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...
There are certain questions that everyone, no matter what your faith affiliation, wants to know about. One of those questions has to do with our direction in the afterlife. What kind of a destiny might be waiting for us? Does what we do in this short life dictate what will happen forever? There are many denominations of Christians and there are along with those, many interpretations regarding the answers to these questions. What did Jesus teach us about our destiny after we die? Stay with us as we look into some of Jesus’ teachings on this all important matter of life!
No matter who we are and no matter what it is we may believe in, we always have some kind of foundation that our beliefs are built upon. Sometimes that foundation is weak and sometimes it is very strong. Just because you are a follower of Christ doesn’t automatically mean that your foundation is solid. How do I know that? Jesus himself taught a lesson on this very point and it is this very point that we are going to discuss. Stay with us as we look into the parable of the wise and foolish builders and try to determine just what makes a solid foundation for a follower of Christ to build a life upon!
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.