Twelve Parables of Jesus

Author: Maxie D. Dunnam
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426724217
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Many of us have heard the parables of Jesus all our lives, and we might even know them by heart. So why study them again? Why take another look at the parable of the talents, the parable of the prodigal son, the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, and nine others? As our life experiences accumulate, we bring a fresh eye to the Scriptures. This is especially true of the parables, as they deal with people and life and everyday events. In many ways, reflecting on the parables in light of our own lives can bring us closer to Jesus. Whether you are encountering these parables for the first time or for the first time again, you will find them leading you into the mind and spirit of Jesus and offering lessons for living in the kingdom of God. Sessions: Introduction "He Said Nothing to Them Without a Parable" 1. What to Do While Waiting for the Judgment Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) 2. The Power of Persistence Ask, Seek, Knock (Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8) 3. How to Deal With Demons The Empty House (Matthew 12:38-50) 4. Good for Nothing The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:1-9) 5. Serendipity The Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46) 6. How to Escape Being Posessed by Possessions The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-34) 7. Our Most Common Sin Pharisee and Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-17) 8. Practicing Humility Places at the Table (Luke 14:7-11) 9. How Do We Get Rid of Evil Without Destroying Good? Wheat and Tares (Matthew 13:24-30) 10. What to Do When You Have Been Forgiven The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) 11. What to Do With Your Assets The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) 12. Lost and Found The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-32)

Painfully Clear

Author: Andrew Parker
Publisher: Burns & Oates
ISBN:
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Jesus' stories should be understood as healings, not teachings. Conservatives, for whom the parables are allegorical, and liberals, who view them as creative works of art, make the mistake of treating the parable as a form that conceals even as it reveals. They fail to appreciate that Jesus intended to be painfully clear, since most of his stories were meant for people with sick attitudes and were designed to make them aware of their condition. If the parables, as they appear in the Gospels, seem mysterious, it is because first-century writers were ill equipped to report them adequately, not because they were intrinsically enigmatic. A compelling new methodology of interpretation is advanced, and applied with striking effect to twelve parables.

Parables

Author: Amy Welborn
Publisher: Loyola Press
ISBN: 0829430512
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Parables

Author: John White
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830830374
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The parables of Jesus seem designed to sneak up on us and upend our assumptions. The familiar takes an unexpected turn and the listener s secret thoughts are exposed. In these twelves studies, John White invites us to lend an ear to thes greatest stories ever told—stories with power to reveal us to ourselves.

The Gospel According to John

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Publisher: Canongate U.S.
ISBN: 9780802136190
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The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.

Parables from the Back Side

Author: J. Ellsworth Kalas
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 0687056977
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Offers a new understanding of twelve of Jesus' parables by viewing them through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. Chapter titles: When the Good Samaritan Is Bad News; God Called a Party, but Nobody Came; The Timid Soul; The Seasons of the Soil; The Sad Story of the Embarrassed Farmers; Love Always Wins...Sometimes; Why Doesn't God Like Religious People?; Pardon My Insistence; The Prodigal Who Stayed at Home; A Case for the Un-hired Hand; Moses and the Fig Tree; I Wish I Could Sell You More. 12 Sessions, with a leader's guide.

The Hidden Parables

Author: Todd Michael
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781585426720
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The secret and empowering messages contained within Christ’s thirty parables—an astonishing and practical blueprint for the life you are destined for. In The Hidden Parables, Dr. Todd Michael unveils a hidden layer of meaning within the thirty enigmatic parables spoken by Christ that shows that the parables are not a random collection of stories but a unified system of knowledge. This integrated system of knowledge describes how to use the spiritual law of thought forms—of controlled intentions—to create more beneficial, more miraculous circumstances in our personal lives. The information it presents is clear and very useful. Moreover, this system bears an uncanny symmetry with many of today’s leading-edge ideas from quantum physics. In The Hidden Parables, the parables are meticulously retranslated, retaining the expressiveness of the original Greek and giving the reader a literal understanding of the words of Jesus. Those aspects of Christ’s words that are sometimes considered confounding are freshly revealed for their penetrating insights into human existence and for the hands-on methodology they provide for a greater self-understanding and for leading a more fulfilling life.

Parables

Author: John F. MacArthur
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1400203503
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Pastor-teacher John MacArthur helps readers understand Jesus’ parables and how they relate to the whole of His message. Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures with profound spiritual lessons. Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for followers of Jesus. Jesus told parables so His people might comprehend His message about the kingdom of God clearly. Master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur has spent a lifetime explaining the Word of God in clear and comprehensible terms. In Parables he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known.

Thespian Theology Parables of

Author: John A. TenBrook
Publisher: CSS Publishing
ISBN: 0788018108
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Many congregations are searching for fresh approaches to telling the good news -- and "Thespian Theology" is just what you need to inject a healthy dose of fun into the scriptural message. Twelve of Jesus' parables are depicted in a humorous, offbeat way in scripts that were originally developed for presentation by a high school-age youth group. While the plays are especially appropriate for adolescents, they also maintain a focus on the biblical text and will appeal to all ages. Pastors and youth leaders will discover that these simple, easy-to-perform sketches can be an excellent tool for reaching out to unchurched people and getting them excited about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone who participates in (or witnesses a performance) of these sketches will enjoy them while learning about God in the process. Some of the amusing titles include: Who Is My Neighbor? or The Parable of the Good Geek (The Good Samaritan) Wilfred Wonderful's Weightless Wooden Widget Works (The Unforgiving Servant) Hey... Who's in Charge Here? (The Laborers in the Vineyard) Irkum D. Judge, Esq. (The Judge and the Widow) A graduate of Harvard University (B.A. and M.B.A.), John A. TenBrookhas been addicted to the theatre ever since he appeared in Harvard's famous Hasty Pudding Show as an undergraduate. He has worked in marketing and public relations for the Westvaco and Friendly Ice Cream corporations, and has also served as Director of Community Relations for two social service agencies in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. He is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

More Parables from the Back Side

Author: J. Ellsworth Kalas
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 068774041X
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J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into twelve of Jesus' parables by entering them through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new "lens," or the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. A study guide is included. Chapters include: The Value of the House - Matthew 7:24-27 The Man Who Talked with His Soul - Luke 12:13-21 What Chance Does an Average Sinner Have? - Luke 7:36-48 The Importance of Downward Mobility - Luke 14:7-14 The Danger of Being Good and Empty - Matthew 12:43-45 Risky Business - Matthew 13:45-46 Miracles Can Be Overrated - Luke 16:19-31 Second Chance for a Poor Manager - Luke 16:1-13 A Laugh and a Prayer - Luke 11:5-13, 18:1-8 It Happens While We Sleep - Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The Importance of Being Dressed for the Party - Matthew 22:1-14 The Genius of Effective Waiting - Luke 12:32-40