April 29, 2012 – Preview

We live by metaphors. “I’m waiting for my knight in shining armor.” “She’s the apple of my eye!” Metaphors make things simple and clear. There are many metaphors in the Bible, such as, Jesus is the way. People flocked to Jesus. He taught them using common everyday stories – metaphors. The Bible calls them parables.

But parables can be confusing. It sometimes seems that Jesus doesn’t want the crowd to understand. You have to seek Him for further information. Oh, He will tell you! But you must press in and listen closely. That is sometimes a challenge in our busy lives. But, hearing Jesus’ message is so filled with blessing it is worth it. Come Sunday as we “press in” to catch the glorious message in one of those parables. (That’s a metaphor!)

The choir sings “The Sower,” composed by Vicar John Hartley of St. Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, Bradford, UK, and arranged by our own Steve Bayless.

To prepare read Mark 4:1-20