In addition to the New International Version (2011) of the Bible, the following resources were used to help write this sermon: William Barclay, And Jesus Said, pp. 99-105; James Montgomery Boice, The Parables of Jesus, pp. 83-96; Simon J. Kistemaker, The Parables, pp. 209-13; Earl F. Palmer, Laughter in Heaven, pp. 120-24; Haddon W. Robinson, Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Us Guys, Preaching Today tape #80.