A Little Bit

A Little Bit

They only had five loaves and two fish. Yet, there were over 5,000 hungry people before them. The need was overwhelming. Should we really be surprised by the disciples reaction, “Send them away.” But Jesus did an amazing thing. He asked them to bring him what little...
For the Birds

For the Birds

Farmers and gardeners typically put out scarecrows to keep the birds out of their field. Jesus suggests allowing a mustard plant to get so overgrown that it actually attracts birds and gives them somewhere to nest. Understanding the shock value of this parable speaks...
Wait to See What Blooms

Wait to See What Blooms

The weeds and wheat are growing together, Jesus explains in a parable. However, to pull up the weeds means risking uprooting the wheat. So, the landowner in the parable instructs his servants to leave them alone. We are called to live together, even with those people...
Risk to Reward

Risk to Reward

When we hear the parable of the sower, we tend to focus on the different soil types. The response is often to ask ourselves, Which soil am I? But grace is found in the extravagance of the sower, who distributes his seed indiscriminately. Explore this further, as we...
Being Set Free

Being Set Free

Being Set Free In 2020, we have been under immense pressure. This year has been marked with stress, concern, and fear for many. The world is on edge and full of pent up energy – like a firework about to explode. In the midst of this tension, Jesus speaks a word of...
A Welcome Gift

A Welcome Gift

In a world of isolation and division, the church should be a source of welcome. Jesus explained that those who give even a cup of cold water in welcome of another would be rewarded. What simple ways are you being called to welcome someone in the name of Christ?...