The Power of a Parable

“I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them.” – Hosea 12:10 A parable is a short story with many truths that always drive home the word of God. The rabbis and Jesus loved to use parables to teach valuable life lessons. The rabbis would say when you understood a parable, “you have heard it, and you have heard it; you have seen it, and you have seen it.” In a nutshell, there’s two ways to see something, and there’s two ways to hear something. In this Old Testament parable, God sent the Prophet Nathan to rebuke King David, who had just committed adultery and murder. Nathan tells King David about a rich man who has cattle and property. There was also a poor man with one beloved lamb that was precious to him and a special part of the family. When the rich man

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The Power and Honor of Being a Disciple

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ ” – Matthew 4:18-19 Jesus lived in the ancient city of Capernaum on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and was considered a famous Rabbi who exemplified the characteristics of a great teacher. In this region, it was a big deal to be a sage, a Rabbi, or someone who knew the Torah (first five books of the Bible), and had a group of people following them. Many great Rabbis in Jesus’ day had different interpretations of the Torah and its most important commands. This was called a Rabbi’s yoke. If a Rabbi was famous, he would pass on his yoke,

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Jesus and the Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3 When we choose God, we are forgiven, rescued, and become a new creation. But in our daily lives, we can still feel thirsty for Him and wonder why we’re still struggling with some of life’s issues. So often through our churches and sermons, we make the mistake of forgetting that Jesus isn’t just our Savior, He’s our Rabbi — our Teacher. He gives us the words of life, and we can learn from His life-giving lessons. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with the Beatitudes, which are nine sayings, or blessings attributed to Jesus. There are many wonderful, helpful, and meaningful teachings of the Beatitudes, but I find that many teachers and pastors actually misunderstand what Jesus is saying.  This sermon states if you follow these nine principles, then you will receive

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Master of all…

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.’”
-John 8:31

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