Snapshots

Snapshots

In the series "Snapshots", Dr. James Merritt takes a fresh look at eight of Jesus' parables and highlights their importance to us today. Discover new insights from these timeless messages, and begin to see the world through the lens of grace. Learn how to practically apply key truths from the teachings of Jesus.

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Snapshots
  • Welcome Home - June 14, 2015

    If you've gone to church very long, you've heard the parable of the prodigal son. And, though the focus has likely been on the son that left home, we need to take a closer look at both the son who stayed and the father who loved them. Each son had a big problem. One was unrighteous and the other...

  • What Do You See? - June 21, 2015

    Times have changed. There's no doubt about it. Our culture has gotten a lot better in some ways. But in others, not so much. When it comes to getting involved, getting our hands dirty, and sharing our resources with those in need, we often turn our backs and walks away- all the while rationalizi...

  • Everything Counts - June 28, 2015

    Let's be honest. When it comes right down to it, a lie is a lie- whether it's a "little white lie" or a "big fat" lie. The same goes for good stewardship. The Bible teaches that how we manage the little things is a direct indicator of how we will manage the big things. God looks at how we stewar...

  • Who is Right? - July 5, 2015

    We've all done it. We compare ourselves to one person and feel quite superior, or we compare ourselves to another and instantly feel like a failure. It's a very ugly cycle to get into, and one that God never intended. Comparing ourselves to others is never going to give us the right image of who ...

  • Just Grace - July 12, 2015

    It's Not Fair!" How many times have our children said that? Better yet, how many times WE have you said that? What a warped definition of fairness we have. With everything centered on a "Me-mentality", it's easy to see how we got here. But, God's definition of fairness is very different than ours...

  • No Excuse - July 19, 2015

    Procrastination. It's so common that many of us don't know how to function any other way. We put off all kinds of things and give all kinds of excuses. We postpone work, chores, and doctor appointments. but putting off certain things can turn into really big mistakes. Postponing quality time w...

  • Determining Your Destiny - July 26, 2015

    Hindsight is 20/20. If only we could go back and change about half of the decisions we've made, we'd probably jump at the chance. But the reality is that there's only one decision that will change everything forever. It doesn't matter how much money we make, how many people we're nice to, or how ...

  • Lost - August 2, 2015

    When we spend most of our time around other Christ-followers, it's very easy to become judgmental toward those who are lost. We can lose sight of how our heavenly Father really feels about them. The Bible teaches that He rejoices more over one lost soul coming into the Kingdom than over 99 of us ...