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"The Greatest Stories Ever Told" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

A recent survey showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bible holds the answers to "all or most of life's basic questions." In spite of that, pollster George Gallup has called us "a nation of biblical illiterates." Only fifty percent of American adults know the title of even one Gospel. Most cannot name the first book of the Bible.

Certainly, the Bible is the most influential book ever written. It is the best-selling book of all time. According to one estimate, Shakespeare alluded to Scripture nearly 1,300 times.

It is a book of poetry, historical narrative, symbolism, letters, prayers, prophecy, genealogy, parables. But our faith is that it is God-breathed. It is the most unique book ever written.

Some of the greatest stories ever told are found in the pages of Matthew, Mark and Luke in the New Testament. Jesus told these stories that we call parables because he wanted to communicate with every day people in a real and meaningful way, to really communicate. These stories have held their power and influence across the centuries.

Beginning this Sunday at First United Methodist Church, we will examine and study some of these amazing stories that Jesus told. If you are not active in a church, I invite you to join us as we grow in our faith together.

The Psalmist affirmed, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119: 105) May this be true for our lives every single day.

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