The Prodigal One

This week’s parable, our last one, is the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  You probably remember this story.  It’s the one about the son who asks his father for his share of his inheritance, goes and spends it foolishly, then comes back home begging his father to take him back.

Here’s a comic book style video that tells the story.

Prodigal God

Interesting that we know this story as the story of the Prodigal Son, but the maker of this video titled it “Prodigal God”. The meaning of prodigal is “having or giving something on a lavish scale.”  The son lived on a lavish scale while he had all his father’s money to spend.  But then he ran out and was so desperate that he thought about eating pig slop.

So he thinks of his father and returns home.  In reality it is the father who gives to his son on a lavish scale- rejoicing and celebrating his return.  That’s a picture of God for us.  We who are lost have been found and God’s lavish love for us is poured out through the death of his Son on a cross 2000 years ago.

Come Sunday and let’s talk about how much God loves us!

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Lovingly-

Mrs. Bess

 

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Lost things that are found

This week’s parables are about things that are lost.  There is a lost sheep and a lost coin.  But these parables were not just about a shepherd finding his sheep who had wandered away, or about a lady who couldn’t keep track of her belongings.

It was a story that Jesus told to the good and righteous ones who thought salvation was only for those who deserved it.  Jesus had something different to say about that.  Here’s a preview of one of the parables.

The Lost Sheep- Saddleback Kids

How well do you think you know the lesson from Luke 15:1-10?

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All of us are lost at some point in our lives.  And really we don’t even know it!  It is only when Jesus comes and finds us that we realize that we are lost.

Luke 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

Thank goodness for that! Let’s rejoice with the Lord when one who is lost becomes found!

With love,

Mrs. Bess

Glorify God with all you do!

This week’s story is from Matthew 25.

It is called the Parable of the Talents. Here’s a video that you can watch about it.

Parable of the Talents

God gives each of us different talents unique to each one of us.  As we grow up and find more ways to serve God with our talents He will allow those talents to increase.

I pray that you will love and serve God with all your heart, soul, and might and that you will use your gifts and talents to show your love and glory for God.

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With love,

Mrs. Bess

Like a good neighbor…

I was reminded of that line from the jingle from the insurance commercial.  This week our Sunday School lesson is from Luke 10.  It is the story (parable) of the Good Samaritan.  In this parable Jesus “pictures” what it means to love your neighbor, even if your neighbor is someone you are not supposed to like.

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Jesus doesn’t avoid uncomfortable conversations.  He knew that many of the Jewish leaders would take offense at this story, because it was directed to them.  But he wasn’t afraid to speak the truth.  He wanted these men to be challenged to see God and to see the needs of those around them in a different way.

So we’ll take a good look at the story of the Good Samaritan this week and see what we have to learn from it.

Saddleback Kids: The Good Samaritan

Love,

Mrs. Bess

Parable of the Great Banquet

Jesus once again spoke to the religious leaders using a parable. With this one was one they would surely “get the picture.”

In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus gives an illustration of a wedding feast. Weddings were easily pictured. There would be the ceremony with the bride and groom. That would be followed by the big celebration that would involve food and music and a great party in honor of the newly married couple. This particular wedding was for the king’s son. Many people were invited. It was truly an honor– you can imagine what an a magnificent event this was to be.

Yet when it came time to RSVP, many on the invitation list responded they would not be coming. Some had work obligations, some had to take care of their animals on the farm, some had family business to attend to.

So the king went out and invited many others from the streets and ways that you might not expect to be invited. These people gladly came, but not without the expectation they come properly clothed in nice wedding garments.  Those who came in their everyday clothes would be turned away.

Jesus said the wedding feast compared with those who would be entering the Kingdom of God. You were expected to come when invited and come wearing your festive dress.  The religious leaders knew Jesus was comparing them to the ones who rejected the invitation. They had turned to their own affairs instead of coming to the feast of the king.

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Take a minute to listen to this beautiful hymn sung and played St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida a couple years ago.  The words to the chorus are:

Clothe us in Your righteousness
Hide filthy rags of sin
Dress us in Your perfect garb
Both outside and within

Hymn: Clothed in Righteousness

I pray you will accept the invitation to join he King at His feast. Jesus is the bridegroom and we, the church, are his “bride”. But we must come in proper dress- Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

Love and joy!
Mrs. Bess

Which Son Obeyed?

Our parable lesson this week comes from Matthew 21:28-32.  It’s about two brothers and their response to their father’s request to help do the work in the vineyard.

Here’s a preview of the story put to song…

The Parable of the Two Sons by Sheila Hamil

I like how you are left with the question still hanging in your mind about which son obeyed. Jesus has an answer!  I hope you will come on Sunday to find out more.

I also pray that your actions would show the desire of your heart to please and obey the Lord.

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Love and prayers-

Mrs. Bess

Vineyard Workers

A vineyard is a place where grapes are grown.  It’s like a “yard” of “vines” because grapes grow on vines.  Vineyards were common in Israel in Jesus’ time.

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Vineyards required lots of workers- people skilled in pruning and handling the grapes as they grew.  When it neared harvest time many workers would be needed in the fields.  The work days were long and hard, especially under the hot sun that ripened the grapes.

This week’s parable is about servants working in the vineyards. (See Matthew 20:1-16) These were hired servants who earned money for their hard work.  Jesus talks about the generosity of the landowner and being content with good gifts that come from his hands.

How good are you at counting?  Here’s a counting exercise for you.  Check your answers below…

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[Answers: 4 Oranges, 6 Apples, 7 Grapes, 5 Carrots]

Now I’m hungry!  Hope you will come hungry to learn more from God’s word on Sunday.

Love you so!

Mrs. Bess