Parable

An older man listening
An old friend of mine is a cardiologist - a specialist heart doctor. In fact, he is probably the most respected specialist heart doctor in his country. After a stellar academic career, he became at 43 the youngest professor of cardiology in his country’s history. Through his research, he has introduced new techniques and better treatments which have saved the lives of many hundreds of patients. And he is also a good man - a man of great prayer and personal holiness – rather more so than is...
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About 20 years ago, there was a terrible famine in East Africa. I’m sure that anyone over 30 will remember it. When television pictures were shown around the world of thousands of sick and starving men, women and children crowded into refugee camps, there was a global public outcry that, in this day and age, the rest of the world could permit over a million people to starve to death. Many people said: “somebody should do something.” A very few said: “I must do something...
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In speaking of the way we should think about security for the future, Jesus used a curious example - a man who cheated his employer. Luke 16.1-8   But it's the astuteness, not the dishonesty of the steward we are to imitate. Wise people look to the future. They think ahead. Such was the worldly-wise steward. He used his resourcefulness to secure his material needs.Those who try to keep close to Christ must equally look to the future.All the goods of this world are entrusted to us...
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Jesus tells an unusual parable.  Luke 16.1-13    It appears to support dishonesty.  A steward who manages his master’s estates is accused of wasting his employer’s goods; he is dismissed, but before he goes he must submit his final account.    This gives the steward time to plan his future. He is about to join the ranks of the unemployed and he wonders how he will survive.He can’t face the thought of a labourer’s job or begging on the streets....
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“Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.”One of the things I have to do from time to time in my work as a doctor is to tell someone they are going to die.Well, in one way, that is no great surprise. Sooner or later, we are all going to die. And we will all die of something. But it always comes as a shock to anyone to know that they now have the disease which will probably kill them.Telling someone that he is going...
Field of Wheat
In his parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Jesus makes an analysis of the moral dilemma of the human race. He tells of a farmer who planted a crop of wheat. Later, under cover of darkness, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. When the crop started to mature, weeds were growing alongside the wheat. The servants were puzzled as to how could this have happened.  Should they pull up the weeds? The farmer told them to wait until the harvest.  Then they could bundle up the...