By Ben Disney
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! --Dr. Seuss
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. --Antoine de Saint Exupery
The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it. --Frederick Buechner
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like…” --Mark 4:26
Jesus didn’t draw pictures when describing something new; instead he reached deep into his toolbox and used the words. But the words he used painted a picture far beyond anything that could ever be produced on canvas. Whenever you hear Jesus saying “The kingdom of God is like…”, it would be wise to listen carefully. He’s giving you a rare glimpse into the world God envisions for all of us; the way it ought to be, or could be.
This Sunday we’ll embark on a journey to dig deeper into the stories Jesus tells to describe what the kingdom of God looks like. We call them parables.
One theologian refers to them as literary Trojan horses. Instead of a simple tale that even a child could understand, the parables of Jesus are more like a Trojan horse that finds its way inside of you innocently enough, but then explodes the way you normally think about life, faith, and God.
Come and join us this coming Sunday as we begin a new series “The Kingdom of God is Like…” -- Imagining What Could Be.
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