God often deprives you – takes things away or withholds things from you… in order to fuel your thanksgiving and gratitude toward him when he releases you from that deprivation – when he finally provides what you were lacking.
Turn with me in your Bible to Matthew 22. In our last message on this parable of the wedding feast, we discovered that Jesus spoke this parable in the context of hostility. The chief priests and Pharisees were seeking to kill Jesus. He had entered Jerusalem for the Passover and was teaching the people and […]
It’s always a privilege to be invited to some special occasion. You can probably think of the excitement associated with finding out that you had been invited to some sort of event: A friend’s birthday party or The wedding of someone you cared about or The retirement party of a co-worker. Being invited to things […]
All of you in this room are children. Even I’m a child – because I have parents. I don’t live in their home anymore, but I still recognize that I am their child and they are my parents. But many years ago, I did live in their house. I did eat their food. They did […]
In this post we’re going to study the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. You can find that parable in Luke 18:9-14. The Audience (Luke 18:9) Luke 18:9 tells us for whose sake the Lord Jesus Christ spoke this parable. So, that’s the audience. That’s whom Jesus is speaking to. He’s addressing the kind of person who: 1) […]