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This is the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The word for the week is: "Image"

Today in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus asks us to examine in our hearts exactly
whose image do we bear? That of Caesar or the world or that of God?
While Caesar is in the business of minting coins,
God is in the business of minting souls.



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LIGHT A CANDLE FOR A FRIEND OR SOMEONE IN NEED

 

 

Thought of the Week

A Genuine Friend

Read: 1 Samuel 20:32-42

Two are better than one. —Ecclesiastes 4:9

 

In the novel Shane, a friendship forms between Joe Starrett, a farmer on the American frontier, and Shane, a mysterious man who stops to rest at the Starrett home. The men first bond as they work together to remove a giant tree stump from Joe’s land. The relationship deepens as Joe rescues Shane from a fight and Shane helps Joe improve and guard his farmland. The men share a sense of mutual respect and loyalty that reflects what Scripture says: “Two are better than one . . . . If they fall, one will lift up his companion” (Eccl. 4:9-10).

Jonathan and David modeled this principle as well. Circumstances tested their friendship when David suspected that King Saul wanted him dead. Jonathan doubted this, but David believed it to be true (1 Sam. 20:2-3). Eventually, they decided David would hide in a field while Jonathan questioned his father about the matter. When Saul’s deadly intent became clear, the friends wept together and Jonathan blessed David as he fled (v.42).

You have a genuine friend in Jesus if you have accepted His offer of salvation—a friend who is always loyal; one who lifts you when you stumble. He has shown you the greatest love one friend can have for another—love that led Him to sacrifice His life for you (John 15:13).

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer! —Scriven

Jesus is your most trusted Friend.

 

 

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Something to make you think:

 

The Chair Test
=====================   

An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam
after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor
picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the
board: "Using everything we have learned this semester, prove
that this chair does not exist."

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious
fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour
attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of
the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the student who finished
in one minute got an A.

The rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when
he had barely written anything at all.

This is what he wrote:

"What chair?"


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