Down-home Parables

A Blog by Richard Wayne Fry

December 2013

Book of Romans

A Shameless Plug...
... for the upcoming teaching on the Book of Romans.

Beginning Sunday, January 5, 2014, from 6-7 p.m. we are going to teach the entire Book of Romans on a verse-by-verse basis.

Here is a short excerpt from the notes on Romans:

The Gospel presents a method of justification very different from that of the law. The Jews could not embrace a doctrine which appeared to them to be not only novel, but also contrary to their prejudices.

Additionally, they (the Jews) found themselves in possession of the covenant of God, to the exclusion of all other nations.

They could not endure Apostles calling the Gentiles to the knowledge of the true God, and to the hope of his salvation, nor
That the Jews had lost their exclusive preeminence over the nations.

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Pay Attention

In the overall scheme of things the issue surrounding Phil Robertson is nothing more than another crater on the moon; in a year who is really going to notice. But in the more immediate sense, and this is really where you need to start paying attention, what we are looking at is the birth of hate mongering of Christians. Read More...

Christmas Myths & Facts

There are a number of Christmas quizzes, games, and such that people may participate in online. Quizzes dealing with the words of carols, games about cartoon adaptations of the Christmas story. But there are few online venues where you can have your understanding challenged regarding the Bible version of The Christmas Story.

And Again With The Parables

While these posts may be entertaining, they are also meant to be much more. Perhaps I should have started with the definition of parable from the start. A parable is a story that illustrates or teaches a moral or spiritual lesson or principle. It is not the same as a fable, because fables utilize plants, animals, inanimate objects, and the like as characters, but parables have human characters. A parable is a type of analogy. Read More...

A Torch Without A Flame

It is not as socially acceptable to be a Christian as it once was. The “Ten Commandments” are being removed from public venues. Jesus, Christmas, and even God are becoming increasingly taboo. And it is certainly not PC to be a Christian owing to our radical (extremist) views on abortion and homosexuality. Christians are increasingly being looked upon as being domestic terrorists. Yet there are still those strong Christians who, despite the negative press and being ill spoken of, steadfastly and openly declare their love of Yeshua. Read More...

Life Lesson From A Battery

Yesterday my darling wife was going to run a few errands before she started work on a Christmas project she has going. She went out to the garage only to return a few minutes later with the unfortunate news that the car battery was dead.

I went out to the garage to survey the situation. I looked in one of the cells of the battery and there was no reaction taking place. Not a definitive sign by any means, but not good either. I went over to my tools and grabbed an old pair of pliers to span the two terminal on the battery. I barely get a spark, which is a sure sign the battery is kaflooey.

Your Position In Heaven

People often think of heaven in terms of “someday,” or “when Messiah returns,” or some other words, which are always futuristic in scope. But the fact of the matter is that you already occupy a position in heaven right this minute. Read More...

It Is all About The Marketing

I arrived in Pensacola, Florida in May of 2010. I had lived in Florida, in the Miami area, as a child back in the 50’s. I do not recall much about that other than being on the beach when it was windy and the sand stinging my face. It is not a good memory at all. However, my arrival in May of 2010, brought me face to face with one thing I have never encountered before... Read More...

Dogs — Our Examples For Better Relationships

I currently have two dogs, Sadie and Phoebe. Sadie is a Shih-tzu, and Phoebe is a Yorkie-poo. Sadie likes to just cuddle and soak up the goodness found in people. Phoebe, however, is still puppy-like in both attitude and actions. Phoebe is not much on cuddling up because that is such a serious waste of time; she would much rather play and give kisses. But my two dogs, like most any other dog, are much more than ego boosters. Read More...

Button, Button, My Kingdom For A Button

Granted, in the grand scheme of things, getting a button to work on the web page is rather insignificant when compared with, say, getting your first driver’s license or surviving a two-week visit by in-laws. But in my little corner of the world it ranks right up there with a bride-to-be waking up on her wedding day to discover a zit the size of an eighteen-wheeler parked in the middle of her forehead. Believe me, it is no small issue. Read More...

Just What Is the Reason For The Season

Yes, it is Christmastime once again. Carols, lights, excitement, the smell of cinnamon in nearly every store, and the aroma of cookies baking in the oven. As we look around at all the things offered at Christmastime, there is only one thing that is missing — Yeshua. Let’s face it, Yeshua is no longer the reason for the season in the hearts and minds of most people. Read More...

Casual Is Good

After struggling most of the day in an attempt to publish the few pages I have created, my efforts were at last rewarded with success. I have determined that this page is not going to be a lot of formal teaching. I want this page to be more relaxed and casual, like two friends talking over a cup of coffee or tea. That concept is much more in keeping with the theme of down-home parables.

Please do not expect too much from me at first. I still have a plethora of pages to build and content to decide upon. For now, I will post when I can and try to make them meaningful for both our sakes.

Getting My Feet Wet

This is going to be a completely new experience for me. I am basically a private man, a home body; but that no man is an island is becoming increasingly obvious to me. The solution, at least in part, seems to be via the utilization of a blog page.
There is an old saying, “There is a vast difference between a man who has something to say, and a man who has to say something.” I like to think of myself in the former category. As a rule, even though I have something to say, I am blessed with the wisdom not to say all of it. So, if you come here expecting to get all of what I have to say, you are going to be disappointed. However, if you come here to see what the Lord has inspired in me, or what I have read in a book, or heard on the street then come, pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, and read on.

Why Down-home Parables

Down-home Parables may seem like a strange name for a blog page, but there is a perfectly sound reason for it. Several years ago, a friend of mine overheard me speaking to someone over the phone. I was giving Scriptural counsel couched in a somewhat more modern presentation. When the phone conversation ended Bernie said to me, “That was really very good. You should write a book and call it, ‘Down-home Parables.’”

Bernie has since gone on to be with the Lord, but I have not forgotten his advice. Though I do not plan to write that book, I still give out that caliber of counsel and advice. Therefore, everything I post on this blog page will first be dedicated to Yeshua and secondly to Bernie.
Richard-Wayne: Fry

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