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Picture 1Directions: Answer the six part question below. The page titled, Movie Study Assignment Rubric, will be used to access this assignment. It can be found on the left side (sixth from bottom) under pages. When finished, print off your response and hand in or email it to Mr. S.

Introduction: To be Christian means to be a follower of Jesus Christ; to be “Christ-like”; to act as Jesus Christ would act.  Jesus is referred to as God’s “holy servant” (Acts 4:27).  If we define holy as described in Colossians 3:12-14, then it is easy to see that Jesus was a holy person.  He was compassionate (Luke 15:30; Matthew 9:36).  Jesus was kind, patient and forgiving (story of adulterous woman in John 8:3-11).  He was humble (Matthew 11:29) and meek (2 Corinthians 10:1).  But mostly, Jesus always chose love (Ephesians 5:2; Mark 10:21).  In fact, all the world’s religious traditions celebrate the supreme importance of six spiritual practices, which are,  compassion, forgiveness, hope, kindness, love (as in agape), and conversion (transformation).  All of these spiritual practices were illustrated in this movie.

Assignment: For each of the six spiritual practices listed above, describe one scene from the movie that demonstrates that practice.  Be as specific as you can.

Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.

Directions:

  1. Use Google images, to search for artist’s portrayals of Jesus.
  2. Pick out the  artist’s picture that  BEST portrays the Jesus as you believe he was.  COPY  the image and place it into a word document. Write a brief explanation indicating what it is in the picture that reveals the “real” Jesus to you.
  3. Pick out the  artist’s picture that  LEAST portrays the Jesus as you believe he was.  COPY  the image and place it into a word document. Write a brief explanation indicating what it is in the picture that least reveals the “real” Jesus to you.

Examples

This image best portrays Jesus because he is laughing. The bible says Jesus was loving person. In John 13:35, it says, By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ Disciples follow their leader, so Jesus must have been loving. Disciples wanted to be with Jesus, and they won’t want to be with someone who is unhappy, sad or angry.  Therefore, for me, loving people to me are joyous and happy people.

 

 

 

 

 

This image least portrays Jesus because he is angry. Rarely does the bible ever speak of Jesus being angry. The only example that I know of  was when Jesus cleared the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers.   Loving people are rarely angry. For me, loving people, such as Jesus, are joyous and happy people.  They are not angry people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
John 13:35
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35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.

After viewing the film Glory Road write a 5 paragraph essay response to the question: What Does It Take to Change the World?

Pick and choose from the following six ideas to develop your own thesis and topic sentences. In your essay refer to specific detail from the film, your own experiences, and passages from Scripture to develop your response to the question: What Does It Take to Change the World?

One: Recruiting Strategies
(read Luke 14:15-24; 1 Corinthians 1:24-31; and John 3:16-18; John 1:12-13)

  • How does Coach Haskins change his recruiting methods after the traditional methods fail?
    In school, when a team “captain” was choosing up sides for a team — what determined if someone got picked or not?
  • Have you ever wanted to be part of something — knowing you could do well — only to be rejected? Or have you ever rejected someone because of their race, the way they talked, the clothes they wore, or where they lived? Describe your experience.
  • When Paul comments about “the wise” who do you think he is talking about? Who would represent the “wise” in Glory Road?
  • What kind of people does God “recruit?”
  • What does God use as His standard for who makes the team?

Two: Good Players Need Good Coaching
(read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 2 Timothy 2:2-7)

  • Name some of the behaviors that players on the Texas Western team had to overcome in order to become winners.
  • What kinds of things did Coach Haskins do to discipline his team so that they would work together?
  • What does the Bible say about why some people might not work well together?
  • Name some roles Christians play in changing the world for Christ.
  • Describe a coaching or mentoring relationship you have or had in school. What effect did the coaching have on your performance? What characteristics did you most appreciate in the person who was helping you?
  • What does Timothy — and the rest of us — learn about playing on God’s team from each of the examples that Paul uses?
  • Where should we go to find out what we should do, what the rules are, and how to work hard?
  • Once we have learned how to change the world for Christ, what does Paul say we should do with that knowledge?

Three: Great Players Persevere
(read 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Peter 4:12-19; James 1:2-3,12 and Romans 5:1-5)

  • What were some of the responses people had when the Texas Western team began to win — especially when they began to beat highly-ranked teams?
  • Once things got really bad, what happened to the team?
  • How was their internal conflict demonstrated outwardly?
  • Who is one of our opponents?
  • Why shouldn’t we be surprised that we face opposition?
  • What does it mean to be reviled?
  • What do James and Paul say we should do in the face of difficult opposition?
  • What is the end result of endurance and perseverance?

