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What happens at the end of our lives and of the course of history? Will God bring about a just and peaceful world? What lies beyond this realm, and what can we know of the beings who dwell there? In Death, the End of History, and Beyond, our guest Greg Carey offers resources for understanding multiple, even conflicting, ways that the Bible imagines these ultimate realities. Carey opens the Scriptures with a breadth of insight that acknowledges its diversity of viewpoints about what lies beyond the veil, centering hope in God's action to bring good out of evil in our lived realities, in our personal journeys through death, and in visions of resurrection and justice restored. An appendix on preaching also invites clergy to help their communities imagine when and how eschatology can inform our lives today.Greg Carey is Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Greg's research interests include the book of Revelation and ancient apocalyptic literature, the Gospel of Luke, and public biblical interpretation. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including Using Our Outside Voice: Public Biblical Interpretation, Stories Jesus Told: How to Read a Parable, and Apocalyptic Literature in the New Testament. Greg is frequently invited to speak on ancient apocalyptic literature, sexual ethics, and the use of the Bible in moral reflection.
Homebrewed Christianity Podcast
John Dominic Crossan returns to the podcast to discuss how Jesus the parable teller became the parable of God. You will hear him describe the nature of parables and their role in the kingdom ministry of Jesus. This parabolic framework helps him unpack the nature of the four Gospels and how they function to make… Read more about John Dominic Crossan: The Parables of Jesus & the Parable of God
The Apocalyptic Gospel Podcast
In this episode, we explore the parable of the wheat and the tares/weeds, the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the leaven. In light of common Jewish apocalyptic expectations, these parables all communicate a common theme of the flourishing of the wicked in this age and God's patient response toward evil. Rather than positive parables speaking of the growth of a spiritualized kingdom, these parables are primarily negative in tone meant to indict pride and hypocrisy in light of the coming judgment. Show notes Reviewing the phrase “the kingdom of heaven” and the agricultural metaphor - Tg. Ezekiel 7:6-7; Tg. Zechariah 14:9; 4 Ezra 8:41 (5:37) Interpreting the parable of the weeds - Matthew 13:36-43 (12:20) The parable is not a radical redefinition of Jewish apocalyptic eschatology - 2 Baruch 54:15-21 (20:57) The parables of the yeast and mustard seed - Matthew 13:31-33; Luke 12:1; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Galatians 5:7-9; Daniel 4:12; Ezekiel 17:23; 4 Ezra 4:30-31 (23:29) “Growing”, “expanding”, and “spreading” are words never associated with “the kingdom” - Isaiah 9:7 (34:51)
What is the significance to the Parable of the Boiling Pot (Ezekiel 24)? Find out with Nathan Jones and Vic Batista on the podcast, The Truth Will Set You Free!
How Does the Parable of the Sower Help Us Understand Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life? #663 by Scripture Central
Luke 16:1-17 | March 19, 2023 | Pastor Leo Bilyk Pastor Leo Bilyk is teaching on Luke 1:1-17 as part of a sermon series on The Gospel Of Luke. We hope you are blessed and equipped by today's message. To find out more about Shorebreak Church or to partner financially, visit www.shorebreakchurch.com To share your story or ask questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Mahalo for listening!
