Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Focus Church: Hillsboro/Transformation (House Spring)
Pastor: Harold E Long and spouse Susan

Mozambique Church: Chitimsa

Pastor: Jardim Carimo Suluge


Please keep Fonda Davis, spouse of Rev. Michael Davis, Reagan’s Chapel, in prayer as she resides in the hospital.  Notes of caring and concern may be sent to:  Michael and Fonda Davis, 2305 Sherwood Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 or [email protected].  

Revs. Bruce and Peggy Jeffries celebrate the birth of their first grandchild, Lucas Ian Jeffries, born September 8. Congratulations may be sent to [email protected], or to their home: 3750 Miller Drive, Apt. 1107, Columbia MO 65201.

Prayers are requested for the family of E. Maxine (Butts) Desmarteau, surviving spouse of Rev. William R. Butts, on her recent passing. Words of comfort may be sent to 2800 NE 76th Terrace, Gladstone, MO 64119.


Scripture - Matthew 21:23-32

Jesus’ authority questioned

23 When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”

24 Jesus replied, “I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. 25 Where did John get his authority to baptize? Did he get it from heaven or from humans?”

They argued among themselves, “If we say ‘from heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But we can’t say ‘from humans’ because we’re afraid of the crowd, since everyone thinks John was a prophet.” 27 Then they replied, “We don’t know.”

Jesus also said to them, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.

Parable of two sons

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. Now he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’

29 “‘No, I don’t want to,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went.

30 “The father said the same thing to the other son, who replied, ‘Yes, sir.’ But he didn’t go.

31 “Which one of these two did his father’s will?”

They said, “The first one.”

Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom ahead of you. 32 For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him.

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