Saturday, May 5, 2012

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THE BIBLE



THE CALL OF SIMON THE FISHERMAN
LUKE 5:1-11






Luke
Chapter 5

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1 While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
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He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
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Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
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After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch."
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Simon said in reply, "Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets."
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When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
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They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking.
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When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."
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For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him,
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and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men."
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When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything 2 and followed him.




THE APPEARANCE TO THE SEVEN DISCIPLES
JOHN 21:1-14




John
Chapter 21

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1 After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way.
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Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's sons, 2 and two others of his disciples.
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3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We also will come with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
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When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
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Jesus said to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat?" They answered him, "No."
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So he said to them, "Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something." So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.
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So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.
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The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish.
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4 When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
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Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you just caught."
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So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three 5 large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
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Jesus said to them, "Come, have breakfast." And none of the disciples dared to ask him, 6 "Who are you?" because they realized it was the Lord.
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Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish.
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7 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.




MATTHEW 20:1-16
THE WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD




Matthew
Chapter 20

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1 "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
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After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
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Going out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
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2 and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.'
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So they went off. (And) he went out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did likewise.
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Going out about five o'clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?'
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They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'
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3 When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.'
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When those who had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
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So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.
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And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner,
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saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.'
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He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you. 4 Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
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5 Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
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(Or) am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?'
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6 Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."














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