Thursday, November 20, 2014

Powerful Stories

The most powerful stories ever told

He lived 2,000 years ago and He was the most powerful teacher that ever lived. He told 60 stories, called parables, to teach powerful lessons in living. The stories are written in the four gospels of Luke, John, Matthew, and Mark.  The stories had meaning then and have even more meaning today. Here are some of my favorites with some nuggets to go along with them.

1.      The parable of The Talents. Our talents and abilities are blessings; we have the responsibility to make them grow. Let’s use our talents to improve our communities.
2.      The parable of The Sower and the Seeds. Always keep an open mind for learning and applying truth and you will be set free. Let’s plant sound seeds in others and nurture them so they produce bountiful harvests.
3.      The parable of The Prodigal Son. Have a merciful and graceful love for everyone by having our actions speak loud and clear. Let’s give grace to others for we don’t know the struggles they have been through.
4.      The parable of The Hidden Treasure. When we surrender our lives to Him we will have the greatest treasure of all. Eternity is a long time to be wrong. Let’s partner with the all-powerful One.
5.      The parable of The Laborers in the Vineyard. Never envy or begrudge the generosity of others. Let’s be generous to those that show up.
6.      The parable of The Rich Fool. Our blessings are not for our pleasures but for our God-given purpose. Let’s use our resources to lighten the burden of others.
7.      The parable of The Lost Sheep. There are miracles in commitment and persistence. Let’s search for those that are lost and help them come back to life.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.    
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

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