Most business owners and their teams know the importance of culture in their organization. Your teams lose cohesion without good company culture. The company might hire the wrong people, and you'll struggle to realize your mission. Sometimes, you have to build a new culture from the ground up.The truth written in the Bible has guided Alex Sezer in his life, business, and in creating a new culture within organizations. In this episode of Seek Go Create, Alex shares how companies can go through a cultural transformation from a biblical perspective. Listen to his story and discover the importance of your identity staying rooted in truth. Learn from Alex as he combines leadership, faith, and business in his journey to success.Find your identity and build a new culture within the truth of God's Word when you tune in to this enlightening episode! 3 Reasons to Listen:Don't let anyone tell you who you are. Realize the importance of finding your self-worth and identity in truth.Find out the biggest mistakes organizations often make and how to avoid them.Create a new culture of stewardship in your life and businesses through God's Word.ResourcesVisit us and find more resources just for you on Seek Go Create's websiteStrength FindersBible Verses:Exodus 18Matthew 25 The Parable of TalentsSeek Go Create Season 3 Episode 9: The Ultimate Leader is a Steward LeaderConnect with Alex: LinkedIn | Instagram | Website | EmailAbout AlexAlex Sezer is a culture catalyst and a keynote speaker. He is the CEO of Alex Sezer Ventures, where he teaches leaders to create a new culture of stewardship at their offices. He wants to help organizations to grow and undergo cultural transformation rooted in Christ. Alex has walked many different paths. He was a former football player at Texas A&M and an engineering graduate. Alex gained experience as a leader and entrepreneur when he became the president of Twin City Properties and founded his own business. He combined these experiences and skills to carry out his mission and create better organizational cultures.Want to learn more about Alex? You can visit his website, LinkedIn, and
The Briefing - AlbertMohler.com
This is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.Part I (00:13 - 14:02) Lessons From Two Decades of Conflicted History: Christian Realist Considerations of the Iraq War 20 Years Later20 Years After U.S. Invasion, Iraq Is a Freer Place, but Not a Hopeful One by New York Times (Alissa J. Rubin)Part II (14:02 - 19:46) “I Am the State?”: Emmanuel Macron Invokes Article 49.3 For Pension ReformsPart III (19:46 - 24:15) A Parable of the Human Spectacle: Silicon Valley Bank Merchandise Surges to Sale on EbayThere's a Run on Silicon Valley Bank Swag by Wall Street Journal (Alyssa Lukpat and Caitlin Ostroff)Sign up to receive The Briefing in your inbox every weekday morning.Follow Dr. Mohler:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeFor more information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to sbts.edu.For more information on Boyce College, just go to BoyceCollege.com.To write Dr. Mohler or submit a question for The Mailbox, go here.
Is your heart too crowded? This weekend Pastor Devin Gough continued our TIL KINGDOM COME series with a message about Jesus' Parable of the Sower.Matthew 13:22The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.It's possible for our hearts to have loves that compete with a love for God and His Word. Jesus says there are two main ways that the seed of God's Word can get choked out and become unfruitful in our lives.1) THE CARES OF THE WORLDWorry and anxiety are rivals to a trust in God's promises in our lives. Do we create space in our hearts for them?"Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.”Vance HavnerIf we want to allow God's Word to bear fruit in our lives, we have to remember that, “There is nothing that can happen today that the Lord and I can't handle.”2) THE DECEITFULNESS OF RICHESWealth is deceptive. It promises security and joy, but it never delivers. Matthew 6:33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.God never promises to give us tomorrow's provision today. But we can trust that he will take care of our every need today!
Grace Chapel Podcast | Leiper’s Fork, TN
This morning we had the privilege of being taught by Bill Spencer, the Executive Director of the Narrow Gate Foundation, on the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25. Bill has a special way of breaking stories down, putting them into the full context of Scripture, and helping us gain so much understanding.
The Gospel According to Luke: Encountering the Real Jesus Pastor Anson McMahon
Teaching NotesKingdom StoriesLuke 15 and 16 Jesus gives us several parables. He tells these little stories that describe a system of values in his kingdom. Every kingdom has its treasure. And it's the king who determines what is done with that treasure. The character of the kingdom reflects the character of the king. The Parable of the Shrewd Manager Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg—I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'“So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?'“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied.“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.'“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?'“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied.“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.Luke 16:1-8There are three unhappy groups of people here:We have the owner. We have the manager. We have debtors.After the manager utilizes his financial resources to benefit the debtors there is a transformation in these three groups of people. We now have a happy owner, a happy manager, and happy debtors.Everyone is happy because the manager served the owner and debtors over himself.A Shift in Metaphor This parable tells us something about the dynamic in the Kingdom of God. As Kingdom managers, we have been given responsibilities, resources and opportunities. We will look at these things as possessions and perspective.Possessions and Perspective:You possess a heart. Love is the heart of the Kingdom. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 You possess responsibility. The resources are not yours. You possess temporary treasure. We exchange temporary treasure for kingdom treasure. People are the treasure of King Jesus. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8Why do we do this? We do it out of love for the king who gave everything for us “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 There's a lot of freedom when you realize you aren't the king. Freedom from the fear of failure. Freedom from slavery to the stuff of life. Freedom to live abundantly in the God's kingdom. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”Matthew 6:33“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 To do something “in the name of the Lord Jesus” means we do things in submission to and in alignment with his priorities and character.In other words, We do it the way he would do it were he in our place You have a choice to make today. Are you going to run the business your way or His way? SetlistWFC Lenexa + WFC AnywhereThe Lion and The Lamb-LeelandThe Cross of Christ- The Collective KCHe's Able- Deitrick HaddonI Surrender All- Phil WickhamWFC SpeedwayGraves Into Gardens- Elevation WorshipGoodness Of God- Bethel MusicGratitude- Brandon LakeNo Longer Slaves- Bethel MusicBe sure to save our Spotify Worship Playlist, updated weekly with the upcoming Sunday's set!
