What makes a good parable? Great short parables about life let the reader to insert himself in the scenario and let him take a stance in the end. These have universality, as we have a fairly uniform set of morals regardless of our sect, race and orientation. Parables may be fictional in nature but the lessons it portray apply in real life. The New Testament is filled with these because Jesus Christ used parables to get across his teachings. Here are some parables about life that will leave you inspired.
Parables. Probably you have heard these in your Sunday schools or read such when you have your daily devotions. Jesus Christ used these as His device to spread the word of God. Examples of parables include The Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son and The Good Samaritan.
The parables are very intimate to His listeners back then as He told stories that are set in the agricultural first century life. Grand things such as the Kingdom of God were alluded in the characters’ everyday lives, making these very effective in teaching His lessons. You must note that parables normally teach a lesson or two. Overthinking will only make you lose its central point.
If you are regularly reading the Bible, you might notice the difference between the Old and the New Testament. The Old Testament is like a grand epic, where you visualize the highs and lows of Israel as a nation and its inconsistent relationship with Him. You witness a lot of people, and you covered thousands of years. Expecting the same with the New Testament, you started flipping the pages but was welcomed with Jesus telling parables in the Bible and their meaning.
Of course, the New Testament feels grounded in terms of storytelling. Aside from its overall message of forgiveness, Jesus used parables to remind people that they have to live righteously. He told stories about everyday people – a stark contrast from the jaw-dropping plotline of the Old Testament. These allow us to put ourselves in the shoes of these characters over a given parable. Our sense of morality is universal so even non-Christians can relate with the teachings of the parables. However, it is better if they will appreciate these in spiritual aspect.
Where to Start?
We know that children will never remember a story unless it catches their attention. That’s why you probably see Sunday school teachers retell Biblical tales in a way they will be enchanted. You can never go too deep or dark, because these only fly over their heads despite your best intentions. However, you also need to share short stories for Sunday schools that are God-centered, understandable and impactful.
The stories about God’s creation, Adam and Eve and Noah are staples in Sunday schools. However, you got 52 unique tales to tell week after week in a year. The Bible has no shortage of these, yet let us help you by giving some stories we think that will click to the kids come Sunday.
The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-10)
The Bible is not only known for life changing verses that give guidance but also for its stories that cover thousands of years. What is even more amazing is these tales boast broad themes but still manage to deliver a unifying message that all we do should be for the Lord. The Bible is a rich source of literature, and you can always pick new life lessons whenever you read it. Nonetheless, here some great short stories with biblical morals for you to enjoy.
The Manna – God’s Miracle to Israelites (Exodus 16:14-35)
The story of Moises and how he freed the Israelites from the Egyptians is one of the most famous in the Bible. Perhaps what we remembered most is their breathtaking escape by making a wall out of the Red Sea and the birth of the Ten Commandments. Yet Israelites found themselves hardships on their way to Canaan. They wandered through the desert for years and were on the verge of starvation. As fickle as humans can be, Israelites complained to Moises about their predicament. Some are even thinking that they were better off in Egypt. Then God gave something thin and flaky on the desert which was later called the manna. This story also gave emphasis on the importance of the Sabbath, the day on which people must rest and praise God. Read more “Take Five – Great Short Stories with Biblical Morals”
This is going to be a throwaway article if we say you simply need to claim your love for Jesus Christ to your future partner. Anyone can say that and many are using this guise to get a girl. However, actions speak louder than words. Our motive will be apparent later in the relationship. As Christians, we are not just dating for fun. We have marriage as the end in mind, that’s why we are doing this. Hence, we must emulate these characteristic traits of a godly man in a relationship.
You Are Selfless
Love is easy in the early stages of the relationship, but what happens once the initial spark is gone? The Bible dictates that a man should endure the test of time, and persevere the hard times. It has a specific instruction to love wives as much as our own bodies, just like what Jesus did for the Church. A godly man exhibits this behavior in the course of dating. Read more “Finding A Christian Boyfriend – Characteristic Traits of A Godly Man in A Relationship”
Are you new to dating? The thing is, you may already prepared the means to get along with the girl you are interested with. Probably some of you have already been into relationships and these did not work out in the end. Perhaps you have seen a bunch of articles about contemporary dating in the internet. You may be asking yourself some what-ifs and what went wrong despite following these pieces of advice. We are not in the position to say what you did was right or wrong but what we know is the Biblical way of dating. Now, it is time to reinforce some good Christian dating principles.
Date versus Dating
Yes, there are a lot of guys out there who can capture your fancy. There are tall, dark and handsome guys, there are also the sporty kind of guy who got killer bod and there are also the nerdy types and rich guys. However, no matter how many “fishes” there are in the ocean, when you select to date a Christian guy, you’ll have less likely of getting your heart broken.
Don’t settle for just anyone. Settle for the right Christian guy. Why? Below are the reasons why.
He’s Willing to Wait for the Wedding Honeymoon
I’m not saying that all Christian guys are willing to curb their sexual intimacy when they are in a relationship. However, there is more chance that they would agree than to disagree. Christian guys were taught the value of purity. They know the many reasons for the need to wait for the wedding night.
As I just mentioned, when it comes to a Christian guy, they were more prone to agreeing to wait till the wedding night than most guys. When a Christian man is no longer playing around and is into a serious relationship, he would definitely agree to postpone any sexual intimacy until their honeymoon. These type of Christian guys are the one who are seriously looking for someone to settle on. Because if they won’t do this with you, that only means that they’re just playing around. Aside from this, there are also guys who are serious about their purity. You can’t see this type of men outside the Christian beliefs though. Read more “Why Wait for the Right Christian Guy?”