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Parables Alive! 3. No Holding Back

Parables Alive! 3. No Holding Back Matthew 13: 44 - 46 This morning we’re going on a treasure hunt. We’re given some clues how to find this fortune by Jesus Christ Himself. Comparing hidden treasure and precious pearls to the kingdom of heaven, we’ll discover that if we truly crave the coveted grand prize, then we can’t hold anything back. As we continue in our series called, “Parables Alive,” we’re going to look at 2 very short and simple stories. The word “parable” comes from 2 words – para meaning “with” and ballo “to throw.” A parable then means to “throw things together” by using a story that illustrates a truth. The main message is this: True treasure is found only in the kingdom of Ch

Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing! James 5:13 “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” This verse describes really well what our lives should look like. It gives us two extremes: on the one hand, when you’re really in a bind and suffering – pray. On the other hand, when things are going to well and you have so much going for you right now that your smile might split your face – praise God, tell Him about it! So whether you are in mud, or on the mountaintop, you should be speaking to God about it! Talking to God should be the marking characteristic of Christians. Jesus said He’d be with us always, even to the end of the age, which means that He’s always avail

Parables Alive! 2. Father's Day - Immediate Obedience

Parables Alive! 2. Fathers’ Day - Immediate Obedience Matthew 21: 28 - 32 One morning, the pastor brought up a smoke detector and asked the children if anyone knew what it meant when the alarm went off. A boy immediately raised his hand and said, “It means Daddy’s cooking dinner.” Dads are often dissed, aren’t they? I already struggle to be a good father and I certainly don’t want someone like Homer Simpson to be my hero because he’s depicted as out-of-touch, his parenting skills leave a lot to be desired, and his children talk back to him all the time. His boy Bart makes it loud and clear that he doesn’t need to listen to his dad. Dads are not only dissed, they’re often disrespected as well

Parables Alive! 1. Knowing My Neighbour

Parables Alive! 1. Knowing My Neighbour Luke 10: 25 - 37 The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus but it’s not always correctly understood. Boy came home from Sunday School after learning about the Good Samaritan. He told his mother the story. He had the facts straight and the people in their right roles. When his mom asked, “What’s the purpose of the parable?” her son replied, “It means that when we’re in trouble, others should come to help us!” Not exactly. The popularity of this parable in some ways works against it. It’s so well known that we think we know everything without knowing that we might not really know it. You know what I mean? It’

In His Image

In His Image Key Text: Genesis 1:26-27 Intro: So I have to say that I find it an interesting time to be alive. There seems to be a massive public dialogue on some really important issues, that if we are honest with ourselves needs to be addressed. The problem is being honest with ourselves hurts. It’s painful to look deeply into the mirror and see yourself as you really are. Not as you hope to be but as a broken person in need of the love of Jesus. I feel lucky to be alive in South Africa at the moment because I am forced to deal with things here that simply are not being addressed in other parts of the world. Before we get into what I want to address this morning, I have to tell you where I

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