In this episode Josh and Kerry explore why the Savior taught in parables, and how to gain from them. As an example they discuss the Parable of the Soils and how we can learn from that about how to become someone who gains what God would have us gain from His Son's teachings.We are grateful for our sponsor, Lisa Spice, and for Alexia Muhlestein, who edited this video, and for Rich Nicholls, who composed and plays the music for the podcast.
Pivot Podcast with Jenny Blake
Joy and frustration can be equally motivating. Sometimes joy pulls our focus like a magnet to where it needs to be. On the other hand, sometimes being grumpy and frustrated is a sign we need to pivot in another direction. They both help us understand what roles or activities, or ideas we need to say no to to make sure we have enough space for what we want to say yes to. Today, I'm joined by recurring guest host Adrian Klaphaak, who is just returning from a two-month parental leave after welcoming his second child into the world. We're talking about preparing for, and returning from, time off; the challenges of parenting while running a business; and working toward sustainable joy and focus amidst it all. Are you working on a Pivot-in-progress? For guidance on reconnecting with what lights you up and creating an action plan to move forward, check out Adrian's flagship Career Pathfinder Program and apply promo code PIVOT at checkout. More about Adrian: Adrian Klaphaak is a coach, purpose guide, entrepreneur, therapist, and founder of A Path That Fits Career and Life Coaching. His coaching approach is holistic—a constant balance between getting results and a quest for meaning and fulfillment. He describes himself as “a deep seeker with a constant itch to make things happen.”
West Huntsville church Of Christ
West Huntsville church Of Christ
West Huntsville church Of Christ
A verse-by-verse study of Matthew 13, and Luke 8 and 13 (this part will cover the Parable of the Sower). This lesson focuses on teaching through parables, ears to hear, wayside soil, stony ground, thorny ground, good soil, satan's strategies, God as the Gardener, the seed growing secretly, prophecies of the Gathering, the Wheat & Tares, the Mustard Seed, the Leaven, the Treasure, the Pearl of Great Price, the Gospel Net, the Householder, the Barren Fig Tree, and more. 0:00 Introduction 9:22 The Parable of the Sower 12:50 Those with Ears to Hear 18:59 Why Parables 36:15 Explaining the Parable 44:43 Wayside Soil 49:03 Stony Ground 1:03:52 Thorny Ground 1:09:31 Good Ground 1:16:29 Satan's Strategies 1:28:06 God as the Gardener 1:38:52 Alma 32 1:46:57 The Seed Growing in Secret 1:51:18 Prophecies of the Gathering 2:03:42 The Wheat & Tares 2:10:53 Gathering Out the Wheat 2:21:44 The Mustard Seed 2:31:37 The Leaven 2:36:31 Explaining the Wheat & Tares 2:44:41 The Treasure & the Pearl 2:52:45 The Parable of the Gospel Net 2:57:55 The Householder 3:04:57 Suffering and Sin 3:10:28 The Barren Fig Tree 3:13:34 Healing the Crippled Woman 3:20:05 Misunderstanding the Sabbath 3:24:20 Who Will Be Saved 3:30:29 Jesus' Three Days 3:34:48 Conclusion
West Huntsville church Of Christ
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.” Luke 18:9–10This Scripture passage introduces the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. They both go to the Temple to pray, but their prayers are very different from each other. The prayer of the Pharisee is very dishonest, whereas the prayer of the tax collector is exceptionally sincere and honest. Jesus concludes by saying that the tax collector went home justified but not the Pharisee. He states, “...for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”True humility is simply being honest. Too often in life we are not honest with ourselves and, therefore, are not honest with God. Thus, for our prayer to be true prayer, it must be honest and humble. And the humble truth for all of our lives is best expressed by the prayer of the tax collector who prayed, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”How easy is it for you to admit your sin? When we understand the mercy of God, this humility is much easier. God is not a God of harshness but is a God of the utmost mercy. When we understand that God's deepest desire is to forgive us and to reconcile us to Himself, then we will deeply desire honest humility before Him.Lent is an important time for us to deeply examine our conscience and make new resolutions for the future. Doing so will bring new freedom and grace into our lives. So do not be afraid to honestly examine your conscience so as to see your sin clearly in the way God sees it. Doing so will put you in a position to pray this prayer of the tax collector: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”Reflect, today, upon your sin. What do you struggle with the most right now? Are there sins from your past that you have never confessed? Are there ongoing sins that you justify, ignore and are afraid to face? Take courage and know that honest humility is the road to freedom and the only way to experience justification before God. My merciful Lord, I thank You for loving me with a perfect love. I thank You for Your incredible depth of mercy. Help me to see all of my sin and to turn to You with honesty and humility so that I can be freed of these burdens and become justified in Your sight. Jesus, I trust in You. Source of content: www.divinemercy.lifeCopyright © 2023 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
