Have you ever made an excuse for not attending an event you really didn’t want to attend? No doubt you have… we all have at some point. In Jesus’ Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14), most of the “somebodies” who had been invited to a huge feast made excuses for not attending. Of course the host was angry, and probably really hurt too! Who wouldn’t be? So the master told his servant to go and invite some folks who would truly appreciate the invitation - the poor, cripp
At mid-summer now, we are seeing lots of fruits and vegetables from local gardeners who have put in the hard work to grow them. I have been really enjoying some of them too! Jesus shared a parable, recorded in Matthew 20, about a vineyard owner and his workers. The vineyard owner needed workers desperately; there was a lot of work to be done! I wonder if it was time for the harvest? If so, the grapes needed to be picked or they would rot on the vine. So he went out earl
Life is crazy, chaotic, and messy! Life changes and endures various seasons, both good and bad. Lately, my life has been plagued with rejection, uncertainties, and unexpected events. I am sure most, if not all of my readers, can relate to this exact feeling. However, I have been reminded of a few simple truths that I would like to share! Click here to continue reading.
There are a lot of things that are difficult to do in life. I can think of a few that are tough for most people: Stringing a weedeater, keeping plants healthy, exercising consistently and forgiving people who have hurt you. You may not struggle with all of those, but I am almost certain you struggle with one. Forgiving people who hurt us is never easy. In fact, it is one of the most difficult things to do in this life. Peter asked Jesus once how many times we should for
This week, we celebrate our freedom as a nation. We value freedom in America. What does freedom mean to you? As Americans, we appreciate it. If you are a Christ Follower, freedom carries significant meaning. Jesus said this about freedom….“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32. What is the truth? Jesus was clear about the truth…. 6 “I am the way and the truth and the life.