The Prodigal Son is one of the best-known parables in the Bible. Charles Dickens admired it as the greatest short story ever told. Yet as much as it's about the son who squandered his father's wealth only to return in repentance, it's also a remarkable story about a forgiving father and an older brother who struggled with his father's response.
Which of the two sons are you?
In this final message in our "Read All About It" series, Pastor Carlos Lollett gives a fresh look at the parable from Luke 15. We long for joy while aimlessly looking for it in all the wrong places. The arms of a loving Savior are opened wide. Pastor Carlos challenges you to consider: "What are you waiting for?"
If you are a follower of Christ, how many times should you forgive someone? That's a question Peter posed to Jesus in Matthew 18. In a sense, Peter was asking, "When are we allowed to stop forgiving someone?"
If we are to live our lives patterned after Jesus, we need to see that "forgiveness given" is because of "mercy received". Forgiveness isn't just a gift to be received--it's an obligation. Moreover, unforgiveness doesn't just hurt others--it hurts us as well. Forgiveness withheld destroys us all.
In this message, Pastor Skyler looks at the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant to help us understand how forgiveness works in the kingdom of God.
When the King of Kings shows up on earth, we would expect pomp. Boom. Grand festivities. Yet Jesus came more as a whisper. We might expect Jesus to march on Rome, to conquer the reigning powers. But He started in the countryside, with his first show of power at a wedding to make his mom happy. Nothing about this story sounds like everything is about to change. Yet billions of lives have changed in the years since Christ came to earth.
Is it possible you can have it all, and nothing at the same time?
We continue our series about the parables of Jesus, with this message on the Parable of the Rich Fool. For all the planning we do for retired life, we don't do enough planning for eternal life. In this message from Luke 12, Pastor Skyler shows us that life isn't about getting more stuff--it's about getting to know God. Life isn't about what we have--it's about what we do with what we have. Few things erode the peace of God like discontent.
The ultimate challenge for each of us is this: Are you ready? If you drew your last breath and stood before Jesus today, would He say "Well done" or "You fool"? You're invited to watch this message and share it with your family and friends.
How we live is determined by how we hear; and who we listen to often determines who we are. The Bible calls us to listen so we can experience God's extravagant love and joy. He has gone out of his way to make sure we HEAR about his hope. In Mark 4, Jesus delivers one of his most famous parables to show us how the condition of our hearts determines how we respond His message. Like all parables, the Parable of the Sower demands a response. Pastor Carlos reminds us we need to listen to what Jesus has to say so that we can be shaped by his truth.
We continue our "Read All About It" series, looking at the parables of Jesus. This week we look at the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22.
When it comes to salvation, all are welcome. Salvation is offered to everyone. In fact, Pastor Skyler reminds us that our job as followers of Christ isn't to manage the guest list. Rather, it's to share the invitation for, after all, it's not our wedding feast--it's His.
Yet our culture continues to reject the invitation to a relationship with Jesus. Since grace and truth coexist, we learn in this message that when you reject God's invitation, you invite His destruction. As the parable makes clear, though everyone is invited, not everyone is getting in. We don't come to God on our terms but on His.
Have you accepted the invitation? Watch this video and share it with your friends and family.
We continue our "Read All About It" series, looking at the parables of Christ. In this message, Pastor Kip walks us through the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25. The fundamental question we are confronted with is: "What are you doing with what God has given you?"
With this message we kick-off our new "Read All About It" series, looking at the parables of Jesus. We start with the Parable of the Wineskins in Matthew 9. The disciples of John the Baptist come to Jesus wondering why His followers don't fast in the same way as others. In a sense, their real questions were "Why are you different? Why don't you do the stuff we do?"