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Parable Lessons - The Persistent Widow

Parable:-  The Persistent Widow

Scripture Portion:- Luke 18:1-8
Observations The main observations:-
Jesus told his disciples a story.To show disciples that they should always pray and never give up.There was a judge in a certain city.He neither feared God nor cared about people.A widow of that city came to him repeatedly for justice.She had some dispute with her enemy.The judge ignored her for a while.Finally the judge was tired and he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”Jesus told them to learn a lesson from this unjust judge.Judge gave a just decision in the end. God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night.He will not keep putting them off and will grant justice to them quickly.Jesus also asked a question.When he returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith? Interpretation:- Always…

Parable Lessons - The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Parable:-  The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 

Scripture Portion:- Luke 18:9-14
Observations
Some of the main observations:-

Jesus told this story to some people who had great confidence in their own righteousness.They scorned everyone else.Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee.The other was a despised tax collector.The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed like this - "I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income."But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. He beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ Jesus told that the sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. Jesus also told that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Int…

Parable Lessons - Two Builders, Wise and Foolish

Parable:- Two Builders, Wise and Foolish

Scripture Portion:- Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49
Observations:- The parable follows what Jesus told about last judgement when many will come say about what they did and Jesus will not accept or acknowledge them. They did miracles and wonders. They drive out demons and prophesied in Jesus name. Jesus says that those who hear the words and put them into practice is like a wise builder who built his house upon the rock. When wind and storms came against it, it stood still. Those who hear and not practice are like a man who build his house upon sand. He is called a foolish man. When wind and storms came, this house fell with a great crash.
Practical Lessons:- I need to make sure that I am building my house on the rock on a daily basis. Anyone who hears the teachings of Jesus and follows them is wise. Solid foundation will mean obedience on daily basis. Anyone who hears and ignore is foolish. So following the teachings of Jesus is key to have a solid …

Parable Lessons - The Sower and the Soil

We have started a new series on parables taught by Jesus in one of our Care Cell.  As we go through these parables, I am trying to find some practical application to make it more meaning for personal life. I want to start a series 'Parable Lessons' to share what we learn from each parable. I will try to add some observations also.

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Parable:- The Sower and the Soil

Scripture Portion:-  Mark 4:3-9; Matt 13:3-9; Luke 8:5-8

Observations:- The farmer went out to sow his seed. Seeds fell at different places. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away,because it had no moisture.Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times.Only the seeds which fell on good and fertile soil sprouted, grew, and produce…