Category Archives: Parables of Jesus

When Our Goodness Becomes Badness

“Pride is so subtle that if we aren’t careful we’ll be proud of our humility,” quipped Paul W. Powell. “When this happens our goodness becomes badness. Our virtues become vices.”

It reminds me of the Bible class teacher, after having told the parable of the Pharisee and the publican, said, “Children, let’s bow our heads and thank God we are not like the Pharisee.”

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“When He Came To Himself”

“You cannot enjoy the things money can buy if you ignore the things money cannot buy.”

We have all seen the above quote reflected in the lives of many people. Some famous. Others ordinary folks. Some wealthy. Others with average means. But none more dramatic in terms of his lifestyle change than the “Prodigal Son” in Jesus’ famous parable recorded in Luke 15. Continue reading

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5 Men in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

This morning I was reading Jesus’ parable of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10.

This parable has been analyzed, allegorized, and sermonized, but not often enough actualized in our lives.

Good Samaritan has become synonymous with a charitable person who helps others, especially strangers. However, this feel-good story involves some elements that are not so nice. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Builder


Yesterday, Norma Jean and I visited the Wesley Chapel Church and heard my former summer intern Justin Lewis deliver a wonderful sermon on “The Two Builders.”

Typically when I think of a builder, I contrast it with a wrecker. Some people build up. Others tear down. Some edify. Others ruin. Some encourage. Others discourage.

However, Justin made the observation that “we’re all builders. Everyone is building something.” Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Matthew 13:44

 

The website Baseball History Daily relates an incredible story about a game played in Rhyolite, Nevada, one of the great boom towns of the early 20th Century.

It was June of 1905 and the local team was playing the team from nearby Beatty. Rhyolite’s William Griffith was playing first base when a ground ball was hit to him. Instead of an easy out, the ball struck a small stone and bounced away. While waiting for the ball to be returned by a spectator, Griffith picked up the stone to toss it off the field but noticed it had gold in it. So, he put it in his pocket. Continue reading

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