Date: August 20, 2000

Series: The Parables of Jesus

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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Matthew 20

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He answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

Sometimes blessings come to us through our labors and sometimes without our labors, but never because of our labors; for God always gives them because of His undeserved mercy."

Martin Luther, Commentary on Deuteronomy 8:17-18

We rejoice in the generosity of God's grace as long as it is directed toward us, or our friends. But how do we feel when someone whom we think does not deserve it is blessed by God?"

Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace

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