Parenting with the Parables – The Persistent Widow

Family, The Parables, Thoughts
"Now Jesus was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, 'In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.  There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, "Give me legal protection from my opponent."  For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, "Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out." '  And the Lord said, 'Hear what the unrighteous judge said; likewise, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him…
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Parenting with the Parables – The Two Sons

Family, The Parables, Thoughts
"Jesus said to the chief priests and elders, 'What do you think?  A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, "Son, go work today in the vineyard."  And the son answered, "I will not"; but afterward regretted it and went.  The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, "I will, sir"; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?'  They said, 'The first.'  Jesus said to them, 'Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him;…
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Parenting with the Parables – Introduction

Family, The Parables, Thoughts
As parents, we have a mandate to instruct our children in the ways of the Lord.  "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4).  The backbone for accomplishing this training program is through the pages of Scripture.  And one of the themes that Rhonda and I found particularly appealing in teaching our children were the parables of Jesus. When Jesus was here in the flesh, He primarily taught His followers in three ways: through direct instruction (the Sermon on the Mount), by His example (washing His disciples feet), and by storytelling (the parables).  Each of these methods has an appropriate time and place in how we teach our children. In this upcoming series of posts, we will focus on…
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The Transaction

Thoughts
On a recent trip, I had the joy of seeing many people make "the transaction"; a conscious choice to embrace the good news of Christ, a choice to believe that Jesus paid the price for their sins on the cross and in so believing crossed from death to life.  The scriptural foundation for the transaction is found throughout the New Testament and is maybe best summarized by Jesus Himself in John 5:24, "Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned but has crossed over from death to life." I bring this up because in recent years it seems that an increasing number of Christian authors have sought to downplay the transaction.  In the vein of feeling the need to see…
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