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Jesus’ Idea of a Party

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Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” (Luke 14:12-14)

We rarely preach on this passage because it doesn’t really contain a principle that we will always use on a day to day basis but this is one of Jesus’ teachings that is rarely practiced today.  I will admit that I have never practiced it either.  But why not?  Why couldn’t we throw a party where we invite people who we know would be too poor to ever throw a party to invite us back?  I would just suggest (and I hope I remember this myself) that next time you throw a party (at home or church) that you consider improving the guest list to the people who can’t pay you back.  You may find that the party is different than you expected.  Regardless, you can know that you are following Jesus in an area that many others neglect.  We can’t know if Jesus’ words will be effective if we never try them. Party on!!!

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September 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Should You Really Read The Bible Every Day

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Many preachers encourage disciples to read some Bible every day.  The Bible does not really say how often it should be read so their isn’t really anything wrong with reading it every day or coming up with some other way to do so.  I came up with a way that worked better for me so I thought I would share it with you.  I get two days off of work each week so I thought I would condense my Bible reading to those days so I would get more time to spend with each book.  Each day off I read a book of the Bible.  This may sound difficult, but it really isn’t.  I find that if I read the whole book at once it helps me keep things in context and it allows me to keep the genre and audience of the book in mind as I’m reading.  I think this helps me to read the text better.  Just thought I would share this idea with you.  Try it if you like and tell me what you think.  Have you found better ways that work for you?

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September 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm