Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalms 128:1-5; I Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30
In a big city Church, a cafeteria-style lunch was made available to members of the congregation at the conclusion of the Sunday worship. The charge for the meal was relatively modest, and the rule of the Church was that first-time visitors got their lunch free. One Sunday morning, a woman who wandered into the Church for the first time, was so very much inspired by the reverential spirit and the friendly attitude of that worshipping community, she decided to join up. She then followed the crowd into the cafeteria and tried to pay for her lunch. “No, no,” she was told, “you are a first-time visitor, so lunch is free.” The woman replied, “I appreciate the offer but I want this lunch to cost me something.” Hearing this, the man at the cashier’s table smiled and said, “If you stay around this Church long enough, this lunch is going to cost you your life.”
At the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus said to some…
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