Contributed on Jul 11, 2002
Sometimes the worst thing God can do is to give us what we want. the prodigal leaves for a "far country", a place which exists first in our hearts.
"The Prodigal Sons", Luke 15:11-32 Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts Outline: Restlessness> vss 1- 11-12 Rebellion> vss 13-16 Repentance> vss 17-19 Reconciliation> vss 20-24 Resentment> vss 25-32 ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2010
There are many excuses for rejecting what God has to offer, and God sees through them all. If we’re full of the world we’ll have no appetite for Heaven.
Today’s parable starts out as table-talk. At a dinner, Jesus mentions “the resurrection of the righteous”, an encouraging truth. Someone at the table gets so excited, he declares a Beatitude: “Blessed is everyone who will eat at the banquet in the Kingdom of God!” ...read more
Contributed on Dec 29, 2015
In this overlooked parable Jesus describes the life of discipleship in terms of service. Rather than focusing on our rights and needs, and deciding what we'd like to do, we need to focus on how we can serve our Master.
This has been called “the most troubling parable” in the Bible. Why does Jesus say we are like unworthy servants? I know I must have read this before, but somehow I glossed over it. I've got a lot of books on the parables of Jesus and most omit this one. A year ago an article in ...read more