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The mission of the seventy-two

Luke 10:1-9   The Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do …

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A genuine friend

READ: 1 Samuel 20:32-42 Two are better than one. Eccl. 4:9   In the novel Shane, a friendship forms between Joe Starrett, a farmer on the American frontier, and Shane, a mysterious man who stops to rest at the Starrett home. The men first bond as they work together to remove a giant tree stump from Joe’s land. The relationship deepens as Joe rescue Shane from a fight and Shane helps Joe improve and guard his farmland. The men share a sense of mutual respect and loyalty that reflects what Scripture says: “Two are better than one…If they fall, one will lift up his companion” (Eccl. 4:9-10). Jonathan and David modeled this principle as well. Circumstances tested their friendship when David suspected that King Saul wanted him dead. Jonathan doubted this, but David believed …

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From peeker to seeker

READ: Jonah 1:1-2:2 I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. 2:2   WHEN our daughter was too young to walk or crawl, she created a way to hide from people when she wanted to be left alone or wanted her own way. She simply closed her eyes. Kathryn reasoned that anyone she couldn’t see also couldn’t see her. She used this tactic in her car seat when someone new tried to say hello; she used it in her highchair when she didn’t like the food; she even used it when we announced it was bedtime. Jonah had a more grown-up strategy if hiding, but it wasn’t any more effective than our daughter’s. When God asked him to do something he didn’t want to do, he rains the …

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Parable of the rich fool

LUKE 12:13-21   Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed Me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then He said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you …

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Creative laziness

Do you ever wonder why the Lazy Susan became a common fixture in many dining rooms? Before its invention, grasping hands crisscrossed over tables to reach for food. Meaningful conversations were interrupted by persistent “Please pass the rice, please pass the soup,” etc. Today, by simply turning it around, the Lazy Susan brings the food right in front of our plate. The Lazy Susan is a product of creative laziness. It derives from our refusal to be defined by the limits of our physicality, or to be enslaved by the drudgery of work. We now soar to the skies and travel around the world faster than any animal because there had been men and women who found ways to overcome the spatial and temporal limits imposed by walking. Their creative laziness …

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The parable of the persistent widow

Luke 18:1-8   Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call …

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A forever hello

READ: 2 COR. 4:16-5:8 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit. 5:5   AFTER a weeks vacation with her daughter and 4-month-old grandson, Oliver, Kathy had to say goodbye until she could see them again. She wrote to me saying, “Sweet reunions like we had make my heart long for heaven. There, we won’t have to try to capture memories in our mind. There, we won’t have to pray for the time to go slowly and the days to last long. There, our hello will never turn into goodbye. Heaven will be a ‘forever hello,’ and I can’t wait.” As a first-time grandma, she wants to be with her grandson Oliver as much as possible! She’s thankful for any time she can …

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Courage under persecution

Luke 12:1-7 At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven — that is, the hypocrisy — of the Pharisees. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be …

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Denunciation of the scholars of the law

LUKE 11:47-54   THE Lord said: “Woe to you! You build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! 5Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. …

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Relics on St Pope John Paul II up for display Oct 14 to 22

The public may venerate the relic of Saint Pope John Paul II starting Thursday, October 13. His first class relic, "ex-sanguine" (from his blood) will be available for public veneration from October 13 to 22 at the Radio Veritas Chapel in Quezon City. Devotees of Saint Pope John Paul II may visit his relic from 8 am to 5 pm at the Radio Veritas Chapel located at the second floor of Veritas Tower, 162 West Avenue cor EDSA in Quezon City. Born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in 1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian pope in more than …

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