- Come Follow Me Matthew 13 // Parables
"Why teach in parables? To hide the real meaning. That's right. To hide the meaning. Why would Jesus want to hide the meaning of his parables from the people listening?"
What a great conversation that might be in a Come Follow Me discussion group this week. If you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments below.
Please make sure to check out the link to the Joseph Smith quotes about the parables and how the connect to the restoration of the gospel. You can find them in the Come Follow Me 2023 manual for Individuals and Families.
Also, you should check out this video on the parable of the wheat and tares. (You can skip the first few seconds with clips of bugs) Your class/family might enjoy it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K301BL0-vKs32m | Mar 17, 2023
- Come Follow Me // Matthew 11-12 & Luke 11
Hey everyone, welcome back to Take a Second for Come Follow Me. So glad we get to join you for a little Come Follow Me study this week. This week we get to talk about coming to Christ for yourself; how John the Baptist was more than just a prophet; sign seeking vs. sign recognizing; easy and heavy burdens; and so much more.40m | Mar 10, 2023
- Mark 5 // Take a Second for Come Follow Me 2023
Today we get to discuss the woman with the issue of blood, Jarius' daughter, and access to God's power. The healing power of Jesus Christ is a fundamental part of the gospel message from the New Testament. He went around healing physical issues as evidence of His ultimate mission to remedy all spiritual ailments.
In Mark 5, there is an account of two unique girls/women. One, having suffered with a bleeding issue for over 12 years and the second facing a much more recent, but also more life-threatening illness. Jesus Christ comes to the aid of the second, but the first woman seeks Christ.36m | Mar 2, 2023
- Matthew 8 & Mark 2-4
Jesus Christ is THE healer. President Howard W. Hunter said that anything Christ touches lives. This week we get to spend time focusing on a number of different circumstances where President Hunter's words are realized. As you study the Savior's healing touch, ask yourself, "Out of all the miracles that Jesus Christ must have performed during his ministry, why did this one make it into the recorded word of God?" In each of these experiences, there is something for us to learn about the Savior and our relationship with Him.43m | Feb 22, 2023
- Come Follow Me Matthew 6-7 // Take a Second
The Sermon on the Mount PART 2! As the Savior continues His sermon, it is important to remember that there is no break in the sermon between chapter 5 and 6 or 6 and 7. Scholars have broken the sermon into chapters to make reading and digesting the sermon easier. The themes, however likely carry through from chapter to chapter.
With that in mind, we should consider the apparent contradiction in the Savior's message. In chapter 5, Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works..." (vs 14, 16)
Then, in chapter 6, he says that we should serve others and say our prays in secret and not let anyone know when we are fasting.
Well what is it? Should we do our good works in public or should we keep them hidden?
In this discussion, Stuart and I discuss this and the impact of our motivations on our good works as well as a tip from Elder Robert D. Hales on how to measure our motives.
Another great point from this epic sermon is the idea of judging others. The Joseph Smith Translation seems to make allowances for "righteous" judgment, but what is that and what does it look like?41m | Feb 17, 2023
- Take a Second for Matthew 5 and Luke 6 // Come Follow Me New Testament
What is your favorite beatitude? If you could pick one to perfect, which one would it be and why? Leave a comment below and see if you choose the same one as others.
Is it the Sermon on the Mount? or the Sermon on the Plain? Was it the same sermon or different sermons or the same sermon given at two different times? Do you ever wonder if we are asking the wrong questions? Maybe, just maybe, it would be more worth while if we started asking how we are doing at living the sermon rather than debating the location of the sermon.
Well, in this episode of Take a Second for Come Follow Me, Brother Black and I will delve into both sets of questions. This week, we get to study the introduction to the Savior's great sermon (all geography aside).38m | Feb 9, 2023
- Take a Second for John 2-4 // Come Follow Me 2023
John most significant purpose was to show that Jesus Christ was God made flesh. After illustrating that Jesus was both with God and was God in the premortal life, John begins his record with a number of signs (or miracles) that demonstrate the Savior's power over the elements and his ability to know the individuals He teaches as only a God can know them.
Today we will cover the account of Jesus turning water into wine at the marriage in Cana and highlight the faith of the servants. These unnamed stalwarts provide a great example of acting in faith even in the absence of evidence.
Then, Brother Black and I briefly touch on some insights we found about Christ from His interaction with Nicodemus. There are some incredible insights about the Holy Ghost and what we can look for in our own lives when trying to identify the Spirit's influence.
Finally, we get to dive into the Savior's conversation with the woman at the well. It is no coincidence that the woman is a Samaritan and that the Savior found a quiet opportunity to approach her privately, without the intrusive and possibly judgmental looks and questions of others.41m | Jan 31, 2023
- Take a Second for Matthew 4 & Luke 4-5 // Come Follow Me 2023
This week in Come Follow Me, we get to discuss the temptations of Christ, His early disciples, and the beginning stages of the Savior's ministry.
There are several instructive patterns in the experiences that Jesus Christ has with the adversary in Matthew 4 & Luke 4. Notice the kind of temptations; consider the reasons that it would be wrong for Jesus to act on the temptations (i.e. is there anything inherently evil about turning stones into bread -- nope); notice the Savior's method for escaping temptation and overcoming the adversary.
Brother Black and I also discuss some of the interesting facts about the Savior's ministry.41m | Jan 25, 2023
- Matthew 3, Mark 1, & Luke 3 // Take a Second for Come Follow Me 2023
Introduction to Mark and why he wrote his Gospel. Mark was very intentional about how he introduced us to Jesus Christ. We also address the baptism of Jesus Christ and why He was baptized with the people and in the same manner as the people. On the covenant path, Christ is both a traveler and the guide.
This week we get to focus on Jesus' invitation to leave behind our daily worries and take upon us His cross and burdens.38m | Jan 19, 2023
- Take a Second for John 1 // Come Follow Me 2023
John is the most unique of the four gospels. Nearly 90% of his material is unique to himself. His writing style is interesting because he never refers to himself by name and he does not try and offer a historical approach to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Instead, John tries to establish the divinity of Christ by showing his God-like power in mortality. It is quite apparent, more so than in the other gospel, that John is writing from a post-resurrection perspective. Take for example, the additional commentary whenever Judas Iscariot is mentioned. It is clear that, by the time John is writing his gospel, Judas has betrayed the Savior and John is not trying to withhold that until the event in the record.29m | Jan 12, 2023
- Matthew 2 & Luke 2 / Take a Second for Come Follow Me 2023
There are so many different ideas surrounding the nativity of Jesus Christ, and many of them cannot be found in the scriptures. In addition to the things that we add to the story that are not there, it seems surprising how many people we overlook or misread when examining the birth-story of our Savior.
One of the most powerful teaching tools when approaching the scriptures is to place yourself in the story. Find circumstances that are similar to where you find yourself in this moment. Do you feel like you have been waiting for a certain blessing for a very long time -- maybe so long that you are not sure it is ever going to come? Well, then pay special attention to Anna in Luke 2 this week. Or, on the other hand, maybe you feel like you have been trying so hard to find the Savior, but it just seems like it is just too hard or too far away. Then your story lines up with the wise men. Whatever story you resonate with this week, spend some time considering what those individuals did to find the Christ-child. And remember the fact that everyone searching for Jesus Christ with pure intentions finds Him.53m | Jan 7, 2023
- Take a Second for Matthew 1 and Luke 1 // Come Follow Me 2023
As we move into the New Testament this year for Come Follow Me, don't forget what you learned and loved from the Old Testament. There is a good chance it will come back and bless you this year as you study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and His Apostles.42m | Jan 3, 2023
- Take a Second for Malachi // Come Follow Me 2022
The Old Testament Prophet, Malachi, is really known for two things: 1) tithing and 2) family history. But there is so much lost when we remove those two teachings from the context of Malachi's message. There is a thread that weaves itself through the entire book about returning to God and coming to know God as our Father.42m | Dec 15, 2022
- Take a Second for Haggai and Zechariah
Haggai returned to Jerusalem after the long exile in Babylon and, like his fellow Jews, was thrilled to begin the process of rebuilding the temple. He begins to preach repentance to the people when let off on the process and begin to focus more on their own situations and houses than the Lord's House.
Zechariah adds some great and powerful insights on the temple and its purpose for the Lord's disciples.35m | Dec 7, 2022
- Take a Second for Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah // Come Follow Me Teaching Ideas
We are going to focus on the many facets of God's personality through the eyes of the both the wicked and the just.33m | Dec 1, 2022
- Take a Second for Amos // Come Follow Me Old Testatment
The Old Testament prophet, Amos, has two very familiar and popular scriptures (Amos 3:7 and Amos 8:11). It is important to remember that, while the individual verses are powerful, understanding the context and the surrounding verses adds even more depth and meaning.41m | Nov 16, 2022
- Take a Second for Hosea and Joel // Come Follow Me Old Testament
We get to see the gentle side of the Savior in this week's podcast. For all the talk about a merciless Jehovah, that is not what comes to the surface this week through the words of two Old Testament prophets. Hosea and Joel both point out that, even though we have no claim on the Lord's mercy because we have repeatedly broken our covenants with Him, the Lord promises to extend mercy and love for ever.44m | Nov 10, 2022
- Take a Second for Daniel 1-6 // Come Follow Me 2022
Daniel is such a great story for 21st Century Latter-day Saints. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are young men living "behind enemy lines," as President Boyd K. Packer put it -- literally. Despite the efforts of the Babylonian government to babylonianize them, these young men provide us with the model of how to live in Babylon without sacrificing the standards of the Lord. They do a great job of holding to their standards while still building solid and healthy relationships with those that don't hold the same religious beliefs.
In this episode, we dive into why staying true to our standards is so important by examining what Daniel's dedication and determination made possible for him later in life.1h 3m | Nov 1, 2022
- Take a Second for Ezekiel // Come Follow Me
We are taking a new spin on our podcast today. We are going to try and hit as many power scriptures from Ezekiel as possible. So, while we don't spend as much time with each scripture block, Stuart and I were able to cover way more of Ezekiel's teachings.
So, enjoy the ride as we explore the insights and principles of the gospel through the teachings of the deported prophet Ezekiel.32m | Oct 26, 2022
- Take a Second for Jeremiah and Lamentations pt 2 // Come Follow Me
What does it mean to vote with your feet or put your money where your mouth is? Well, however you describe those two common phrases, that is exactly what Jeremiah does in this weeks Come Follow Me chapters.
Even though Jeremiah knows that he will not see Jerusalem freed from its Babylonian bondage, he steps up and purchases land as the ultimate vote of confidence in the Lord's promise of eventual redemption. Because of his faith in the Lord's promises, Jeremiah is able to retain his hope even while lamenting (Lamentations). As you go through the chapters this week, pay close attention to the "I will" promises that the Lord gives to the faithful.
Jeremiah's purchase of the land is also a beautiful type and shadow of Christ. As you read, consider the role of Jeremiah redeeming the inheritances of his cousin from within prison. Such a great story. I am sure you will love the insights from the end of Jeremiah and the book of Lamentations this week.31m | Oct 20, 2022