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What if today was the day you met Jesus face-to-face? Imagine with me for a moment, what that encounter might be like. Last year, someone told me what they imagined that meeting with Jesus would go like & it went a little something like this. They imagined sitting at a table with Jesus & seeing Him push a piece of paper across the table. On that piece of paper was every single thing they were supposed to do with their life according to the Lord's will. All the blessings God had for them. All of the amazing milestones He was going to help them achieve. All of it was listed on this paper. & then they imagined that Jesus brought someone into the room who surprisingly looked a lot like them! All of a sudden they realized, they were staring face-to-face into the person they were supposed to become. The person God has created them to be. & the question was: Did they steward their time on Earth & become the person God had created to be? Or did they not? Inside today's episode, we're studying the Parable of The Talents & asking ourselves the hard question (without shame or judgement): If I were to meet Jesus face-to-face today & give an account of my time here on earth, would I have fulfilled my God-Given potential? Grab your Bibles, friend & press play on this episode! It's a good one
Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast featuring Hank Smith & John Bytheway
How can riches deceive us? Dr. Daniel Becerra explores the Parable of the Wheat and Tares and examines the themes of the Kingdom of Heaven in Luke and Matthew. Dr. Becerra also examines the role of Jesus's family and women in his discipleship.00:00 Part 1–Dr. Daniel Becerra00:51 Introduction of Dr. Daniel Becerra02:36 Parables in Luke 8 and maternal imagery in Luke 1303:58 Kingdom of Heaven05:13 Jesus and his family 06:24 Women and Jesus's ministry07:56 Jesus actually spoke in parables and names vary09:30 Parables and parabolas11:15 Why parables?13:20 Four Keys 17:10 Mustard Seed and Parable of Leaven21:22 Parable of the Net and Parable of the Wheat and Tares32:10 Spiritual sprinters33:46 Opposition in gardening and life36:28 Worldliness and worry40:40 Evidence money doesn't solve all our problems41:50 Be Happy: Simple Secrets to a Happier Life by Hank Smith43:19 How do riches deceive us?44:52 Good ground and good fruit50:11 Jesus encourages followers to listen52:59 Parable of the Treasures54:56 End of Part I- Dr. Daniel BecerraShow Notes (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese): https://followhim.coFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/followhimpodcastInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/followhimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FollowHimOfficialChannelThanks to the followHIM team:Shannon Sorensen: Executive Producer, SponsorDavid & Verla Sorensen: SponsorsDr. Hank Smith: Co-hostJohn Bytheway: Co-hostDavid Perry: ProducerKyle Nelson: Marketing, SponsorLisa Spice: Client Relations, Editor, Show NotesJamie Neilson: Social Media, Graphic DesignWill Stoughton: Video EditorKrystal Roberts: Translation Team, English & French Transcripts, WebsiteAriel Cuadra: Spanish Transcripts"Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise" by Marshall McDonaldhttps://www.marshallmcdonaldmusic.com/products/let-zion-in-her-beauty-rise-piano
Join Pastor Mike and Pastor Trevor as we discuss the weekly message and material from our series, "The Kingdom is Like..." To find other helpful resources, visit smccutah.org/resources. You can also find the SMCC Messages podcast by visiting smccutah.org/podcast. If you'd like to submit a question, please email us at email@example.com.
Luke 15:11-32 | March 12, 2023 | Pastor Leo Bilyk Pastor Leo Bilyk is teaching on Luke 15:11-32 as part of a sermon series on The Gospel Of Luke. We hope you are blessed and equipped by today's message. To find out more about Shorebreak Church or to partner financially, visit www.shorebreakchurch.com To share your story or ask questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Mahalo for listening!
