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Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy: Jesus Christ and the Prodigal Son

Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy: Jesus Christ and the Prodigal Son

by Nora Moore Hess The Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have made a truly exceptional recording of the following Mormon hymn. I heard it yesterday on their broadcast, and then I listened to it on iTunes again and again:   Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy Brightly beams our Father’s mercy From His lighthouse evermore, But to us He gives the keeping Of the lights along the shore. Let the lower lights be burning; Send a gleam across the wave. Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save. (“Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy,” Hymns #335) Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Thirsting for the Living Waters of Jesus Christ

Thirsting for the Living Waters of Jesus Christ

Experiencing Living Waters: Jesus Christ Quenches Our Spiritual Thirst While working as a seminary teacher–a religious youth instructor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently referred to by the media as the “Mormon Church”)– I heard the analogy that in our fallen state, each of us is like a person stranded in a burning desert, dying of thirst. At the point of complete exhaustion and dehydration, we suddenly notice a pitcher of cold water sitting on top of a sand dune. If we choose to crawl to the water and drink it, we can be saved. In this example, what actually saves us? Is it our own efforts to crawl to the water, or is it the water itself? While our efforts to crawl to the water are necessary and essential, they alone cannot save us. only the water possesses the elements sufficient to sustain life. We can crawl to the ends of the earth, but without the life-saving elements contained in the water, there is no salvation. My carnal-minded... Read the rest of this entry »

What Did Jesus Teach About Prayer?

What Did Jesus Teach About Prayer?

The New Testament authors, who provide the earliest reliable information about Jesus of Nazareth, noted that Jesus Christ often prayed during his life, especially at critical points in his ministry (Luke 5:16; 9:28). Additionally, the Gospels also provide information about what Jesus taught about prayer.  For example, Jesus told his disciples, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9-10).  This is a glorious promise, one that applies moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day.  It is understated, and perhaps by some, underexamined and underutilized.  Prayer is the means by which we develop our relationship with God and the Savior, and by which he is enabled to offer the additional assistance he freely loves to give. Prayer is the conduit to God’s power, his perspective, and his... Read the rest of this entry »

What is a parable?

What is a parable?

A parable, literally a comparison (Greek parabole), relates the essence of things rather than the ways things exist in fact. For that reason, parables transcend the limits of time and have meaning in an ever-changing world. The New Testament uses a loose definition of a parable when compared with the more restricted sense held by Greek thinkers. Instead, “parable” in the New Testament can describe an extended metaphor, an allegory, or a true narrative parable. The New Testament follows closely the tradition set forth in the Jewish scriptures (Hebrew or Old Testament) that a parable is anything that compares two objects to one another. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” as a parable (Mark 3:23), while using the same terminology to speak of the Parable of the Sower. The predominance of parables in the New Testament reveals that the parable was a favorite teaching method of Jesus Christ, providing the modern reader with a window into who he really was and how he viewed... Read the rest of this entry »

What are the names of Jesus’ parables?

What are the names of Jesus’ parables?

Surprisingly, only two of Jesus Christ’s parables are given names in the text or manuscripts of the New Testament: the “parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:18) and the “parable of the tares of the field” (Matthew 13:36). The other parables bear names that are the result of being described in commentaries, chapter headings in printed Bibles, and secondary discussions. Originally, these other parables had no standardized names. The importance of this information is that the interpretation of the parables has been inextricably linked with their names. The title “the Prodigal Son,” for example, focuses on the wayward son who squanders his father’s inheritance. In reality, however, the parable of the Prodigal Son is about a loving father who has two wayward sons, one who departs and repents and one who becomes hardhearted through jealousy. Perhaps the original intent was to show the love of a father, but unfortunately this intent is obscured through... Read the rest of this entry »