How To Discover The Power In The Parable
The Parable Power Network is designed to help you discover the mysteries hidden within God's parables (His word, works and wonders). This article explains how our site is structured and how to get the most out of our Studies, Wisdom posts and our DISCUSSION forums.
Unleashing The PowerHidden In The Parable
The scripture challenges us to meditate in the word day and night (Psalms 1:1-3). God has promised that if we do this, we will become strong and fruitful. In order to receive the promise, we must participate in the process.
Don't Rush Through Our Articles!
Again, our goal is to help YOU to discover the Power in the Parable. In order for this to happen, you must read the articles carefully and spend time reading and considering all scripture passages and reference material. Sometimes the light will NOT turn on until your second or third time through the article and references. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to help you to discover and understand the truth (John 16:13 ). Pray about what you are reading and expect the help that God has promised (2 Pet 1:3-5). We should never forget that it has been given to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13:11)! So, when you put in the work, expect the reward!
Popup Scripture References
Whenever you see a scripture reference within our articles (e.g. Prov 25:2), you can immediately view the passage by hovering over the reference with your mouse. A popup window will appear displaying the text of the passage. This allows you to read the verse(s) without having to move to another page. The scripture is presented in the New King James Version, however, you can easily view other versions of the passage by clicking on the More link at the end of the passage. When you click the More link, a new tab will be displayed which allows you to change versions or do additional research.
The popup feature is made possible by BibleGateway.com. Bible Gateway provides excellent Bible study tools online. We appreciate this resource and highly recommend Bible Gateway's tools and apps.
Key Study Principles
As you progress through our articles, occasionally, you will see a "Study Principle" that is used while developing material in the article. It looks like this:
Key Study Principle (Read); 2 Peter 1:19-23
The things Jesus did fulfill Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. We have to find and study those passages to better understand His ministry.
These principles are derived from the scripture reference at the top right of the box. You should carefully read the scripture and take some time to consider the underlying principle. These truths will be invaluable as you continue to study.
Video And Web References
Listed after each article is a MORE LINKS section. These videos and web links are carefully selected to give you a resource for more information about topics discussed in the article. We strongly encourage you to spend time with these references as they will shed more light on the subject matter and help you to discover more treasure.
The Wisdom Page
Our Wisdom page contains short commentaries and/or videos about passages primarily from the book of Proverbs. We endeavor to illuminate the essence of the passage or cause you to consider different ways that the passage may be applied. Again, the most important thing is to read the scripture carefully while asking God to help you to see the message behind the message! Remember that it is the glory of God to conceal a thing and the honor of kings to search it out (Proverbs 25:2).
Along with each post you will see a list of words called a "Tag Cloud". Clicking on one of the terms listed will display a list of Wisdom posts that contain a reference to that subject. For example, clicking on the word "laziness" will display Wisdom posts that contains something about that topic. As we add and catalog more posts, we expect this to become a valuable study tool for you. New entries will be added to this section until we have a post for each day in the year.
Our Wisdom Builger videos typically contain a "practice track" that will help you to memorize the verse being discussed. Memorization is one way to hide the word in your heart.
To access the Wisdom page, simply select Wisdom from the Main Menu. This page is accessible to anyone, a Parable Power account is not required to view it. New posts are announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also subscribe via RSS to be notified of new posts.
Parable Power Games (Quizzes)
Our newer studies will display a link entitled "Play The Game" at the end of the article. Clicking the link will display a quiz game containing question about the article. The quiz is designed to help you gauge what you have learned. You may take a quiz as often as you desire. Completing the game will place your score on the "leader board" with other players. We plan to expand the use of this learning tool in the future.
Forum for Parable Power Studies
A discussion forum will soon be available for each of our Studies and Wisdom posts. At the end of each article, you will find a link to the related Forum. The Forum contains questions, commentary, insights, and discussions from PPN staff and members. We invite YOU to participate in the Forums, remember that "iron sharpens iron"!
We Expect You To Learn And Grow!
We are excited to have you as a part of The Parable Power Network! Our studies, Wisdom posts, and tools are the product of many years of study and prayer. Everything included in our studies has a purpose. We expect you to discover truths that were hidden for YOU to find! If you have questions, it means that the process is working. Please participate in the Forums. When you share your questions, insights and discoveries, it benefits the entire network.
Share With Your Social Circle!
Tell somebody! Help us to add people who want to discover the power in the parable to the network. Use the social icons located throughout our site to share topics and discoveries with people you know; they will never be the same!
Other posts by Larry Shepard
Larry is the founder and visionary of the Parable Power Network. His mission is to ignite a passion for God's word and to see the Power in the Parable elevate people to exemplary living.. Larry has served in various Christian ministries for over 40 years; including teaching in Bible Schools and as a Senior Pastor.