In this well known parable we discover that our hearing is vital. We are told, ‘Take care how you hear.’ How we hear determines our eternity. It also determines if we bear fruit. This fruit in turn should be seen by others who might themselves turn and praise God, meaning our hearing has a bearing […]
A.W.Tozer said, ‘What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.’ Who is Jesus to you? Is he a stumbling block to you? Will you reject him and be crushed by him in judgement or is he your saviour? Or perhaps you think he is absent, leaving […]
It was the famous missionary C.T. Studd who said, ‘One life to life it soon will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last.’ Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost. He has gone away for a while and has left us here for however long he gives us to continue his […]
The parable presents us with an Exceptional Invitation, but also says there are Exclusions and those who make Excuses. As a truly terrible dinner guest, Jesus contrasts the earthly banquet he attends with the Pharisees to the heavenly banquet. Many who believed they would be honoured will not. Many who also believe they would be […]
While the dishonest manager secured his short term future by the use of wealth, so too Jesus challenges us to use our wealth for the eternal future of ourselves and others. We have to ask ourselves if our wealth will be an idol or an instrument.
Here we examine the Character of the Judge, the Character of the Widow, the Character of God and the Character of Prayer. This parable gives us a character by contrast. On one hand an unjust, uncaring judge who eventually and reluctantly gives justice – is compared to a loving heavenly father who loves to give […]
In this parable, we see the prodigal planner and the party pooper. As the younger son returns with his pre-prepared plan to be a hired servant and hopefully work his way back into his father’s favour, the father contradicts his plan as he welcomes him and reinstates him into the family. It is such a […]
This parable reveals to us a Stifled Son who Spends and the Forgiving Father who offers Freedom. The dictionary defines the word prodigal as meaning…Wasteful or recklessly extravagant: lavish or lavishly abundant. In understanding the word we can see how the younger son in seeking freedom lived prodigally. But we also see that the Father, […]