Four: Players Don’t Stand Alone
(read Romans 12:4-13, Philippians 2:1-11 and Hebrews 10:23-25)

  • When Coach Haskins announces his decision to his team — what is their response?
  • Some of the white players would never again get a chance to play in a championship tournament, so why do you think they agreed to sit out the game?
  • What lines of support did you see develop that helped Texas Western to prevail? According to the Bible, what are some ways we can show support for one another?
  • How does meeting together regularly contribute to the support of all members?

Five: All Players Triumph through Belief and Action
(read James 2:14-26)

  • What obstacles have you overcome in your life?
  • Can you give some examples of how action confirms belief?
  • What kind of actions can you take that will lead others to Jesus and help to change the world for Christ

Six: Go Play to Win!
(read 1 Corinthians 9:25-27)

  • What one thing will you change about yourself this week to help win the world for Christ?
  • What one thing will you commit yourself to do for someone else in this room to help them in their faith
  • Discuss what you can do to reach out to others and help them to join God’s team.

NRSV translation of the related Scriptures from http://bible.oremus.org/:
James 2:1-10
Luke 14:15-24
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
John 3:16-18
John 1:12-13
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
2 Timothy 2:2-7
1 Peter 5:8
1 Peter 4:12-19
James 1:2-3
James 1:12
Romans 5:1-5
Romans 12:4-13
Philippians 2:1-11
Hebrews 10:23-25
James 2:14-26
1 Corinthians 9:25-27

Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
John 13:35
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35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3,12
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
James 2:1-10
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? and do not they draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8If then you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12
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12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

Directions:  What follows in bold is the verses from a parable found in Matthew 21:28-31.  Under each verse are some questions which are intended to help you understand the parable’s message and to relate it to your world today.  Address the questions that follow.

Activity one: The Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13:44)

“The kingdom of heaven [God] is like treasure hidden in a field…”

Name those things that you consider “treasure” — those things you would truly long to have.

“which someone found and hid…”

What would be an example of something so wonderful; so desirable; so valuable that someone would want to hide it from everyone else?

“Then in his [her] joy…”

What would truly bring you joy, happiness and fulfillment in your life?  Be honest!  Explain why this would bring you the happiness that you think it will.  Does it bring happiness to others who have it?

“He [she] goes and sells all that he [she] has and buys that field”

Would you be willing to give up absolutely everything (all possessions) for something that would bring you true happiness?  Is this a radical thing to do?

Activity Two: Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-31)

“A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today’…”

Name some of the responsibilities you have been given by your parents.  As a person raised a Christian, what responsibility have you been given?

“He answered, ‘I will not’…”

Have you ever blatantly refused to do something that your Mom or Dad asked you to do?  Why did you refuse?   Have you refused to do what your faith asks of you?

“but later he changed his mind and went…”

Have you ever blatantly refused to do something that your Mom or Dad or your faith asked you to do and then changed your mind?  What made you change your mind?  How did you feel because of it?

“The father went to the second [son] and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go”

Have you ever told your Mom or Dad that you would do something that asked you to do when you knew you had no intentions of doing it?  Why would you say you would do something when you knew you would not?  Did your decision make you feel guilty?  Why or why not?

“Which of the two [sons] did the will of his father?”

Which of the two sons did the will of his father?  How would you answer this question?  Which of the sons would your parents approve of most?

Which son did the right thing?  Explain your answer.

Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
John 13:35
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35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3,12
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
James 2:1-10
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? and do not they draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8If then you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12
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12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
Matthew 13:44
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44The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.

Passover is a special date in the Jewish calendar. In Jesus’ time, people traveled great distances to spend Passover in Jerusalem. Part of the Passover ritual involved sacrificing animals and paying a tax to the temple. Since this tax needed to be paid in local currency, people from other areas had to have their money changed. Those who made long journeys could not bring their own animals for sacrifice, so they bought them in Jerusalem.

Jesus, who was a Jew, went to Jerusalem at Passover time. Here is an account of his visit from the Bible.

