Jesus loved to tell a story, sometimes a simple short story with a clear meaning. At other times a deeper message is hidden within descriptions of familiar sights and events. Jesus didn’t actually teach much about prayer – He prayed, alone, and in the company of His disciples. But in the gospel of Luke there are, not one but, two parables about persevering in prayer. The context and the application of the stories are different so what is so important about persistence in prayer?Continue reading “Which Parable Teaches Us About Persistence in Prayer?”
What Does the Parable of the Talents Mean?
Jesus often taught spiritual concepts through the means of a story. Sometimes the message seems to be hidden and on one occasion the disciples asked Jesus to explain what He meant. But the purpose of a parable is to get our attention and make us reflect on the deeper meaning within the story. At first glance this parable seems to be about multiplication, or is there more to it? What does the parable of the talents mean to you?Continue reading “What Does the Parable of the Talents Mean?”
Why is Listening to God in Prayer Important?
Listening is an essential part of communication, it is just as important to listen as it is to share. Have you ever experienced a one-sided relationship with someone who wants to talk about themselves all the time, but never seems to be interested in what you have to say? If you have, then you will know how difficult it is to deepen that friendship. When that is true of our personal relationships how much more important is it to develop the skill of listening to God in prayer as well as talking to Him.Continue reading “Why is Listening to God in Prayer Important?”
What Makes a Modern Day Good Samaritan?
What makes a modern day good Samaritan? I read this phrase in the newspapers recently, when journalists were reporting on an unexpected act of kindness. In a hostile situation, with two people on opposing sides, one man went out of his way to help another. The press labelled him ‘a modern day good samaritan.’Continue reading “What Makes a Modern Day Good Samaritan?”
Bird song and other Inspiration – Parable of the talents!
Jesus told many stories or parables to explain a biblical principle. Sometimes the meaning of the story seemed to be obscure and hard to understand, and the disciples would question Jesus further. So what is the message in this story, commonly known as the parable of the talents?Continue reading “Bird song and other Inspiration – Parable of the talents!”