November 25 Matthew 20,21,22

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Respectfully, “No”?? | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went away.  Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’  But he didn’t go.  Which of the two was obeying his father? Matthew 21:28-31  (NLT)

O~ The first son, just straight said ‘No’—but did.  With much respect, the other son said he would—but didn’t.  And Jesus asks, ‘Which one obeyed?’

A~ & P~ Dear Father, where do I fall in this example? Please show me my heart.  I don’t want to sound respectful and appear to obey you… I want to obey you.

Where’s the fruit? | Kelley Deases

S~ Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.  Matthew 21:43 (NIV)

O~ The other day, in our Bible study group, we had a discussion about stewardship.  One gal shared how, no sooner than she and her husband had decided they need to “tighten the belt” as their finances were severely strained, she felt God impressing upon her to give over and beyond the tithe at her church on Sunday.  After some agonizing but in obedience and with a cheerful heart, she wrote the check, contrary to her new resolve to rein in the spending.  A few days later, she was taken aback to learn someone had unexpectedly and anonymously paid the monthly invoice for one of her kid’s Christian school tuition.  I then shared how God is impressing upon me that I need to steward my story well, both by being grateful for what God has brought me through and by sharing it on every occasion to offer help and hope to others who may be facing a similar trial.  This is how we disciple; this is how we produce fruit.

A~ An acquaintance mentioned a few weeks ago in a conversation we were having that the attendance at his church was dropping off.  He further said he was seeing the same decrease at his mother’s church and at his grown daughter’s church.  He inquired whether my church was suffering the same fate.  I am personally fairly active in two church families, both of which are thriving and growing.  Because they are producing fruit — serving, evangelizing, supporting missions, pouring into the lives of our children, seeking to be not only hearers but doers of the Word — God is blessing and multiplying His kingdom in these places.

P~ Father, While we are still here, empower us to bear fruit, building up Your kingdom in the spheres to which we have been called.

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