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Issue #169

So we come to the end of our investigation of the parables of the kingdom. It has been interesting to say the least. One truth that I have been reminded again and again is that Jesus is coming back just as He has promised! Another truth that I have been reminded of is that I had best be ready and active in my service of my Lord! This is serious business! The last two parables, concerning the ten virgins and…

Issue #168

I often hear Christians say that they are looking forward to meeting the Lord in heaven and hearing the words, “Well done good and faithful servant …” Yes, I am hoping to hear those words too but sometimes I wonder whether the Lord will be pleased with how I have served Him. Too often service is done because of obligation! Too often service is done because it is considered the right thing to do and besides my friends are doing…

Issue #167

How do we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus? How can we be watchful? How can we be waiting expectantly? How can maintain faithful service over the years and decades? How can we avoid the hurdles and pitfalls of life and stay focused on walking the narrow path that leads to life? These are challenging questions to say the least. Yet God’s word answers these questions over and over again. We are currently considering what God’s kingdom looks like and…

Issue #166

I have had the greatest privilege of all to serve the Lord over the past four decades! It all started as a late teenager when I was asked to teach Sunday School at a little Methodist church at Connell’s Point. I have enjoyed almost every minute of this service! Yes, there have been some hard and difficult times but serving the Lord has brought me much joy and satisfaction. I have no idea of whether I have made any difference…

Issue #165

As I read this latest parable under our investigation today I was somewhat struck at the bluntness of it. Jesus was trying very hard to make a breakthrough with the Jewish leaders. They had positions within the temple that required leadership. They were God’s representatives to His people. Yet, sadly they had failed in their duties. Their prime responsibility was to serve the people with God’s love and assist them in learning to trust Him and know Him more. God…

Issue #164

The parable of the tenants is a powerful allegory that in many ways speaks for itself. You do not have to be a great theologian to understand its meaning. It is a clear, no nonsense hard hitting story that points the finger at the waywardness of Israel’s religious and legal leaders. However, this little allegory also has a clear and hard hitting message for people like you and me! It has a lot to do with the word ‘tenant’ and…

Issue #163

Today we start a new series of preaching and study. We are going to spend the next several weeks looking at seven parables that Jesus used to teach about God’s kingdom. The series is simply titled ‘Parables of the Kingdom’. We will use Matthew’s account of the parables to guide us in becoming better equipped to be citizens of God’s kingdom. It is important for us to gain a clear understanding of what God’s kingdom looks like and who may…