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July 30, 2017


1 Kings 3:5-12
In these verses from 1 Kings, God appears to King Solomon in a dream. Given the chance to ask of God anything he wants, Solomon asks for “an understanding mind” to govern the people, and the ability to “discern between good and evil.” Solomon’s request for wisdom rather than riches pleases God, and God grants Solomon a “wise and discerning mind.”

Romans 8:26-39
These reassuring words from Paul ask the questions, “If God is for us, who is against us?” and, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” It is Paul’s conclusion that there is nothing in all creation that is able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
We find in these verses from Matthew, six very short parables. Five of the six parables begin with the words, “The kingdom of heaven is like…” and then Jesus goes on to use an example from everyday life to make a startling comparison to the kingdom of heaven. There are themes of hidden treasure, abundance, and transformation.

Sermon Notes
There is much to contemplate in the parables from Matthew. Each of the six parables is short – just a verse or two – but things aren’t always what they seem on the surface. Sometimes we need to delve deeper in order to seek and uncover the hidden treasures in the parables. Let’s do that together.

Shalom, Pastor Lisa Bowersock