Making yours more important than Scripture: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.  But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach.  – Matthew 23:2-3 The Pharisee’s traditions and their interpretations and applications […]

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Comes from despair: Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O LORD, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, OLORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? – Psalms 130:1-2 In the depths of despair, the psalmist cried out to God. […]

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Sin breaks it down: The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. – Genesis 2:25 Have you ever noticed how a little child can run naked through a room full of strangers without embarrassment? He is not aware of his nakedness, just as Adam and Eve were not embarrassed in […]

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Restoring our spiritual insight: “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  – Matthew 6:22-23 […]

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How Jesus used them in teaching: Such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  –  Matthew 13:2-3 Jesus used many illustrations, or […]

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Matthew 21:8 says: A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. This verse is one of the few places where the Gospels record that Jesus’ glory is recognised on earth. Jesus boldly declared himself King, and the crowd gladly joined […]



Mark 3:33-35 says: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. God’s [equal] family is accepting and doesn’t exclude anyone. Although Jesus cared for […]



  Important aspect of spiritual growth: Moses summoned all Israel and said: Hear, O Israel, the decrees and the laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them.  – Deuteronomy 5:1 The people had entered into a covenant with God, and Moses commanded them to hear, learn, and follow […]

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The Parables of Jesus

Teaching Parables: About the Kingdom of God The Soils (Matthew 13:3-8; Mark 4:4-8; Luke 8:5-8) The Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30) The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18, 19) The Yeast (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20, 21) The Treasure (Matthew 13:44) The Pearl (Matthew 13:45, 46) The Fishing Net (Matthew 13:47-50) The Growing Wheat (Mark […]

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