Shoreline City Leadership Talks
Join us for another week of our leadership series on John Maxwell's "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." Today, Krystal Rivera shares several truths on the importance of sacrifice. We're reminded about the difference between sacrifice and settling. We are not called to the latter.In Matthew 25, we read about the Parable of the Talents. Two of the servants sacrificed and grew their master's resources - one of the servants settled, buried the money, and failed to see a return on it. When it comes to growing our leadership, there is always a cost. There is a healthy way to sacrifice. Listen to the five things that we must give up so we can go up!
The Apocalyptic Gospel Podcast
In this episode, we examine Jesus' parable of the sower found in Matthew 13:3-9. We begin by reviewing popular contemporary interpretations of the parables. As a feature particularly important to all of them, we delve into the Jewish tradition of using agricultural metaphors in communication, with a focus on second-temple literature's emphasis on the sowing and reaping motif in discipleship. Within that historical context, we explore how this understanding provides deeper insight into the parable of the sower. Show notes How the parable of the sower is typically read within Christian circles (6:37) The agricultural metaphor in the Tanakh - Psalm 37:1-2; Psalm 72:16-17; Psalm 90:3-6; Psalm 92:6-8; Psalm 103:13-16; Isaiah 5:21-24; Isaiah 40:6-9; Isaiah 51:11-13; Ezekiel 17:1-10; Malachi 2:17, 3:1-4,16 (15:51) The agricultural metaphor in Jewish apocalyptic literature - 4 Ezra 4:26-32; 4 Ezra 8:38-45; 4 Ezra 9:26-37 (33:27) How the parable ought to be understood - Matthew 13:18-23; Daniel 2; Berakhot 55a; Avot 5:2 (44:38)
“Through the CROSS, we are forgiven so thoroughly it is as if WE HAVE NEVER SINNED…!” - Tim Dilena The message for this week is entitled "The Cross Took it All" and focuses on Luke 15 where Jesus tells the Parable of the Lost Son in response to the Pharisees response to Him eating with "sinners". Through this parable we come to understand how God is always watching for His prodigals to return to Him and be welcomed with open arms and complete forgiveness. This message was spoken at Woodlake Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, March 5th, 2023 by Pastor Jamie Austin. You can check out the notes for this message by clicking on this link: https://www.bible.com/events/49040493 If you have any questions or comments, please email us at SermonQA@Woodlake.church and we will be happy to help you find the answers you're looking for. Be sure to check back for more episodes! https://www.woodlake.church/
The battle between pride and humility is a real one in every Christian's life. In this episode, Pastor Snook preaches from Luke 18 and the parable about the pharisee and the tax collector.
Old Testament: Numbers 12–13 Numbers 12–13 (Listen) Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses 12 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. 3 Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. 4 And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. 5 And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. 6 And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. 7 Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed. 10 When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous,1 like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us2 because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12 Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother's womb.” 13 And Moses cried to the LORD, “O God, please heal her—please.” 14 But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” 15 So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 16 After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran. Spies Sent into Canaan 13 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.” 3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel. 4 And these were their names: From the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur; 5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; 7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph; 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; 9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu; 10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi; 11 from the tribe of Joseph (that is, from the tribe of Manasseh), Gaddi the son of Susi; 12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli; 13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael; 14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi; 15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. 16 These were the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua. 17 Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan and said to them, “Go up into the Negeb and go up into the hill country, 18 and see what the land is, and whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many, 19 and whether the land that they dwell in is good or bad, and whether the cities that they dwell in are camps or strongholds, 20 and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes. 21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22 They went up into the Negeb and came to Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came to the Valley of Eshcol and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they also brought some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol,3 because of the cluster that the people of Israel cut down from there. Report of the Spies 25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.” 