Than a Story: Compassion

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?’ … Continue reading More Than A Story: Obedience

More Than a Story: Fruitfulness

[The Unproductive Fig Tree: Luke 13:6-9, Withered Fig Tree: Matthew 21:18-22] Colossians 1:9-10 – “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that … Continue reading More Than a Story: Fruitfulness

More Than A Story: Persistence

More Than A Story: Persistence [Friend at Midnight: Luke 11:5-13 / Persistent Widow: Luke 18:1-8] “Prayer is not an exercise. It is the life of the saint.” – Oswald Chambers 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 – “Rejoice always; pray continually.” [NIV] Pray without ceasing, pray constantly, never stop praying, continually be prayerful      Unceasingly - Adialeiptós (ad-ee-al-ipe'-toce) … Continue reading More Than A Story: Persistence

More Than a Story: Forgiveness

More Than a Story is a 12 week study of the parables of Jesus. This is the second week: FORGIVENESS. [The Unforgiving Debtor: Matthew 18:21-35] Unforgiveness is the POISON we drink hoping another will die When you hold tight to an unforgiving spirit you slowly die to TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS – PRISONER Peter came and … Continue reading More Than a Story: Forgiveness

More Than a Story: Richness

More Than a Story is a 12 week study of the parables of Jesus. This is the first week: RICHNESS. Message Outline: More Than a Story: Richness [The Rich Fool: Luke 12:13-21] BE ON GUARD AGAINST COVETOUSNESS Covetousness – desire to have more than you have LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST OF ABUNDANCE OF POSSESSIONS Possessions … Continue reading More Than a Story: Richness