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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Be Productive ‘Til Jesus Returns!”

January 18th, 2019

The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Okay, what the heck is a talent? "A talent of silver contained 3,000 shekels ( Exodus 38:25 Exodus 38:26 ), and was equal to 94 3/7 lbs. avoirdupois. The Greek talent, however, as in the LXX., was only 82 1/4 lbs." (https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/talent/) WOW! That's a lot of silver! The Master certainly wasn't skimping when he entrusted such a large amount to his servants. Jesus also gives us tremendous amounts of "talent" and asks us to use them to bring Him a return on His investment in us. What does that mean? Why does Jesus link being productive with His return? Listen for a fresh take on this well-known parable!

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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Be Prepared For Jesus’ Return!”

January 10th, 2019

Yeah, a lot of people joke about Jesus coming back...and in a really bad mood. But Jesus' return is no joke. He clearly taught that after a time away with His Father, He would return as Israel's King. Jesus said that there would be a waiting period from the time He left and His return and likened it to a 1st c. wedding celebration and the accompanying bridal attendants - the Ten Virgins. They knew the bridegroom was on his way, but how were they supposed to handle a "delay"? The point of the parable is BE PREPARED! But what does that mean? This question is even more crucial for us as we see the clear signs of Jesus' return - Israel's rebirth, Jerusalem coming under Jewish control, and the earthly events Jesus shares in Matthew 24 (and the other Gospels). How are we to be prepared for His return and not be excluded from His kingdom?

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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “God’s Gracious Pay For Joining His Workers!”

January 4th, 2019

The Parable of the Vineyard Workers - How many times have you heard children objecting like this - "Hey! He got more than me! That's not FAIR!!" And then the fight is on. When we receive what we haven't earned, that's grace. When someone decides to do something nice for another "just because", that's grace. Some Christians serve the Lord for many years before they die and enter God's heavenly realm. Others live like hell on earth only to give their last remaining few years, months, days, even minutes to the Lord and receive God's kingdom in the same full measure that Jesus' long-time servants receive. This parable is not about how much we do, but that we join the kingdom. Yes, there are rewards that come to us for what we have done as disciples in this life. But ALL believers receiver the same kingdom regardless of when in life they embrace Jesus. Take a listen and be encouraged!

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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Forgiveness Galore!” pt 2

December 21st, 2018

Forgiveness - so highly sought, so grudgingly given! Last week Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talked about God's Kingdom Truth regarding forgiveness as revealed in the Parable of the Forgiving King. Jay and Larry continue their Friday morning forgiveness discussion with two central questions - How can I forgive others? and What are the roadblocks to forgiveness? Powerful stuff that we pray helps set you free!

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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Forgiveness Galore!”

December 14th, 2018

Forgiveness - so highly sought, so grudgingly given! Our forgiveness with God depends on how we forgive others. Jesus said so. So many Christians cry for God's forgiveness, yet harbor unforgiveness in their hearts toward others. Jesus had some powerful things to say about this heart attitude and how His disciples were to openly and freely forgive others. How far does this go? What about people who refuse to forgive the forgiver? Awesome questions. Ready for some freshly-brewed thoughts and ideas to ponder?

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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - A Treasure Beyond Measure

December 7th, 2018

What would YOU be willing to give to have the greatest treasure ever! That's what Jesus is getting at in these parables. Now you've probably heard them more than a few times, but you probably haven't heard them with a rich Jewish background! Take a moment with your favorite hot beverage (or iced, machts nicht! ["doesn't matter" in German]) and enjoy these beautiful parables that describe how awesomely valuable and desireable God's kingdom is.

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Kingdom Truths from Jesus’ Parables - “Can’t Stop God’s Kingdom!”

November 30th, 2018

Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their talk about Kingdom Truths from Jesus' parables. Jesus shows His disciples that God's Kingdom is UNSTOPPABLE! And it will keep growing until the time of the "big catch," when Jesus returns and separates the righteous from the unrighteous. Some say the "church" is shrinking today because many churches in the U.S. are closing (as if the US churches are the be all and end all of God's kingdom!). There is truth to that. BUT God's kingdom started growing in a new way on the day of Pentecost and will continue to grow until it completely FILLS the earth. Take a listen!

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Kingdom Truth from Jesus’ Parables - Wheat and Tares

November 23rd, 2018

What is God's Kingdom like? Jesus answers it with wonderful pictures revealing profound truths! Join Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they jump into the Kingdom parables to find these awesome truths from a 1st century Jewish context and how they greatly encourage us to pursue God's Kingdom with everything we have!

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The Compassionate Father and Mistaken Sons

November 14th, 2018

How about a fresh look at the Prodigal Son parable? Understanding the 1st c. Jewish cultural background of this parable brings it alive in a whole new way! AND it takes the focus off the sons and places it where Jesus wanted it to be...on the FATHER. Check this podcast out and be ready to erupt in praise for our wonderful Heavenly Father!

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Interview with Dr. Jim Solberg = Bridges For Peace, pt 2

November 9th, 2018

This is part 2 of Jay the Truth Barista's talk with Dr. Jim Solberg, the National Director for Bridges For Peace, USA. Bridges For Peace is a ministry of Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world! (check them out here --> https://www.bridgesforpeace.com/) Today's podcast sheds light on the very difficult topic of Christian antisemitism and how we can work together to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish people. Listen and learn how YOU can become a a strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish people at home and world-wide! And be sure to check out the Truth Barista resource page for great resources from Bridges For Peace!

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