The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 11: The Parable of the Lamp

Intro Earlier, in both Mark 4 and Luke 8, Jesus told The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:9, Luke 8:5-8) and then explained it (Mark 4:10-20, Luke 8:9-15).  He did this to prevent a misunderstanding about “the mystery [Greek, musterion, mystery; Latin, sacramentum] of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10).  On the heels […]

Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

Christmas Day is past.  The multi-colored lights are coming down, and dried-up trees now find themselves in the trash heap.  Is the season of Christmas so soon dimmed?  The grand season of blinking lights comes and goes, with little more effect than crumpled tinsel on a discarded tree. Such gloomy thoughts may cause us to […]

Isaiah 60:1-6: Shined On By Christ

Have you ever looked out the window and marveled on one of those winter nights when a full moon lights up the entire sky?  But no matter how brightly that moon may shine, it has no light of its own.  If there were no sun, the moon would be dark, as dark as dark can […]

Matthew 5:13-20: You are Light; You are Salt

Picture a world shrouded in the deepest of darkness and gloom, stifling everyone and everything.  But this darkness is not physical, it’s spiritual.  You see this world in your mind’s eye, and it’s a hostile place full of hurt and pain.  The powerful oppress the poor, prying loose the last penny from their hands.  Although […]

1st John, Lesson 1

Introductions Author: The earliest Church traditions we have about the authorship of 1st John is that the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee, is the author.  Even more, 1st John is so similar to the Gospel of John in language, style, and theology that few have ever disputed that both books have the same author. […]


Intro Epiphany is God showing us His Son, Jesus–not just for the Jews–but as the Savior of the whole world.  And so Epiphany becomes the Gentiles’ Christmas.  Epiphany is God further revealing, unfolding, and unwrapping His earlier Christmas gift for all people.   In God’s Christmas gift of His Son to us, we have received […]