Sunday Preview

February 21, 2013

I want to thank those of you who prayed for me to be healed from the eye infection I have battled for the last two weeks. For six days my eye got worse in spite of prayer, good doctors and lots of medicine. After a painful lancing, it began to heal. By the grace of God I’m a lot better now and looking forward to being with you all this Sunday for our worship services.

My sermon this week is called, “Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven” from Mark 1:9-11 and Matthew 13:44-52. In order to understand these parables we must recognize that Jesus is not talking about heaven as the place you go when you die, because he said, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17) The kingdom of heaven is a reward that begins here in this world for people who follow Christ.

Every parable Jesus used to describe heaven illuminates the reality of heaven’s blessings. Sometimes Jesus is talking about the power and potential of heaven. Some parables declare the value of the Kingdom of heaven, and others describe the ultimate justice of God. These truths were so precious and deep that Jesus didn’t want unbelievers and scoffers to understand what he was saying. He was revealing things to his disciples that had been hidden from mankind since the beginning of time. As I study these parables the Holy Spirit is showing me things about God’s Kingdom that I have never understood before. One of the great joys of following Christ is the way he can open up new things to each of us as we continue to follow him.

One Response to “Sunday Preview”

  1. Dear Mark: Glad your eye has healed and thank you for the message. Kristina may also know that Golden Seal is a good supplement to take for infection. It is a natural antibiotic.
    Blessings today. Lauren and Stephen Allegra

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