30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” Footnotes  12:10 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13  12:11 Hebrew do not lay sin upon us  13:24 Eshcol means cluster (ESV) New Testament: Luke 8:4–21 Luke 8:4–21 (Listen) The Parable of the Sower 4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The Purpose of the Parables 9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. A Lamp Under a Jar 16 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” Jesus' Mother and Brothers 19 Then his mother and his brothers1 came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21 But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Footnotes  8:19 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 20, 21 (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 68:19–35 Psalm 68:19–35 (Listen) 19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah20 Our God is a God of salvation, and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.21 But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.22 The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,23 that you may strike your feet in their blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.” 24 Your procession is1 seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—25 the singers in front, the musicians last, between them virgins playing tambourines:26 “Bless God in the great congregation, the LORD, O you2 who are of Israel's fountain!”27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 28 Summon your power, O God,3 the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you.30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war.431 Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. 32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.34 Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies.35 Awesome is God from his5 sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! Footnotes  68:24 Or has been  68:26 The Hebrew for you is plural here  68:28 By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew Your God has summoned your power  68:30 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain  68:35 Septuagint; Hebrew your (ESV) Proverb: Proverbs 12:2–3 Proverbs 12:2–3 (Listen) 2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.3 No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. (ESV)
On this week's episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing: Bookish Moments: a deliciously beautiful book subscription and some middle-marriage mayhem Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we've been reading lately Deep Dive: we are trying a new Boss My TBR Segment! The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you'd like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don't scroll down! We are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). The goal here is to increase accessibility for our fans! *Please note that all book titles linked below are Bookshop affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. If you'd prefer to shop on Amazon, you can still do so here through our main storefront. Anything you buy there (even your laundry detergent, if you recently got obsessed with switching up your laundry game) kicks a small amount back to us. Thanks for your support!* . . . . 2:19 - Currently Reading Patreon 3:44 - Bookish Moment of the Week 4:01 - Fairy Loot Book Only Box Adult and YA 4:21 - Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim 5:04 - Scythe Series Three Book Set by Neal Shusterman 5:25 - Cinder by Marissa Meyer 9:43 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 10:31 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck 11:16 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas 11:18 - Current Reads 11:29 - Laura Tremaine 11:38 - Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (Kaytee) 14:00 - Jason's Birthday Carrot Cake Recipe 14:05 - Sour Cream Apology Cake Recipe 14:45 - Black Cake Recipe 15:41 - Aurora by David Koepp (Meredith) 20:45 - Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (Kaytee) 20:54 - The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood 20:56 - S4E21 Our Top Ten Books 24:47 - Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes (Meredith) 24:51 - A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes 27:00 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 32:39 - For Every One by Jason Reynolds (Kaytee) 35:43 - All That is Mine I Carry With Me by William Landay (Meredith) 37:44 - Defending Jacob by William Landay 39:19 - The Local by Joey Hartstone 39:32 - Elizabeth Robinson Barnhill Meredith's co-host for All Things Murderful (patron content) 40:10 - Deep Dive: Boss My TBR #1 40:18 - S3E6 Are You Book Bossy? We Are! 41:35 - Kiara's Books: 41:46 - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 41:54 - Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo 41:57 - Light from Uncommon Stars by Rya Aoki 42:01 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 42:04 - The Change by Kirsten Miller 44:17 - The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb 47:32 - Shawnna's Books: 47:40 - 11/22/63 by Steven King 47:42 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 47:44 - Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler 47:46 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow 47:49 - The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer 50:31 - Meet Us At The Fountain 50:39 - I wish everyone would follow goodreads_reviews on IG (Kaytee) 51:04 - Anne of Green Gables by LMM Montgomery 51:10 - All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox 51:29 - Lobinzona by Romina Garber 51:56 - I wish The Treehouse Series starting with The 13 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffith for MG would be more widely read (Meredith) Connect With Us: Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram Roxanna is @roxannatheplanner on Instagram currentlyreadingpodcast.com @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram email@example.com Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast and www.zazzle.com/store/currentlyreading
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I can hear it now, "Call J.G Wentworth 877-CASH-NOW!" Sung in an opera style commercial... (We are not sponsored by J.G Wentworth...or anyone else...) We all remember those catchy jingles or one liners from a commercial that stick with us forever. Perhaps, the most recognizable of these commercials are the lawyer ads. Lawyers existed in the biblical times as well, and in todays parable we get a glimpse at one of Jesus' interactions with a lawyer. Join Matt, Jonathan, and Lauren as they discuss The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10: 29-37
