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Two Similar Parables With Two Different Lessons

Have you ever used the same story in two different settings?

Have you ever changed the details of the story to make it fit a point that you were making?

PURPOSE: To help listeners interpret each parable for what it intends to teach.

Have you ever used the same story in two different settings?

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.

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.

Three Truths Discovered In The Parables Of Matthew Chapter 25

Are there a few basic truths about God and how the gospel changes our lives which form the core of Scripture?

PURPOSE: To help listeners reflect back on the parable using this summary of its great ideas.

One of Mortimer Adler's books was titled Six Great Ideas. In it he examined six virtues that lie at the foundation of civility. From many of the important books written over the centuries, Adler distilled six basic ideas which have shaped Western civilization.

The Christmas Story From The Different Perspectives Of The Gospels

Do you like to read biographies? What is it about biographies that attracts you?

Sometimes we think of the Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) as historians, but they are really theologians.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that the Gospel writers were theologians and not historians.

Do you like to read biographies? What is it about biographies that attracts you?

Mark's Perspective Of The Christmas Story

Has it ever struck you that in singing our Christmas carols, we get no carols based on what Mark wrote? Why is that?

Why did Mark choose not to tell us anything about Jesus' birth?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand why Mark doesn't focus on Jesus' birth.

Has it ever struck you that in singing our Christmas carols, we get no carols based on what Mark wrote? Why is that?

You Shall Not Covet: What Is Coveting?

Would you agree or disagree with the observation that this is a fairly simple, straightforward command, like "You shall not steal" or "You shall not murder"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore some of the difficulties that arise from reading the text.

Would you agree or disagree with the observation that this is a fairly simple, straightforward command, like "You shall not steal" or "You shall not murder"?

How Coveting Distorts Spiritual Vision

IDEA: Perceptive thinkers have understood the dangers of covetousness, but they have not agreed on how to avoid the danger.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that Christianity is not different from other philosophies in recognizing the danger of covetousness, but it does differ from other religions in the cure for that sickness.

It’s important to recognize that Christianity doesn’t necessarily differ from other religions in pointing out spiritual sickness. It differs in the cure for that sickness.

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.

"let Your Conduct Be Without Covetousness"

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?

A Look At How The Tenth Commandment Relates To The First Nine

Have you ever noticed how the first and last things you do can have great importance?

When comedians plan a routine, they have to think about how they'll start and how they'll end.

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how the arrangement of the commandments tells us something of the significance of the commandments.

Have you ever noticed how the first and last things you do can have great importance?

Spiritual Hearing Loss

Years ago a young man in a Sunday school class in Dallas had memorized long passages of the Scripture. He was quite impressive. The young man was arrested for

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how they need both God's Word and God's Spirit to live a vital spiritual life.

Years ago a young man in a Sunday school class in Dallas had memorized long passages of the Scripture. He was quite impressive. The young man was arrested for breaking and entering a store. He assaulted the owner and stole the money in the cash register. Would you conclude from this that memorizing the Bible doesn't do you any good?

The Danger Of Listening To Other "voices" That Lead Us Away From God

IDEA: The Ten Commandments by themselves cannot transform us.

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how they need both God's Word and God's Spirit to live a vital spiritual life.

Years ago a young man in a Sunday school class in Dallas had memorized long passages of the Scripture. He was quite impressive. The young man was arrested for breaking and entering a store. He assaulted the owner and stole the money in the cash register. Would you conclude from this that memorizing the Bible doesn't do you any good?

The Ideas Involved In The Christian Faith

What do you think they are talking about when they say they are "believers"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the power of a biblical idea.

Does it disturb you that many people who say they are born-again Christians appear to know almost nothing about the Christian faith?

The Foundational Ideas Of Christianity

What do you think they are talking about when they say they are "believers"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the power of a biblical idea.

Does it disturb you that many people who say they are born-again Christians appear to know almost nothing about the Christian faith?

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