What do a Chestnut tree, twinkies and the customer being right have to do with Palm Sunday? Pastor Jim uses them in stories to explain the blight on humanity and how Jesus came to make it right.
There's a big difference between being a fan and being a follower. Christ followers build their lives on the foundation of a relationship with Jesus. If the foundation is anything else, it will eventually fail and start showing up in the cracks. When was the last time you checked your foundation?
The man in this story had a good life: he worked hard and was rewarded with overflowing crops. His planned for a worry free future, but he never got to live it. Pastor Jim encourages us to really live life, not just work for a future you can't control. How? By investing in relationships with God and others.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus talks about the four kinds of people (soil) that encounter the seed of God. We have no control over the seed, but we can choose to be the kind of soil that receives the seed and enables it to grow.
Have you ever wondered how evil grows in what should be safe, holy places? In this parable from Jesus, we learn God's wisdom and warning about weeds growing alongside wheat in a field. The question is: which will you be?