As the Jewish Passover was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple precincts he came upon people engaged in selling oxen, sheep and doves, and others seated changing coins. He made a whip of cord and drove sheep and oxen alike out of the temple area, and knocked over the money-changers’ tables, spilling their coins. He told those who were selling doves: “Get them out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” (John 2:13-16)

If worshippers needed to buy animals and change money, why do you think Jesus reacted in this way?

Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
John 13:35
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35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3,12
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
James 2:1-10
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? and do not they draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8If then you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12
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12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
Matthew 13:44
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44The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
John 2:13-16
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13And the pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.
15And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew.
16And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.

In the town of Jericho, Jesus helped a blind man named Bartimaeus regain his sight. Without touching the man’s eyes or making a big show of it, Jesus said, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.”

You know what it means to be literally blind. What does it mean to be figuratively blind?

Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
John 13:35
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35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3,12
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
James 2:1-10
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? and do not they draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8If then you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12
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12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
Matthew 13:44
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44The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
John 2:13-16
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13And the pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.
15And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew.
16And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.
  1. Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
  2. Parable of the Talents
  3. The Sheep and the Goats
  4. Parable of the Mustard Seed
  5. Parable of the Good Samaritan
  6. The Rich Fool
  7. the barren fig tree
  8. Parable of the Prodigal Son
  9. The Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus
  10. the Pharisee and the tax collector

Two options for exploring these parables follow:
Option 1:
Read each parable and answer the following three questions about each parable:

  1. What has been taught by the parable?
  2. Can you think of a situation to which the parable applies today?
  3. What kind of person most needs to take this parable to heart?

Option 2:
Form a small group and select one parable from the list to produce as a short film. Try one of the following approaches

  • make up a script that closely follows the words of the gospel passage with a narrator telling what is happening.
  • make up a script that is a contemporary version of the parable or that shows the parable applied to a contemporary situation.
Acts 4:27
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27For of a truth there assembled together in this city against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,
Colossians 3:12-14
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
Luke 15:30
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30But as soon as this thy son is come, who hath devoured his substance with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Matthew 9:36
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36And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd.
John 8:3-11
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3And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst,
4And said to him: Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?
6And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground.
7When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground.
9But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst.
10Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?
11Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
Matthew 11:29
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29Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
2 Corinthians 10:1
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1Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.
Ephesians 5:2
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2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
Mark 10:21
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21And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
John 13:35
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35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3,12
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
James 2:1-10
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? and do not they draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8If then you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
Luke 14:15-24
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15When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, hold me excused.
19And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them: I pray thee, hold me excused.
20And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24But I say unto you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
1 Corinthians 1:24-31
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24But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble:
27But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.
28And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are:
29That no flesh should glory in his sight.
30But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption:
31That, as it is written: He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord.
John 3:16-18
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16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.
18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 1:12-13
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12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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12For as the body is one, and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ.
13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink.
14For the body also is not one member, but many.
15If the foot should say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear should say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were the eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18But now God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.
19And if they all were one member, where would be the body?
20But now there are many members indeed, yet one body.
21And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you.
22Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
23And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness.
24But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour,
25That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another.
26And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and members of member.
2 Timothy 2:2-7
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2And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.
3Labour as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him to whom he hath engaged himself.
5For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman, that laboureth, must first partake of the fruits.
7Understand what I say: for the Lord will give thee in all things understanding.
1 Peter 5:8
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8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 4:12-19
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12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you.
15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men's things.
16But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
James 1:2-3
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2My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:12
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12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
Romans 5:1-5
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1Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
3And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience trial; and trial hope;
5And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
Romans 12:4-13
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4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:
5So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;
7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;
8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.
12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.
13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.
Philippians 2:1-11
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1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
4Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men's.
5For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
9For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:
10That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
11And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Hebrews 10:23-25
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23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that hath promised),
24And let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works:
25Not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.
James 2:14-26
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
19Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?
23And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?
25And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
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25And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
26I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
27But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
Matthew 13:44
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44The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 21:28-31
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28But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and coming to the first, he said: Son, go work today in my vineyard.
29And he answering, said: I will not. But afterwards, being moved with repentance, he went.
30And coming to the other, he said in like manner. And he answering, said: I go, Sir; and he went not.
31Which of the two did the father's will? They say to him: The first. Jesus saith to them: Amen I say to you, that the publicans and the harlots shall go into the kingdom of God before you.
John 2:13-16
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13And the pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.
15And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew.
16And to them that sold doves he said: Take these things hence, and make not the house of my Father a house of traffic.
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