Stories that Changed the World: SM041-050

Jesus journeys in Perea and tells some of the most unforgettable stories that will define his mission and change the world including The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father and The Beggar at the Gate.


Stories of The Master

The story of Jesus and the stories he told come alive for the modern listener. Jonathan Williams weaves in cultural and historical details that help us understand who Jesus is and why he came to this world.

The Master Who Served His Slaves - SM041

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Jesus told the crowds they should not fear or worry, should share their provisions with the poor, and above all else seek the kingdom of God. But what was the kingdom like? In this story, Jesus shocks the people by telling about a master who did the unthinkable.

Slashing Swords, Crashing Buildings - SM042

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A group of men came to Jesus and reported what Pilate had done - killed Jewish men in the temple while they were offering their sacrifices to God. It was time for revenge! But Jesus had a different perspective on what his people should be concerned about.

The Crooked Woman - SM043

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Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath and a woman walks into the service who has been afflicted with a deformity for 18 years. The synagogue leaders are watching closely to see what Jesus will do. What does Jesus do?

Excuses, Lies, and Insults! - SM044

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Jesus is at lunch with Pharisees on the Sabbath. They are not happy that he heals a man. This leads to a discussion about the great banquet of God, a story about excuses, and who will be in the kingdom and who will be excluded.

Lost! - SM045

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Jesus is hosting a meal for sinners and tax collectors. The Pharisees grumble about this and Jesus replies with two famous stories about valuable commodities that were lost and found.

The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father - SM046 pt1

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After he tells the story of the lost sheep and the lost coin Jesus tells a story about a lost son. But will the religious leaders understand?

The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father - SM047 pt2

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Jesus continues the story, this time about the older son who stayed to work the family farm. But who does this son represent, and is he more lost than the one who ran away?

The Prodigal Son and His Prodigal Father - SM048 pt3

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The story of the two sons and their loving father presents deep lessons for every person to hear about receiving the forgiveness of God. But will we receive his complete forgiveness?

The Servant Who Tricked His Master - SM049

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Jesus tells a story about a dishonest estate manager who gets himself fired. Yet his quick thinking saves his life, his reputation, and honors the wealthy landowner in one bold move. What did the manager do and how does it become an example for us?

The Beggar at the Gate - SM050

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Jesus tries to break through the hard hearts of money-loving religious leaders by telling a story of a rich man and a poor beggar who lay at his gate. It appears one is blessed and one is cursed until they die and discover the truth about what God values the most.

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Appearances of angels, miraculous conceptions, scandalous rumors, surprised shepherds, prophecies in the temple, strange visitors from the east, deranged tyrants, staying one step ahead of death - this is the true story of Advent.
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A voice in the wilderness shatters the silence of 400 years – “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” A quiet figure comes for baptism, the heavens open and God’s voice is heard on earth again. Miracles follow – the sick are healed, the lame walk, the blind see, the dead are raised, and sinners forgiven. Who is this Jesus? What was his vision for his people and the world?
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Holy Week

He entered Jerusalem to the praise of the people. Five days later he was nailed to a Roman cross. Walk through the final week and discover the unexpected ending that changed the world forever.
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