Luke

The Rich Fool

Luke 12:13-21  (NIV) The Parable of the Rich Fool 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life […]

Matthew

The Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV) The Parable of the Wedding Banquet 22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. […]

Matthew

The Generous Master

Matthew 20:1-16  (NIV) The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard 20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he […]

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Genuine Piety

Ruth 3:1-5 (NIV) Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor 3 One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the […]

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The Cost of Covenant Love

Ruth 1:1-18 (NIV) Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons 1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s […]

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Job 42:1-7, 10-16 (NIV) 1 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’     Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and […]

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Can you handle the heat?

Job 38:1-7 (NIV) The Lord Speaks 1 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?   Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked […]