“The Story of Grace”

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Matthew 22:1-14 (NRSV) The Parable of the Wedding Banquet 22 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. […]

“For the Birds”

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Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)   The Commissioning of the Disciples 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make […]

“What is Your Answer”

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Matthew 21:23-32 (NRSV) The Authority of Jesus Questioned 23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; […]

“Hey! That’s Me!”

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Matthew 20:1-16 (NRSV) The Laborers in the Vineyard 20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing […]

Grace Running Loose

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Romans 13:8-14New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Love for One Another 8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up […]

First Responders

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Matthew 16:21-28   New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection 21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter […]

John 14:1-14

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John 14:1-14   New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Jesus the Way to the Father 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if […]