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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
September 24, 2011

     “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, 'Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.'
     “The son answered, 'I don't want to.' Later on he thought better of it and went.
     “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, 'Sure, glad to.' But he never went.
     “Which of the two sons did what the father asked?”
     They said, “The first.”
     Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God's kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn't care enough to change and believe him.”

Matthew 21:28-32 (Message*)

It's easy to say you are following Jesus. But what's important is not so much what you say, but what you do.

Jesus is about transformed lives, not lip service. We can give lip service while still living according to our own wills. We need to allow the spirit of Christ to work its way within us, changing our hearts, so that we can actually live Christlike lives.

Bill Samuel

* The Message version © by Eugene H. Peterson.

©2011 Friends in Christ, Inc.

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