The Parable of the Cloth and the Wineskins

October 25th, 2020 Mark 2:18-22                This fall we have been looking at the stories that Jesus told, – his parables. In the book of Mark, only four parables are recounted. We are looking at two of them today, the parable of the unshrunk cloth and the parable of the wineskins.                There are some core truths in this passage …

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

October 11, 2020 Luke 18:9-14                We have been working our way through a series on the stories that Jesus told. So, as I was planning ahead, I looked for a parable that would fit the thanksgiving theme. While there is a lot in the bible about giving thanks, that theme is not covered in the stories that Jesus told. …

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Asbury Free Methodist – October 4th, 2020 Luke 12:13-21                I have seen it. You probably have too. A family comes together, a death happens – and then the will is read. It is like a thermal nuclear warhead is set off in the middle of family relationships. It’s not fair. I worked harder than my brother, but she treated …

The Parable of the two sons

Asbury Free Methodist September 27, 2020 Matthew 21:28-32                We are continuing our series on the stories of Jesus. We have been looking at a number of his parables. They have been showing us what God is like, and they have a way of revealing our own heart. But primarily they answer the question – “What is the kingdom of …

Kingdoms

By Brent Russett Originally written for the Keenager Newsletter – September 2020                Every kingdom is born to die. The Portuguese reigned in the 15th century, the Spanish in the 16th century, the Dutch in the 17th and the French in the 18th century. Britain dominated the 19th century until it was left almost bankrupt by the Great War. Its …

The Parable of the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16 – Spiritual Envy Asbury Free Methodist September 20,2020                We have been looking at the stories of Jesus. This morning we are considering the parable of the workers in the vineyard. I don’t know that I have ever heard a sermon on what I am going to talk about today – but if I had it would have …

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Sermon preached September 12, 2020 @ Asbury Small group questions are at the end of the sermon Matthew 18:21-35                Over the last number of weeks, we have been focusing on the stories that Jesus told – his parables. From them we have been learning what God is like, what the kingdom of God is like, and sometimes what we …

Six Ways to Journey Towards Joy

How to thrive when the world isn’t. … And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition …

How to Read the Scriptures to Hear God

There are various approaches to scripture. You can read the bible through in a year. You can memorize verses from the bible. You can study the bible using different tools like commentaries and dictionaries. You can meditate on passages of scripture and go over and over them in your mind. All those things are good, and I practice most of …

Five Reasons to Take Time with God?

Answering the question why? (Jesus Said)  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV) Knowing why you are doing what you are doing is really important for motivation and to keep us on track. Here are five …