I DARE YOU: To Use What You Have

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Welcome back to our ongoing series, I DARE YOU. This is our look at the unique parables of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels found in the New Testament. Once a week, we will examine one of Christ’s stories and let his challenge to his first-century audience speak to us now and provoke us to live in the Kingdom of God better, more fully, more wholeheartedly. We see these parables as dares to step outside of the norm of the world and enter into what God has for us. We hope that you will be likewise challenged and that you will take the dare to live a more Christlike, Kingdom of God-focused life.

This is another one of those parables that are popular. One of the few that quickly come to mind when someone says the “parable”. But just because it is popular, just because you and I have heard it before, it doesn’t mean that we have heard everything before.

Even in this story of Jesus’, there is a challenge, a dare, for believers to rise to. A sacred calling that we must hear in the middle of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Continue reading “I DARE YOU: To Use What You Have”

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The Gospel According To 1 Samuel

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Welcome back to our ongoing series about the gospel of each book of the Bible. Our premise is a simple one—what if there was only one book from the Holy Bible, as our sole source of divine Scriptures? What would this one book teach us? What Gospel would we find there?

In this way, we not only find out that all the books in the Bible are useful for edifying and equipping, but we also see the consistent story that is found throughout all Scripture. We see that the Bible is a coherent story of God’s love for us, throughout the different eras, different authors, and different genres of writings.

Technically this is the first of two books called Samuel. So the chances of us only having the one for a whole Bible is pushing the thought experiment a little far, but, that doesn’t make it invalid.

It is quite surprising what one-half of the Samuel books can tell us about God, who he is, and what role he wants to play in our lives.

Let’s see what the Gospel According to First Samuel might look like.

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I DARE YOU: To Realize and React

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Welcome back to our ongoing series, I DARE YOU. This is our look at the unique parables of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels found in the New Testament. Once a week, we will examine one of Christ’s stories and let his challenge to his first-century audience speak to us now and provoke us to live in the Kingdom of God better, more fully, more wholeheartedly. We see these parables as dares to step outside of the norm of the world and enter into what God has for us. We hope that you will be likewise challenged and that you will take the dare to live a more Christlike, Kingdom of God-focused life.

This may not strike you as a parable. It doesn’t have the traditional opening and closing of a parable. There isn’t a “There was once” or “The Kingdom of Heaven is like”. So, there may be some that wouldn’t consider this a parable.

But still, Jesus tells a story (which is what a parable is) that has the power change and reshape our lives. It is a story that you know, a story most Christians are familiar with. Try to hear what Jesus says with fresh ears. Let the familiar surprise you.

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I DARE YOU: The Parable of The Sheep and Goats

Welcome back to our ongoing series, I DARE YOU. This is our look at the unique parables of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels found in the New Testament. Once a week, we will examine one of Christ’s stories and let his challenge to his first-century audience speak to us now and provoke us to live in the Kingdom of God better, more fully, more wholeheartedly. We see these parables as dares to step outside of the norm of the world and enter into what God has for us. We hope that you will be likewise challenged and that you will take the dare to live a more Christlike, Kingdom of God-focused life.

It’s one of the most famous parables of Jesus. And maybe one of the most overlooked…

By that I mean, that we have read it so often, heard it preached so many times that we have missed some major points in this parable. Jesus says a lot in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. But have we heard them? Have we heard the “I Dare You” in this parable?

It isn’t easy to hear, nor easy to stomach, but if we are going to honest followers of Jesus, we need to have ears to hear, and hearts ready to obey.  Continue reading “I DARE YOU: The Parable of The Sheep and Goats”

I DARE YOU: The Parable of the Lost Coin

Welcome back to our ongoing series, I DARE YOU. This is our look at the unique parables of Jesus Christ from the four Gospels found in the New Testament. Once a week, we will examine one of Christ’s stories and let his challenge to his first-century audience speak to us now and provoke us to live in the Kingdom of God better, more fully, more wholeheartedly. We see these parables as dares to step outside of the norm of the world and enter into what God has for us. We hope that you will be likewise challenged and that you will take the dare to live a more Christlike, Kingdom of God-focused life.

We’ve mentioned before in this series that sometimes Jesus told parables in threes. This is the case as found in Matthew 13. There the recorded parables are the parable of the Sower or Soil, the parable of the Weeds, and the parable of the Mustard Seed.

And it is also the case in Luke 15, where we find the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son, otherwise known as the Prodigal Son. With the three parables running one into the other, Jesus is making a point through repetition. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to learn from each parable separately. We’ve look at the Lost Son and the Lost Sheep.

Now, we need to learn something from the Lost Coin. Continue reading “I DARE YOU: The Parable of the Lost Coin”

The Gospel According To Ruth

Welcome back to our ongoing series about the gospel of each book of the Bible. Our premise is a simple one—what if there was only one book from the Holy Bible, as our sole source of divine Scriptures? What would this one book teach us? What Gospel would we find there?

In this way, we not only find out that all the books in the Bible are useful for edifying and equipping, but we also see the consistent story that is found throughout all Scripture. We see that the Bible is a coherent story of God’s love for us, throughout the different eras, different authors, and different genres of writings.

With only 4 chapters to the whole book, Ruth would make for a very short Bible, if it was the only book that we had for our holy Scriptures. But in those 4 chapters there is so much truth that you would be amazed. The entire Bible story is packed into it.

Don’t believe me? Here are three powerful biblical truths that we can find in the book of Ruth. Truths that are mirrored and find their ultimate expression in the story of Jesus Christ.

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The Gospel According To Judges

Welcome back to our ongoing series about the gospel of each book of the Bible. Our premise is a simple one—what if there was only one book from the Holy Bible, as our sole source of divine Scriptures? What would this one book teach us? What Gospel would we find there?

In this way, we not only find out that all the books in the Bible are useful for edifying and equipping, but we also see the consistent story that is found throughout all Scripture. We see that the Bible is a coherent story of God’s love for us, throughout the different eras, different authors, and different genres of writings.

The book of Judges is a truly unique book. There is no main character. Previous books have focused on Moses or Joshua, but not this time. This is almost an anthology, a grabbing together of historical stories after Moses and Joshua, and before the days of kings in Israel.

Such a book gives us a unique look at Israel’s history. And as we do in this series, looking at this book as if it was alone paints a very interesting, but familiar, picture. It is a picture worth looking at and learning from.

The Gospel According to Judges points out three things that we need to remember. Three things that we see here and ultimately in Jesus. Continue reading “The Gospel According To Judges”