Where Is the Fairness?

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September 24, 2017. Pastor Penny preaches today on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, from Matthew 20. Sometimes life doesn’t feel fair. We might try to be the best Christians, the best family members, the best citizens. So shouldn’t we be rewarded more than people who don’t? If the reward is the same no matter what we do, where is the fairness? But if we step back and look at our lives through God’s eyes, we realize that we’ve already received the reward. We have a calling, a purpose. God sought us out to bless us and empower us to be a blessing to others.

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