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Storyteller

The majority of the words we hear from Jesus in the New Testament were stories. He was a master storyteller and He uses these stories, or parables, to illustrate truths about God and about us that He wants to teach us.

From this Series

The Pharisee and The Tax Collector

June 28, 2015 by Dan White Message 1 of 6

In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus tells the story of two men who went to the temple to pray. The resulting contrast teaches us a lot about how pride pushes others away and leaves us in pain. We all have a voice in our heads called Ego that is busy comparing us to everyone else. We spend most of the time feeling superior (and afraid to lose that feeling of significance) or inferior (and discouraged by it). The pharisee prays to himself about his success in avoiding what is wrong and doing what is right. The tax collector acknowledges his sin and throws himself on the mercy of God. The audience was shocked to see the “saint” shut out and the “sinner” accepted. Living to impress leaves us lonely. Only the humble can give and receive love.

The Unforgiving Servant

July 5, 2015 by Jason Castelli Message 2 of 6

As people who have been forgiven an unimaginable debt, our lives should be marked by forgiveness. When Peter asks Jesus a legitimate question, how many times should I forgive someone who has wronged me, he is blown away by Jesus’ response. To illustrate this concept, Jesus tells a story of a servant who had a debt to big to repay. His King showed mercy and forgave the servant this outrageous debt. However, the servant was unmoved by the kindness that was shown to him. Immediately after being shown mercy he refuses to offer that same mercy to a fellow servant who owed him a minuscule debt. When the king finds out what the servant has done he has him thrown in prison. Unforgiveness is a slap in God's face because it fails to recognize just how much mercy God has shown to us. In light of the cross we should forgive like we’ve been forgiven.

The Sower and The Soils

July 12, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 3 of 6

This parable can be (and should be) applied in two ways. First, what kind of soil are we? Second, this parable should be a source of encouragement to us. We've been given the privilege of sowing seed. But Jesus wants us to know that when we sow that seed, it will sometimes it will fall on non-responsive soil. You will be tempted to give up, but you must not – because sometimes conditions are right and the results are amazing.

The Great Banquet

July 19, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 4 of 6

Found in Luke 14, the Parable of the Great Banquet is a story about grace and how it is sometimes the most unlikely people who respond to the hope of the Gospel—people who are self-righteous and proud don’t sense their need for grace. But those who know their unworthiness seize grace as a hungry man seizes bread.

The Good Samaritan

July 26, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 5 of 6

Jesus tells this parable to radically broaden the common understanding of what it meant to love ones’ neighbor. The point of the parable seems to be this: The real measure of authentic faith is not what you say; it’s not what not what you feel; it’s not even what you believe. The real measure of an authentic faith is what you do.

The Two Builders

August 2, 2015 by Jason Castelli Message 6 of 6

Jesus knew that many would hear His words yet few would actually apply them to life. Hearing God’s truth is not the same as putting it into practice. Jesus illustrates this point by telling a story about two builders. The wise builder takes the time to do the hard work of putting up a foundation on rock while a foolish builder takes a shortcut and lays his foundation on sand. When the storms came it was the builder who secured his foundation to the rock who weathered the storm.