October 2019

The Hospitable Host

Jesus tells a story about a kingdom celebration invitation. Some reject the invitation. Others receive the invitation. The difference in the guest lists demonstrates God’s heart for humanity. We now, as welcome guests, are to serve as inviters to this banquet.   Luke 14:12-24; Matthew 22:11-14; Revelation 19:6-9



The Life of the Party

Jesus teaches us the tremendous value that he places on those who are lost … a value so great that when they are found it is party time.   Luke 15:1-7



God of Tomorrow

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager is one that doesn’t end quite how we would expect at a quick reading. Yet, when we dig down into the story Jesus is calling us to depend on God’s grace as the only resource that can provide a hope-filled future.    Luke 16:1-9



September 2019

The Divine Auditor

The parable of the talents is not a quaint story about using your skills for the kingdom. It is a dire warning to take risks to advance the kingdom, or suffer the consequences of being removed from the king’s kingdom.   Matthew 25:14-30



The Eye Opener

Jesus teaches us that the path to heaven is lovingly ministering to those who are in need regardless of the differences which might exist.   Luke 10:25-37



The Best Boss

Jesus teaches us that God is just in never giving us less than we deserve, but gracious in blessing us with what we don’t serve. Yet, we may find ourselves envious of those whom we perceive God treating with generosity.   Matthew 20:1-16



The Seed Sower

Jesus teaches us that we are responsible for sharing what God has done in our lives. He is responsible for the outcome.   Matthew 13:1-9



August 2019

Spiritually Sovereign

Through the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus defeats the demonic forces that war against the soul.   Mark 5:1-20



July 2019

Captain of My Ship

Jesus is Lord over the storms showing that the physical world is subject to his command. Storms will come. Jesus doesn’t invite us to smooth seas, but to the obedience that trusts in his presence.



A Man of Marvels

Miracles reveal who Jesus is, authenticate his ministry, and bring glory to God. The transitional verses of Matthew 15:29-31 might seem to be incidental. However, these three verses have a tremendous level of importance that speak to God’s love and grace for those outside of his family.



June 2019

The Root of the Fruit

God lovingly cares for us as we are connected to Him through Jesus, the one who makes our lives productive. The evidence of our connection to Him is found in our willing obedience in loving as He does.



May 2019

Light In A Dark Place

In the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles (also called the Festival of Lights), Jesus declares He is the light of the world. Since light is know to reveal, Jesus is saying that He reveals who God is in a dark sinful world. Yet, the reaction to His light is less than warm.   “I […]