Luke 16:19-31: The Dishonest Manager–praised for his astuteness, not his dishonesty

“The Parable of the Dishonest Manager” or, with the older title, “The Unjust Steward.”  An owner is wealthy, and others relay rumors to him about his accountant, who is squandering his assets.  This manager is stealing by overcharging on his commissions.  Unlike a wage by the hour or collecting a salary, he earns his income by garnering a… [more]

Luke 16:19-31: The Dishonest Manager–praised for his astuteness, not his dishonesty Luke 16:19-31: The Dishonest Manager--praised for his astuteness, not his dishonesty

Jeremiah 23:16-29: Live in the Truth

Still in the insecurity of your childhood, running through the house.  Crash!  A prized piece of your mother’s fine porcelain lay broken on the floor.  A few moments later, words are flying from your mouth on how you didn’t break your mom’s china. The contrived deception now spins its web around you, in your mind and your bones.  For if… [more]

Jeremiah 23:16-29: Live in the Truth Jeremiah 23:16-29: Live in the Truth

The Apocrypha, Lesson 14: 2 Maccabees and Purgatory

Recap After we had looked into prayers for the sainted dead in 2 Maccabees, one person in class wanted to explore the verse that followed.  Your teacher tactfully avoided doing so to keep the Lesson on task.  Today, to honor this person’s august wishes (it is August, after all!), we delve deeper in to what Judas Maccabeus also did for those slain… [more]

The Apocrypha, Lesson 14: 2 Maccabees and Purgatory The Apocrypha, Lesson 14: 2 Maccabees and Purgatory

Romans 6:19-23: Sin’s Wage vs. God’s Gift

All around us, whether infiltrating the air or intertwining itself into the tapestry of our culture, is an assumption.  To be free is to be the boss, under no one else’s thumb.  Now, at first, who will disagree?  Oh, how gratifying and cathartic, until we realize we turn ourselves into self-made gods.  Only scan human history to discover what… [more]

Romans 6:19-23: Sin’s Wage vs. God’s Gift Romans 6:19-23: Sin’s Wage vs. God’s Gift

The Apocrypha, Lesson 13: 1-2 Maccabees, Pt. 3

Recap In 164 BC, with the ouster of Antiochus Epiphanes from Israel, the Israelites began to celebrate a festival every year to remember the dedication, or restoration, of the Temple.  For the one who claimed to be God in human flesh was defeated and proper worship restored. Jesus used His celebration of this feast (John 10) to assert His divinity… [more]

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