Jesus was the supreme storyteller. It was not only in the way he told his stories but also the basis and the origin of the stories themselves that make it all nothing less than extra-terrestrial. By that I truly mean that they are out of this world. This is what makes these stories most special. Their origin was from above. These stories were spoken from firsthand experience and witness. They have the greatest and highest inspiration. Their highest claim is that they are the very communication of God Himself.I have added aspects of the time and place of these stories story but not to detract from the truth of each parable, remaining faithful to the text. These stories should be read so that this most wonderful knowledge and wisdom cam be shared. They are stories of spiritual truth through the earthly pictures that Jesus paints with his words. At the start of each story there are scripture references given where each story is to be found in the gospels. Some parables appear in more than on gospel and each writer may have had a slightly different perspective in their retelling for us. It is valuable to read the originals as well which has promise of reading other scriptures to get more from this wonderful, supernatural book, the Bible.At the beginning of each story I have included an original illustration to add a visual aspect to each story and the to the book as a whole.May these stories bring a deeper understanding as they have done over so many years to so many countless people, and may your life, reader and listener be enriched by this unique and matchless man who walked the earth among us to bring heaven to the earth."34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world." Matthew 13:34-35(KJV)Yes, Jesus was telling us things that had never in the history of the world had been spoken about before.
This new addition to the ever-popular Lift-the-Flap series is illustrated by a popular children 's artist. With more than forty flaps to open (and surprises to find underneath), children can join in the thrill of discovery as they uncover the lessons in Jesus' parables.
One morning, Rabbit discovers a birthday parcel addressed to him. Inside is a Bible and on the flyleaf is written 'Read Me'. As he wonders at this odd present a brightly painted gypsy-style caravan hurtles down the road... and narrowly misses him. Rabbit picks up the book and joins the caravan travellers - Fred the horse, Caravan Bear and Whitby (female) the dog.The Animal's Caravan, has echoes of children's classics such as Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland as Rabbit leaves his home to set out on an unexpected journey - a journey to find friendship and make sense of the world around him. He also finds himself on a journey of faith as he and his new friends wrestle with some of the often difficult concepts in the bible, thereby gaining fresh insights and understanding of God's loving involvement and care for the world.The travelling life of the caravan and its occupants provide the opportunity for Rabbit to share these tales with other animals they meet and they join Caravan Bear, Whitby and Freddie in listening - and learning from - the stories. He is frequently interrupted by questions from his listeners, the kind of questions any child - or adult - might ask.The real and often humorous events that happen to Rabbit and his friends are mirrored by the stories from the Bible enabling children to realise that the stories have relevance and meaning today.
Pastor-teacher John MacArthur helps readers understand Jesus’ parables and how they relate to the whole of His message. Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures with profound spiritual lessons. Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for followers of Jesus. Jesus told parables so His people might comprehend His message about the kingdom of God clearly. Master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur has spent a lifetime explaining the Word of God in clear and comprehensible terms. In Parables he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known.
The Stories Jesus Told Lessons from the Parables of Jesus "And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying..." (Matthew 13:3) "Hey, did you hear the one about . . . !" Jesus was a great storyteller! In fact, the best! His stories were God- inspired and designed to bring revelation, inspiration, education, and even conviction. They were crafted to be easily remembered, as the characters were bold and narratives rich in symbolic meaning. Storytelling was Jesus' favorite method of teaching. His primary reason was to open up the mysteries of God's Kingdom to His faithful followers, especially His immediate Twelve Disciples, while concealing these divine secrets from His antagonists. At one point in His ministry, Jesus did not teach without the inclusion of a story. His stories were spoken with simplistic language that utilized familiar situations, events, and things that were common: birds, flowers, loss, livestock, farming, debt, family, inheritance, wealth, investment, servanthood, service, marriage, relationship, charity, character, prayer, Heaven, Hell, and so much more. These stories were known as parables. Each have one central point that differ from storyline to storyline, but all intended to explain what the Kingdom of God is like, as well as what is expected of those so privileged to be a part of the Kingdom family. This book contains lessons from selected parables of Jesus as dictated by the Holy Spirit-exciting lessons-informative lessons-inspirational lessons. Lessons that are sure to uplift, encourage, educate, and stimulate thought, emotion, and conversation. Enjoy. Be Edified. Read and learn from the Master Storyteller-JESUS!
