Jesus presents three parables to encourage his disciples. These parables illustrate the necessity of exalting the King, the inevitability of his kingdom's growth, and the exponential growth of the kingdom. These stories reinforce the power within the Word of God and stirs up a desire to know the Word. May we respond appropriately to the…
Religion. Most people in the world follow one. They are looking for a warm teddy bear hug but find it is actually a cold boa constrictor squeeze. Using the legalistic constraints of the Pharisees Sabbath laws, Jesus frees us from "I have to" religion to a "I want to" relationship of loving God and people.
Child abuser. Wife-beater. Abortion. Racism. Adultery. Human trafficker. Obscene wealth. What is on your "worst sins" list? The scandal of grace is that Jesus did not come to call good people who avoid these sins, but sinners like these. It's time for new wineskins or your view of salvation will tear, burst and be destroyed.