I can’t tell you how excited I am, both about this particular message AND the enormous encouragement that I know it will bring you as you listen!!!
In this week’s PODCAST, we break the seal on the parables. As you will hear, Jesus had quite compelling reasons for completely changing His teaching style — from preaching to the masses to huddling with the disciples; from sermons to stories; from proclamation to parables.
This particular discussion will set up our Fall, sort of a series within a series, as we will take the next several weeks to consider together each of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 13. Specifically, what they meant to the disciples to whom Jesus spoke them, and what they mean to us today.
Jesus used parables to reveal new truth never before mentioned in the Old Testament. This is brand new stuff. Stuff that relates specifically to the day in which you and I are living. Stuff that explains some of the many challenges we are facing as committed Christ-followers today.
This is a personal as it gets.
So thank you for coming along for this wild ride, and making the journey with us.
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Sadly, and quite frankly, in many ways Mary lived up to her name.
Being the mother of Jesus was no small task. One that she fulfilled with great dignity and distinction.
But boy did she face her challenges.
In this PODCAST, we will gaze upon a Scriptural snapshot of Mary unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Not only that, but we will encounter Jesus in His darkest hour, second only to that night before the crucifixion when He sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. As we do, our love for Him will deepen. Our respect for His mom will broaden. And our understanding of the both of them will stir up within our own hearts a sense of God’s presence in our lives like we’ve never experienced before.
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After preparing for this week’s PODCAST, I feel such a profound sense of compassion for Him.
Thing of it is… I knew that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day hated Him. I understood that at this point in His ministry they no longer regarded Him as an irritation to be tolerated or a troublesome teacher to be discredited. Now they saw Him as a colossal threat to be killed. I got all of that.
What I didn’t get until this week was how toxic — both to Jesus and to the precious people to whom He ministered — the religious environment in which Jesus found Himself had become. Even more significantly, the source of its toxicity. And even more significantly, what it means to our lives today.
The challenges He faced within His own religious tradition were overwhelming. So are ours. Trust me when I say that we have a sympathetic Savior who knows all about it. He’s been there, and lives to tell the tale.
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