Everyone loves a story. And Jesus' audience was no different from ours today. Using the parable (which the author defines as "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning") to teach his followers basic truths, lessons in right and wrong, so to speak, was a mark of Jesus' ministry. Some -- like the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son -- are quite familiar, while others-such as the beggar Lazarus at the rich man's gate-are less so. "The images Jesus in his parables, " the author says, "are so simple that they can be understood by children, yet so profound that scholars are still pondering them twenty centuries later." John Jay Hughes has chosen fourteen stories for this book of meditations, whose themes cover trust in God; social justice; human rights; the raising of the lowly; forgiveness; understanding; and more. The author's fresh spin on these familiar stories, his rich insight and ability to share concrete applications that speak to our culture and time, as well as the inclusion of pointed "Questions for Reflection" at the end of each meditation-essay, make this a companionable book for contemporary spiritual reading.
A retelling of the parables of Jesus, rewritten for children ages 6 and up. It has been my experience that children do not understand the parables, hence this book. The stories are told simply in the words of Our Lord, except that some of archaic language was changed, and customs of the time are explained to help overcome some of the confusion. Each story ends with a brief explanation of the basic meaning. Each story is accompanied by artwork from the great masters depicting the story.
Kids learn about God's compassion and His commandment to love one another in this illustrated parable of the Good Samaritan. Emotive and historically accurate illustrations paired with the New International Version text make it easy for children to understand Jesus's story.
The parables of Jesus—like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Laborers in the Vineyard—make up the most distinctive element of his teaching and are essential to our common memory of Jesus. However, almost all of them open themselves to multiple interpretations, leaving interpreters to scratch their heads and argue with one another for centuries. In this book, Greg Carey explores six of Jesus’ stories to understand how to read them, interpret them, and understand what they mean for our own lives today. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.
These Visual Bible EZ Lessons follow the format introduced in The Power and the Presence: The Miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (2002) and Unforgettable Lessons: The Sermon on the Mount (2002).In Stories Jesus Told: The Parables of Jesus from Matthew, four lessons offer a survey study of the seventeen parables of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Hosted again by Pastor/Author David Jeremiah, these studies emphasize the primary themes that Jesus emphasized in his stories. Groups will gain fresh insight into Jesus' teaching as they discuss the following sets of parables: The Master Teacher: Four parables of Jesus that tell us about God and heaven. God's Indescribable Gift: Four stories parables of Jesus that tell us about God's gracious gifts to us. Finders Keepers: Four parables of Jesus that help us learn about God and his infinite love for us. Thy Kingdom Come: Five parables of Jesus that help us learn about the ultimate arrival of the kingdom of heaven?
Teach children about God's unconditional love and forgiveness through this illustrated parable of the prodigal son. The text is taken directly from a kid-friendly version of Scripture and the realistic artwork makes it easy for children to follow the story.
by Betty Smith (Writer of Religious Stories for Children.)
This book explains the parables of Jesus for the Bible teacher and the busy pastor. Gives background and theology of the parables. Designed to help the bi-vocational pastor and the Bible teacher, and as a group study guide. Illustrated with modern stories from daily life as well as stories and sermons by the author.
A popular parable from the New Testament Book of Luke about a rich man who plans a party and invites lots of important guests. But when the day of the party arrives, the important guests all claim to be busy doing other things. Not wanting the food and drink to go to waste, the rich man extends the invitation to anyone who would like to join him, including the poor, the ill and the disabled. It turns out to be the best party the rich man has ever held! The message of this beautifully illustrated parable is that God loves us all and wants us all to share in the rewards of his love. This much-loved story from the New Testament is part of a series of parables, retold simply and clearly with beautifully illustrations and next steps at the back of the book to encourage further discussion. The perfect first introduction to Jesus' much-loved stories for young children.
A fresh exploration of ten of Jesus’ stories through the lives of real people living today. Author Michelle Van Loon grappled with what it means to live a believer’s life and found the answers through the people she met on the streets, in art galleries and coffee houses.