The Parable of the Persistent Widow

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

People ask, “If the Lord’s return is a foregone conclusion (Matt. 24:36), why is it important for me to pray for it”   In this study we will answer this question, using the Parable of the Persistent Widow as our guide.

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The Parable Of The Wedding Banquet

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

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The Parable Of The Ten Minas, Luke 19:12-26

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus was traveling through Jericho on His way to Jerusalem.  It was early in the day on Palm Sunday.    A rumor had sprung up among the crowds following Him that when He got there He was going to establish His Kingdom and defeat all their enemies.  He told them this parable as a way of clarifying how things would happen.

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The Good Samaritan

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

On one occasion an expert in the Law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law,” Jesus replied, “How do you read it?” He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind [Deut. 6:5] and love your neighbor as yourself [Lev 19:18].” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied, “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself and so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-29).

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

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The Parable Of The Shrewd Manager… Part 2, Money

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Shrewd Manager

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”  declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)

God and man are at odds over a lot of things, especially in matters of drive and direction. Man seeks power and position, God desires submission. Man demands his rights and freedoms, God asks him to accept responsibility for his behavior. Man’s chief aim is self gain, God wants him to consider the needs of others. Man seeks immediate fulfillment, God is more interested in lasting achievement. Man covets the praise of men where God wants man to desire His approval. Man wants to be served, God wants him to serve others. Man strives to push ahead, God counsels patience. Man wants to lead other men, God wants man to follow Him. Man thrives on competition, God seeks cooperation. Man is after self glorification, God created man to glorify Him. The list goes on.

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The Parable of the Shrewd Manager … Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Shrewd Manager

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’

“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg– I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
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The Parable of the Lost Son … A Prophetic Perspective

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son, but here’s a slant on it you may not have seen before. I take my authority for interpreting the parable this way from Hebrew scholarship.

Since ancient times Hebrew scholars have spoken of 4 levels of meaning to be found in the Scriptures. Today many in the Church feel the same way.   The first level is the plain or simple meaning, reading something just as it’s written.  The second is an implied meaning, where a specific situation might also apply generally.  All parables are intended to be understood this way   Third is a conceptual meaning. Those who preach an entire sermon from one or two verses are demonstrating an example of this.   And fourth is the hidden or mystical meaning.  I believe the interpretation of the parable of the Prodigal Son I’m presenting today is an example of this fourth level of meaning.

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