by Janet Denison
Thursday, 09 May 2013
told the 911 operator: "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here. I'm free now." Most of us take our freedom for granted in this country. Most of us take our freedom in Christ for granted as well. We don't tend to think about freedom until a story like Amanda's is in the news. She went missing the day before her 17th birthday and most people had given up ever seeing her again. Sadly, her mom died never knowing her daughter was still alive. Amanda, her daughter and two other women are free today because of a neighbor who heard her screams and came to the rescue. Their abductor, a school bus driver, is now in jail. The neighborhood is rejoicing because those who had been lost, are found.
Jesus loved to teach using parables, simple stories with a spiritual lesson. Surrounded by tax collectors, sinners, disciples and the Pharisees, Jesus told two of his most famous parables. Luke 15:1-7
is the parable of the lost sheep and Luke 15:8-10
is the parable of the lost coin. Jesus spoke to a diverse crowd of people, and his parables applied to each of their lives with equal diversity. Chances are, you are surrounded by the same type of crowd that Jesus taught. What parables are you teaching?