For many religions, prayer is a mainstay and a staple of ritual and lifestyle. Whatever the religion, prayer is a lifeline to a higher power, a calming factor in individual experiences and a connector to others who share the same faith. Prayer can and should permeate the life of a Christian. So, if this is the case, then the question is, do we know how we should be praying, why we should be praying and for what we should be praying? Stay with us as we explore some of the many teachings on prayer from Jesus!
Sometimes change is in order. Sometimes it becomes evident that the path we are currently following is not leading us in the best direction and a decision is required to alter not only our direction, but our thinking as well. This is what we are faced with when we profess Christianity. This profession requires us to observe, perceive and follow through on a different life. So, are you ready for that?
Jesus taught us about a lot of things in a lot of different ways, but it seems as though his favorite method was to teach in parables. In the parables of the Pounds and Talents, Jesus is either teaching us that he wants to give us money – or – he is teaching us a sober lesson about our responsibilities to him throughout the period of the Gospel age. Which is it? It is unequivocally a lesson in responsibility – yours and mine to him – let’s figure it out!
Jesus was a master story teller. He knew how to keep people’s attention while teaching important and difficult things by using very commonplace subjects like farming, fishing, servants and weddings. Most of the time the majority of his audience did not fully understand his lessons, and Jesus actually wanted it that way. On this program we will look at the parable of the sheep and the goats and see who Jesus is talking about and what time period he is talking about. Are sheep good and goats bad?
Christianity today is utterly splintered. With 2,000 or more denominations and lots of free thinking, some brands of Christianity are not even recognizable to others. Why would this be? Is there only one true brand of Christianity? If so, then why would God have permitted the unified body of Christian followers to be exposed to such contradictory and divisive corruptions of true Christianity?
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is probably one of the best known of Jesus’ teachings. It touches the heart because of its very practical and dramatic lessons of humility and forgiveness in action. As we look into the story we want to look inward as well. Are we, or have we ever been, prodigal sons? If so, have we come all the way back? And what about the other part of the story – the part we almost never talk about..? Stay with us as we journey through some life changing events!
Every Bible-believing Christian believes that they are building their life on the sure foundation of Christ. Jesus spoke about it – no, actually he warned about having such a belief without truly having the right foundation. He warned about the regret that would be experienced upon realizing that one’s proposed Christianity was in fact only a pretense. The good news is that Jesus, along with his warning, provided all that we need to know about truly building on the right foundation. So...what do we need to know? Stay with us and let’s find out!
As a Christian, we look at Jesus not only as our Lord and Savior, not only as the Ransom given for the sins of the world, but as a great teacher as well. One can spend a lifetime learning from him. One of the unique aspects of Jesus’ teaching is the fact that he taught in parables – stories – lots of stories. Stay with us as we will look at one of those stories and see some remarkably clear lessons about life and the challenges of following Christ.
Sometimes you read a scripture and it makes you do a double-take, because it simply does not make sense. It then ought to become our responsibility to figure it out – to try and understand what the real message is. Such is the case with our theme text from Jesus’ parable of the unjust steward. Jesus seems to say ‘make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth, so you can have it easy later.’ It sounds like Jesus is throwing integrity out the window along with honesty and accountability and replacing them with a situational ethics "it’s all about me" approach. Could this be? Stay with us as we look into this parable, its context, its meaning, and its lessons for us.
Do you know who your neighbors are? I am not necessarily asking about the people who live to your left or right, but am more readily referring to the people who live around you – all around you – the people you work with, the people you shop with, the people you go to the gym with, the people you go to church with, the people you pass on the street or in the parking lot – those people - you know, the people you notice and the people you don’t notice. Are they your neighbors? Do you owe them anything – or do they owe you anything? We want to talk about the relationship between being a neighbor, being a Good Samaritan and being a human being. Stay with us as we look into this somewhat well-known parable of Jesus with some striking and perhaps not so well known details! Who is my neighbor? Let’s see if we can find out...