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HELLO FRIENDS: 01.08.15 – The Parables of Jesus

Hello Friends,

Last weekend we launched our 2015 PAUSE Bible Reading Plan, along with a brand new set of journals – all free for you!  If you haven’t picked them up yet, please do so when you’re able. You can also find our PAUSE Bible Reading Plan at our website:  https://wsfc.org/resources/online-devotions/.  Here is a recent entry from my PAUSE Journal…

READ: “Jesus did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”  Mark 4:34

REFLECT:  Jesus chose to speak in parables to the large crowds that gathered to hear him speak and perform miracles. This was a creative teaching style that would, in my opinion, do two things:

1. Allow for Broad Application: Varied people could apply the story to their personal lives in broad ways. The stories were general enough that the average person could say “that’s me!”

2. Call for a Clear Decision:  Speaking in parables would cause some folks to determine if they wanted to move forward in their relationship with Jesus. Some may have said “That’s too confusing. I’m outta here.” Many did just that. Others may have decided to press forward out of curiosity or conviction. That was the case with many of the disciples.

RESPOND:  As a pastor and teacher, I want to continually get better at communicating like Jesus did. He was the Master. I am his student. May I always be in the school of Jesus!

RESOLVE:  Today I will minister out of God’s will, with the Spirit’s power, and with the desire to model my life after Jesus. Bottom line:  More of Jesus!

Blessings,

John

By the way…our next teaching series and small group focus is on the Parables of Jesus. I’m calling this series “The Upside Down Kingdom.” Together we will look at a number of stories that Jesus told specifically about the Kingdom of God. I’m really looking forward to it. See you soon!

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2 Comments

  1. Tim Weiner on January 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

    For years I looked at the parable of the seeds as a gauge of whether someone’s salvation actually took root, and if it did, in what condition is their relationship. Tonight at our home group I will ask the question; as we look at the parable of the seeds, let’s think of the seed as the word of God written. When you read it, which of these conditions of the soil do you think fits you and why?

    Thinking of the broader application of this parable, it seems to me, that this parable speaks to growth and maturity for God’s people. How do we absorb His word? One can easily read his Bible and then walk away and quickly forget what one read. Do we seek to meditate on the word, searching for enlightenment through the Holy Spirit and letting him it dig into our hearts, challenging us and ultimately affecting what comes out of us. God will write his word on our hearts so that we truly are changed into people that give Jesus a body with which to express his unfailing love to a needy world. I really like the new Pause reading schedule because it deals with just two chapters. I find that this volume of reading allows me time to read carefully and thoughtfully, to ponder the word, to question its application for me.

    I love this scripture, and pray it often.
    Psalms 139: 23-24

    Thanks
    Tim Weiner



  2. Tim Weiner on January 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Just an update to my earlier thought for home group Question.

    As I thought about the question through the day I realized that all of us can fit into one of the seed’s conditions described in Mark 4: 3-8 at any time. Perhaps it would be better to just look at each of the places the parable describes and think about why we find ourselves in those places with the Word of God. Is there any common circumstance that leads to that particular place? What can we do to help ourselves be the good soil more often?

    Sincerely,

    tim