In the last week of His earthly ministry, Jesus told a parable about investments—specifically, how His followers should handle the gifts they've been given until He returns. We know this lesson as "the parable of the talents." It's the story of a man who went on a long journey and entrusted three of his servants with a share of his wealth before he left. To one servant he gave five talents, to another he gave two, and to the third he gave one. Unequal measures—based presumably on nothing but the master's arbitrary choice.
The man who had five talents immediately put his master's money to work and earned five more. Likewise, the servant with two doubled his share. But the one to whom the least amount was given went and buried his single talent. Apparently, he wanted to make sure he didn't lose his master's money. The master's response to these three servants is not...
This month, please join us in prayer for:
- the forty new Walk Thru the Old & New Testament instructors who were trained last month. Pray for opportunities for them to schedule events this fall and ignite passion for God's Word in churches throughout the U.S. and Canada.
- our global leaders as they begin the process to launch God's Grand Story internationally. The goal is to reach 3,396,500 people in 15,525 churches in 38 languages in 81 countries. Please pray for God to bless this project and for doors to open for our global leaders and instructors.
In a classroom on the shores of Lake Michigan, 200 adults are diligently practicing the Old Testament hand signs. A few buildings away, 70 students are doing a youth version of the same routine—with enough energy and flair to emphatically distinguish them from their parents. And in yet another building, the younger children are learning them faster than everyone.
Later in the day, after class is over, these same groups of learners will informally rehearse the Bible overview with various friends and family members—some on the wooded grounds along the lake, some during mealtime, and some in the course of normal conversation. It becomes a challenge, a game, even a friendly competition. By the end of the week, several generations will