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As of a few months ago, there were $5 trillion sitting in the bank accounts of American citizens. And as Bronson Hill explains in this episode, that is the last place you want your money to be sitting. Because the American economy is upheld by consumer spending, the government has reason to keep people in the dark about inflation levels, but this episode sheds light on what is really going on behind the scenes. Bronson leads Bronson Equity, hosts the Mailbox Money Show, is a coach at Kingdom REI, and the author of How To Use Inflation To Your Advantage, so it's safe to say he knows what he is talking about when it comes to investing during times like these. Tune in today to hear why now is the time to get your money out of your bank account and start making smart investment decisions!Key Points From This Episode:The consequences of inflation.Two advantages of taking out debt.How the COVID-19 pandemic caused a major increase in inflation.Why you shouldn't keep all your money in your bank account, and examples of what you should be doing with it instead.The record amount of money that is sitting in American bank accounts.How the Federal Reserve plans to deal with inflation in the coming months.Why the government doesn't want you to know how high inflation really is.How Bronson's approach to underwriting has changed in the past year.Two factors that are affecting cash flow. The current sentiment amongst investors that Bronson deals with.Bronson explains the mission of Kingdom REI.Bronson's big “why.”A brief synopsis of the Parable of Talents.Lessons that Bronson learned from some of his biggest failures.The role that Bronson's faith plays in his life.Links Mentioned in Today's Episode:Bronson EquityBronson Equity on LinkedInBronson Equity on InstagramBronson Equity on FacebookBronson Hill on LinkedInBronson Hill on YouTubeBronson Hill on InstagramFIBA Pasadena Multifamily on InstagramFIBA Pasadena Multifamily on FacebookMailbox Money ShowHow To Use Inflation To Your AdvantageKingdom REIVSVCon 2023Vertical Street Ventures VSV Academy Passive Income Through Multifamily Real Estate Facebook GroupPeter Pomeroy on LinkedInPeter Pomeroy Email
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21–22Forgiveness of another is difficult. It's much easier to remain angry. This line quoted above is the introduction to the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. In that parable, Jesus makes it clear that if we want to receive forgiveness from God, then we must forgive others. If we withhold forgiveness, we can be certain that God will withhold it from us.Peter may have thought that he was being quite generous in his question to Jesus. Clearly Peter had been considering Jesus' teachings about forgiveness and was ready to take the next step of offering that forgiveness freely. But Jesus' answer to Peter makes it clear that Peter's concept of forgiveness greatly paled in comparison to the forgiveness demanded by our Lord.The parable that Jesus then tells presents us with a man who was forgiven a huge debt. Subsequently, when that man encountered a person who owed him a small debt, he failed to offer the same forgiveness that was given to him. As a result, the master of that man who was forgiven the huge debt becomes outraged and requires once again a full payment of the debt. And then Jesus ends the parable with a shocking statement. He says, “Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”Note that the forgiveness God expects us to offer others is one that comes from the heart. And note that a lack of forgiveness on our part will result in us being handed “over to the torturers.” These are serious words. By “torturers,” we should understand that the sin of not forgiving another brings with it much interior pain. When we hold on to anger, this act “tortures” us in a certain way. Sin always has this effect upon us, and it is for our good. It's a way in which God constantly challenges us to change. Thus, the only way to freedom from this interior form of torture by our sin is to overcome that sin, and in this case, to overcome the sin of withholding forgiveness.Reflect, today, upon the calling God has given to you to forgive to the fullest extent. If you still sense anger in your heart toward another, keep working at it. Forgive over and over. Pray for that person. Refrain from judging them or condemning them. Forgive, forgive, forgive, and God's abundant mercy will also be given to you.My forgiving Lord, I thank You for the unfathomable depths of Your mercy. I thank You for Your willingness to forgive me over and over again. Please give me a heart worthy of that forgiveness by helping me to forgive all people to the same extent that You have forgiven me. I forgive all who have sinned against me, dear Lord. Help me to continue to do so from the depths of my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2023 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
This week BibleWorm reads Matthew 25:1–13, the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids who go out to meet the bridegroom but fall asleep when he is delayed. The five wise bridesmaids have enough oil to make it to the wedding, but the five foolish ones neglect to bring extra oil and so are shut outside. Once again, this parable warns us that the kingdom of heaven will be delayed and then come all at once, so we must always be prepared. We wrestle with the individuality of this parable. Why can't the five prepared bridesmaids just share their lamps with the unprepared ones? But ultimately we conclude that there are just some things we have to do for ourselves—and keeping oil in our metaphorical lamps is one of them. Like it or not, no one can live a righteous life for us. It's up to us to be prepared.
