Mention oil and you probably get a reaction. In our world, oil is one of those commodities that drive our society – its price and availability can have a great impact on how we live our lives. Our subject is oil – but not in the sense that you may think. No, rather than dealing with the “crude” kind, we are going to talk about a much more refined kind – the kind you would have put in a lamp in ancient days. In Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins, oil plays a key role. So, what does it represent? How does it project our being “wise” or “foolish?”
What’s this? A parable about Jesus giving us money? What is that, you say? TWO parables about Jesus giving us money? Hmmm, how MUCH money? So, what are we supposed to do with this money? Hold up – hold on – hold the phone! That is NOT what these parables are about...not even close! They ARE about something of value and they ARE about investing. The something of value is our lives being invested in the service of Christ. So, if you are a Christian and you want to get a clear picture of what this life of yours is supposed to be about, then this program is for you. If you are NOT a Christian, then this program is for you as it will (hopefully) give you perspective on what a Christian life is supposed to look like. In any case, stick around as we discuss what it means to create value through the life of a Christian.
Outside of the parable of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son is probably the most widely known of Jesus’ parables. It is a classic story of youthful self-centeredness contrasted with fatherly wisdom, complete with a twist at the end. Now the question is, what was Jesus’ primary reason for telling this story? Who was he speaking to and why did they need to hear it? What can we learn from the Prodigal Son? Stay with us as we open up this parable and find its value, both in the days of Jesus as well as in our day.
Everybody has attitude. For some of us, it is much easier to see the attitude than for others. Take a teenager for instance – their attitude is written all over their face, their body language and their words. Well, there is good news here and there is bad news here. The good news is, we can choose our attitudes should we desire to do so. The bad news is most of us, rather than choosing, allow our “default” attitude take center stage. Jesus saw this very problem with his followers and did something about it. Stay with us as we look into attitude, Christianity and our choices to see if a true Christian should have attitude.
Just because we may be called to serve God through Jesus, it doesn’t mean that we no longer have anything to do with the world around us. On the contrary, we are widely instructed to deal fairly and generously with the world around us. The question is what does that mean? On this program we will look at one of Jesus’ parables in which his lesson is, at first glance, not very clear. Is Jesus saying to be friends with – to join forces with - “the mammon of unrighteousness” or is his lesson entirely different? Stay with us as we study the issue and try to get its proper meaning.
It has been said that anything worth keeping will stand the tests of time. We as Christians love to look at the Gospel and its history and call to mind its amazing journey and its amazing victory through the centuries. Sometimes though, we forget that the path the Gospel has trodden was surrounded with difficulty, infected with subversive acts and continually challenged with errors and greed. This program looks at how Jesus warned us of these things by way of three parables, and how the Gospel itself prepares us to combat them as well. Stay with us as we look at some parables of Jesus and their revealing lessons on finding the true Gospel. Has the Gospel had an easy road? Let’s see…
Following Jesus is not an easy task. At the very beginning of Christianity it was not easy and now, 2000 years later, it remains difficult. Jesus explained this. Much of his explanation came by way of parables – stories he told that would help his true followers understand and grasp the monumental task before them, while not making it plain to others. On this program we look at one of these parables and try and understand the import of the message. The message? Jesus is the shepherd, and we, if we are his sheep, need to learn his voice and follow only his lead. Stay with us as we ask this simple yet piercing question, ʺDo we recognize his voice?ʺ
One of the greatest challenges in life is that of dealing with people and circumstances different than our own. To understand such things, we must be willing to see as they see, think as they think, and “walk a mile in their shoes.” Christianity was and is like that. It is different and therefore requires a different approach. To truly “get it,” you must make a paradigm shift. On this program we look at how Jesus introduced, taught and lived this necessary shift, and how we can not only learn it and live it but teach it as well. Are you ready for a “paradigm shift?"