The Glories of the Gospel

MAKOTO FUJIMURA's Images of Grace --The Four Gospel Frontpieces, Charis-Kairos (The Tears of Christ) 80x64", Mineral Pigments, Gold on Belgium Linen]
MAKOTO FUJIMURA’s Images of Grace –The Four Gospel Frontpieces, Charis-Kairos (The Tears of Christ) 80×64″, Mineral Pigments, Gold on Belgium Linen]

The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not look like it has great power in the culture of North America right now. But ‘what seems to be’ does not always reflect reality. Jesus said so. One of His shortest parables is also one of His most encouraging.

So if you are discouraged over what you see around you, believe Him not what ‘seems to be.’ Believe Him and keep telling your friends and family, and neighbors and enemies the gospel. It and He remain the worlds greatest hope for peace now and eternal life with Him, the most glorious person in the universe.

Go to The Glories of the Gospel for more.

A Modern Parable: They are Outside the Castle

A Parable of Castles and Servants

Neuschwanstein Castle-Bavaria  (not far from my ancestral home in Germany)
Neuschwanstein Castle-Bavaria
(not far from my ancestral home in Germany)

“The castle was just over the hill off the main highway leading to the city. I lived on its outskirts but I could see its tallest spire. Weekly celebrations were the norm there.

We could see the throngs going in and coming out every first day of the week but my kin were never invited. Too rough a crowd I guess for the castle’s joyful citizens whose secrets and fellowship were reserved for those born to her privilege.

Their king, who some said was good, never seemed to leave his castle’s vaulted interiors.

Nor did he seem willing to share his bounty with those outside its beautiful exterior.

As for my family and the other outsiders in my village–we wondered both if he was good and even if he WAS.  Surely a good king would send help to us?

Our lives were so . . . there really isn’t a word for our lives—a hundred thousand words wouldn’t be enough.

We were the lost, …

the forgotten, …

the last thought of.

But one day, finally, an emissary of the king came.

Everything changed after that.

Everything.

“Let the citizens of castles and the vassals of the King have ears to hear.”

© 2013, Marty Schoenleber, Jr.

Neuschwanstein_Castle-GermanyNew Home from Old - A man's CastleNew Churches - another type of castleRelated: Parables for a Sleeping Church