Forgiveness is one of Jesus' most difficult teachings. In fact, it's so difficult that Jesus uses a parable to help people understand exactly what He means when He says to forgive. Today, we look at Matthew 18 and the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. God calls us to forgive as we have been forgiven in Christ. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ferncreekcc/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ferncreekcc/support
Sermon by Pastor Janice Shepard
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Saturday of the Second Week of Lent, Year A. Parable of the Prodigal son. Preached to the girls confirmation retreat
In this episode, Pastor Joseph discusses the parable of sowing seeds. As we spread the gospel, it is important for us and the new believer to stay rooted in His Word, keeping us grounded in the solid soil.
Elder Brian Tressler brings us a message from Luke 15:11-32, the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
What does it mean to live in the Kingdom of God in the present hour? While Jesus announces that the Kingdom of God has indeed come, in the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30) and the Parable of the Net (Matthew 13:47-50) Jesus teaches us that the current realization, while complete, is tempered by the presence of evil in the world.
Forest Community Church Sermons
Message - Pastor Paul I. Kim "Sermon on the Lake series: “Parables of the Kingdom” IV “Parable of Mustard Seed & Yeast: From Small to Super-Large” Matthew 13:31-35
Jay and Jon talk about the women supporting Jesus' ministry and about several parables, including the Parable of the Sower, the Mustard Seed, the Fig Tree and more
Matthew 22: 1-14
“Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.” Luke 15:22–24This was the reaction of the faithful son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Recall that after squandering his inheritance, the Prodigal Son returns home humiliated and poor, asking his father if he will take him back and treat him as if he were a hired hand. But the father surprises him and throws a huge party for the son to celebrate his return. But the father's other son, the one who remained with him throughout the years, would not join in the celebration.Was it fair that the father killed the fatted calf and threw this large party to celebrate his wayward son's return? Was it fair that that same father apparently never even gave his faithful son a young goat to feast on with his friends? The right answer is that this is the wrong question.It's easy for us to live in such a way that we always want things to be “fair.” And when we perceive that another receives more than us, we can get angry and bitter. But asking whether or not this is fair is not the right question. When it comes to the mercy of God, God's generosity and goodness far exceed what is perceived as fair. And if we are to share in the abundant mercy of God, we too must learn to rejoice in His superabundant mercy.In this story, the act of mercy given to his wayward son was exactly what that son needed. He needed to know that no matter what he had done in the past, his father loved him and rejoiced in his return. Therefore, this son needed an abundance of mercy, partly to reassure him of his father's love. He needed this extra consolation so as to become convinced that he made the right choice in returning. The other son, the one who had remained faithful throughout the years, was not treated unfairly. Rather, his discontent came from the fact that he himself lacked the same abundant mercy present in the heart of his father. He failed to love his brother to the same extent and, therefore, failed to see the need to offer this consolation to his brother as a way of helping him understand he was forgiven and welcomed back. Mercy is very demanding and far exceeds what we may at first perceive as rational and just. But if we desire to receive mercy in abundance, we must be ready and willing to offer it to those who need it the most.Reflect, today, upon how merciful and generous you are willing to be, especially toward those who do not appear to deserve it. Remind yourself that the life of grace is not about being fair; it's about being generous to a shocking extent. Commit yourself to this depth of generosity toward all and look for ways that you can console another's heart with the mercy of God. If you do, that generous love will also bless your heart in abundance. My most generous Lord, You are compassionate beyond what I can fathom. Your mercy and goodness far exceed what any of us deserve. Help me to be eternally grateful for Your goodness and help me to offer that same depth of mercy to those in most need. Jesus, I trust in You. Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2023 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
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This is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.Part I (00:13 - 15:16) Moral Clarity in a Morally Confused Age: Alex Murdaugh Sentenced to Life in PrisonPart II (15:16 - 22:54) Join Us On the Way of the Dodo: Episcopalian Priest Encourages Church of England to Embrace Full LGBTQ InclusionThe Church of England can learn from Episcopalians on same-sex marriage by The Financial Times (Steven Paulikas)Part III (22:54 - 28:28) A Parable of the Transience of Human Existence: Ancient Antioch Destroyed by Turkey's EarthquakeSign up to receive The Briefing in your inbox every weekday morning.Follow Dr. Mohler:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeFor more information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to sbts.edu.For more information on Boyce College, just go to BoyceCollege.com.To write Dr. Mohler or submit a question for The Mailbox, go here.