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September 2016 Message PDF Print E-mail

Jesus - A Master Storyteller

by Pastor Ron Wiese



During the months of September and October, the Gospel Lessons for each Sunday are taken from the Gospel of St. Luke. They will be serving as the basis for the sermons at Messiah during these two months. Most of these Gospel Lessons are either parables or stories that Jesus told. And each one of them has an important lesson for our lives today. 


What is a “parable”? It is not a fable, allegory, analogy or simply storytelling. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a parable as “comparison; short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle. Dr. Martin Sharlemann in his book Proclaiming the Parables defines a parable as a story from daily life in which the hearer “is confronted by the necessity of making up his mind about Jesus Himself.” It was a story that Jesus told to get people thinking, to “confront” his listeners without being “confrontational.” It was one of Jesus’ favorite ways to show people their sins and their need of forgiveness and power from God that would enable them to live that new life that God wants for all His sons and daughters.   


The stories being highlighted in the Sunday services in September and October include some of the most well-known stories that Jesus told. They include: 


· September 4 – The story of a man building a tower 

· September 11 – Parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin 

· September 18 – Story of the dishonest manager 

· September 25 - Story of the rich man and Lazarus 

· October 2 – Story of the Sycamine tree 

· October 9 – The account of Jesus healing the ten lepers 

· October 16 – Parable of the persistent widow 

· October 23 – Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector 


Jesus was a master story teller, keeping the interest of people while also leading them to consider which person they were in the story. It was one of Jesus’ most effective means of teaching the disciples and the crowds that He was the Messiah Who came to suffer and die on the cross, and rise again to bring all people the gift of forgiveness of sins, new life now and eternal life in heaven.  His stories still resonate in our own lives today. 


I invite you to join us at Messiah on Sunday mornings in September and October as we listen to the stories of Jesus and the memorable lessons we can gain for our own lives.








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Sample ImagePastor Steve was born and raised in Oregon. After graduating from Willamette University with degrees in German and International Studies, he worked in various vocations that taught him how to work in teams with diverse people.  As a project manager in the computer tech industry in the 90’s, he began to feel God’s call to become a pastor. In 2003, he took a huge leap of faith, selling his business and two homes to drive to Saint Louis for the first time and begin Seminary training.



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