7 But the man that goes about putting no other man beneath him shall be exalted by The Father, and risen to a great place."
8 Then said He also to them, "When you make a great feast do not call your friends brethren, neighbors, for they have all that they need and have not any need of your blessings.
9 But go into the marketplace, and call the poor, the widowed, the lame and the blind. Then, you shall surely be blessed, for they can give you no restitution other than their prayers to The Father in your behalf."
10 Then cried one that ate there with Him, "Blessed is he that shall eat bread in The Kingdom Of God."
11 Jesus answered him, "A certain man made a great supper and bid many, then sent his servant at suppertime to say that it was ready, that it was time to come in. All those that were invited began to make excuses. One had to go see a new piece of land, another had to test his oxen, another had just married and would not leave his wife.
12 So the servant returned, telling his master these things. The master was angry. "Go out," he cried, "into the city. Bring me all those that have not, those that are despised by men, those that are forsaken. Bring them into my house and let them sup."
13 The servant did so, returning with many, but the house was not yet full. Then the lord said, 'Go to the highway and anyone that passes bring them in. Do not care what nation they are. If they are hungry let them come and sup."
14 Still the house was not full. The lord went to his servant saying 'Go you to the prison and tell the warden thereof my master is having a feast, and his house is not full. Bring you all in your prison, come and watch over them, that they may sup well in my master's house.'"
15 The servant did so and the master's house was full. Those that had been invited but had made excuses saw how joyful the gathering was, how happy were those within.
16 They tried themselves, then, to come in. But it was too late. For the house was full and there was no longer any room for them."
17 When He was done speaking, all there trembled, for in their heart they knew that He was speaking of Heaven, and if they did not change their ways they would find themselves without.
"FORSAKE ALL AND FOLLOW ME!"
Now, when He left the house there was a great multitude there to hear Him, and He began to teach them.
2 "If any man comes to me but loves his father, his mother, his wife, children, brothers or sisters, or even his own life more than he loves Me, he cannot be my disciple. Whosoever will not take up his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
3 For which of you intending to build a tower does not first calculate the cost, whether he has sufficient funds to finish it? It is foolish to barely lay the foundation and find that you do not have enough to finish the work. How those about shall mock him, saying, 'Foolish, foolish man! He began this mighty building and is not able to finish!'
4 What king going to war does not sit down first and count his thousands, for if he has ten-thousand, and the enemy has twenty-thousand, can he prevail? I say not. If he is wise he takes to his fortress and sends emissaries, desiring there be peace.
5 If you are not willing to forsake all you have, to risk all you possess, you cannot be my disciple. 6 What salt is good after it has lost its flavor? Is it any good to reason with? It is neither fit for the land, or, for the dungheap, but man cast it out.
7 He that has ears to hear, let him hear."
THE PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON
Then drew near to Him all the Publicans and sinners for to hear Him. The Pharisees and Scribes muttered, "This man receives sinners and eats with them!"
2 Jesus spoke a parable to them.
3 "What man of you having one-hundred sheep if he loose one, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness and go after that one which is lost until he finds it?
4 When he finds it, he lifts it up onto his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home he calls his friends and neighbors, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
5 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over the one sinner that is redeemed, more than the ninety and nine just who have no repentence.
6 Neither what woman having ten pieces of silver if she loses one does not light a candle and sweep the house searcing relentlessly until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls to her friends saying, 'Rejoice with me! I have found the piece I have lost!'
7 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy with the angels of God over one sinner that is redeemed."
8 He continued, "A certain man has two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Give me that portion of the inheritance that shall be mine.'
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