**... they were astonished by the gracious words that came from His lips** (Luke 4:22).

Luke 4:22
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalms 71:1-6,15-17; I Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30

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A convicted criminal, a rough-looking character nicknamed “Knuckles” by his fellows prison inmates, was about to be paroled after serving a fifteen-year sentence. Before walking through the prison gates to his long-awaited freedom, he was paid a visit by the prison chaplain. “You have paid your debt to society,” the chaplain said, “so I encourage you to hold your head up high when you walk out of here. Live a good life and, by all means, join the nearest Church as soon as possible.”

It so happened that Knuckles found an apartment on the edge of the poorest section of town, yet close to the richest section. It so happened also that the nearest Church was located on the edge of the rich area. Knuckles lost no time going to see the pastor of that Church and telling him of his desire to become a member. “My good man,” said the pastor, “I don’t think you would be happy here, although I appreciate your good…

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