Category  |  Understanding

What Was Jesus Trying To Say In The Parable Of The Talents?

What does Jesus mean by a "talent"?

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand that application has to be carefully thought out.

Sometimes when we study the Bible, the most obvious questions appear to be the most difficult to answer.

What The Parable Of The Talents Means To Us

Sometimes when we study the Bible, the most obvious questions appear to be the most difficult to answer

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand that application has to be carefully thought out.

Sometimes when we study the Bible, the most obvious questions appear to be the most difficult to answer.

Contrasts In The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate how contrasts develop a Bible passage.

One way to study the Bible is to notice the contrasts. For example, look at Cain and Abel; Abraham and Lot; Joseph and his brothers; Jacob and Esau; Rachel and Leah. The one becomes a foil to show you the virtue of the other.

Helping Those In Need Is A Form Of Justice

When we think of "the justice system," what kinds of things come to mind? If you think about love, what parts of the parable come to mind?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand more clearly what the Bible means by justice.

When we think of "the justice system," what kinds of things come to mind? If you think about love, what parts of the parable come to mind?

Do Good Works Result In A Relationship Or Does A Relationship Result In Good Works?

When we think of "the justice system," what kinds of things come to mind? If you think about love, what parts of the parable come to mind?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand more clearly what the Bible means by justice.

When we think of "the justice system," what kinds of things come to mind? If you think about love, what parts of the parable come to mind?

Does The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats Apply To Us?

When we think of "the justice system," what kinds of things come to mind? If you think about love, what parts of the parable come to mind?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand more clearly what the Bible means by justice.

When we think of "the justice system," what kinds of things come to mind? If you think about love, what parts of the parable come to mind?

What Makes The 10th Commandment Different Than The Other Nine?

Do the Ten Commandments start with a roar and end with a whimper?

Doesn’t it seem that the final commandment is softer and less demanding than the earlier ones?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how the tenth commandment differs from the first nine.

Do the Ten Commandments start with a roar and end with a whimper?

The Definition Of "covet"

The tenth commandment states, "You shall not covet." That’s not a word we use every day.

I. What does it mean to "covet"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners discern legitimate desires from evil desires.

The tenth commandment states, "You shall not covet." That’s not a word we use every day.

Coveting Can Lead You To Do Things You Never Thought You'd Do

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that both experience and the Scriptures show the fraud in a covetous life.

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

Combating Our Culture's 'more Is Better' Message

Contentment is the antithesis of the tenth commandment “You shall not covet.”

Replace The Bad (coveting) With The Good (contentment)

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that both experience and the Scriptures show the fraud in a covetous life.

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

The Relationship Between Fornication, Uncleanness, And Covetousness

Do you ever find, as you’re reading the Bible, a phrase that stops you short and makes you think? It may not be an unusual phrase, but one that you will tend to overlook until you look at it.

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how covetousness can defile us.

Do you ever find, as you’re reading the Bible, a phrase that stops you short and makes you think? It may not be an unusual phrase, but one that you will tend to overlook until you look at it.

If You Could Eliminate One Sin, What Would It Be?

Do you think there were things once considered sinful that are not considered sinful today?  An interesting conversation about eliminating sin from our culture.

Why We Don't Always Buy Into What The Bible Says

A thing is not true because it's in the Bible; it's in the Bible because it's true. Would you agree with that?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand why they struggle to believe what seem to be clear statements in the Bible.

A thing is not true because it's in the Bible; it's in the Bible because it's true. Would you agree with that?

How Questions And Doubts About The Bible Can Be A Good Thing

A thing is not true because it's in the Bible; it's in the Bible because it's true. Would you agree with that?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand why they struggle to believe what seem to be clear statements in the Bible.

A thing is not true because it's in the Bible; it's in the Bible because it's true. Would you agree with that?