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The Perfect Pearl

March 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it (vv. 45-46).

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Good Friday Reflection IX

March 25, 2016 Leave a comment

It is interesting reviewing the last few Good Fridays.

In 2013, our family was new to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, and I was finishing up my administrative internship. My goal was to move into a new position within three years.

Three years later, I am working as a Staff Developer for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.

In 2014, I missed a Good Friday reflection for the first time in seven years. I wonder if we were in West Virginia and I was away from a computer.

Last year, I predicted that Cuomo would have to “give back the milk money,” and in many ways this is what has happened.

This past year has been one of transitions. We have our new dog, Debo. Amy’s writing and editing work has become profitable. Sarah has gone to Longridge and thrived in public school. Jack missed the coffeehouse but is Scar in the Lion King, Jr.

Earlier today, I got a new Kia to replace the 2000 dark green Neon. The old car couldn’t hold its oil and stopped starting in the cold and damp early spring weather.

The service over at Concord was powerful. Lori’s family are also SBTW Galatians!

My biggest hopes for the next year are for our family: more love and patience and endurance. This is my prayer for the next year.

I wonder what I will be thinking on April 14, 2017.

 

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A Kingdom of Heaven Parable

March 22, 2016 1 comment

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (v. 44).

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Jesus Interprets the Parable of the Crazy Farmer

March 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen (vv. 36-43)!

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Why Parables?

March 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
    I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world” (vv. 34-35).

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The Yeast Parable

March 18, 2016 Leave a comment

[Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened” (v. 33).

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Mustard Seed Parable

March 17, 2016 Leave a comment

[Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches” (vv. 31-32).

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Parable of the Evil Weed Planter

March 16, 2016 Leave a comment

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (vv. 24-30)

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Jesus Interprets the Parable of the Crazy Farmer

March 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty (vv. 18-23).

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Why Parables?

March 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secretsof the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’ With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says:

‘You will indeed listen, but never understand,
    and you will indeed look, but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
    and their ears are hard of hearing,
        and they have shut their eyes;
        so that they might not look with their eyes,
    and listen with their ears,
and understand with their heart and turn—
    and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it (vv. 10-17).

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