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1 Sarah R = "The description was Stroebel's book, The Case for Grace, from Zondervan:In The Case for Grace, Lee Strobel draws upon the inspiring stories of everyday people—as well as never-before-told details of his own journey from atheism to Christianity—to explore the depth and breadth of God’s redeeming love. Through his unique investigative approach and story-telling ability, you will see how God’s grace can similarly revolutionize your eternity and relationships … starting today. "
2 Sarah R = "Jesus' stories are called parables. The fact that He used parables in His teaching point to Jesus' Jewishness. Within the Jewish culture story-telling is a common way of teaching, especially of leaders of the Jewish faith. The Jewish faith, culture and history was passed on through stories long before it was recorded. As Christians, we owe a debt to the Jewish people for recording the work of God as we read it in what we call the Old Testament."
3 Sarah R = "There's a story in the gospel of Luke (Luke 5) where Jesus heals a leper. There are many stories of healings in the gospels, Jesus never denied a request to heal someone. Yet this event was special because Jesus touches the leper. Leper's were considered "unclean" and cursed by God. They had to yell out whenever they walked near people so that others could get out of their way and not have even a chance of touching them by accident and perhaps catching leprosy.But Jesus looked past all that. He stepped over cultural boundaries, ignored social taboos, put aside health concerns, and TOUCHES the leper.It was this story that was part of what influenced Mother Teresa to work with lepers. Jesus' grace knows no bounds."