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A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his

clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him for dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite [temple assistant], when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

The Good Samaritan

But a certain Samaritan [a people despised and shunned by the Jews of those days], as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him, bandaged his wounds, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two silver coins, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.

With the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught that our neighbor is anyone who needs our help. If we have love, we cant just pass by someone in need; well take action, like the Samaritan did.

Luke 10:25-37 /10:25-37

The Rich Fool

A rich mans farm produced a big crop, and he said to himself, What can I do? I dont have a place large enough to store everything. Later, he said, Now I know what Ill do. Ill tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I can store all my grain and other goods.

But God said to him, You fool! Tonight you will die. Then who will get what you have stored up? The rich man in this parable wanted to build bigger buildings, which was not so bad in itself if he had wanted to do it for the right reasons, but his purpose was to increase his goods for himself, not to share with others. Love for God and others should motivate our lives, rather than a pursuit for our own well-being.

Luke 12:16-21 / 12:16-21

The Prodigal Son

Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, Give me my share of the property. So the father divided his property between his two sons. Not long after that, the younger son packed up everything he owned and left for a foreign country, where he wasted all his money in wild living.

After he had spent everything, a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon the son had nothing to eat. He went to work for a man in that country, and the man sent him out to take care of his pigs. He was so hungry that he would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating. Finally, the younger son got up and started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him.

The father said to the servants, Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has now come back to life. He was lost and has now been found. And they began to celebrate.

Gods love is wonderfully sufficient, unconditional, unlimited, and without end. He loves us when were up and when were down. He loves us when we do things worthy of His praise, and He loves us even when we do things that sadden Him. To think that there isnt even one condition to His love is truly amazing!

Luke 15:11-32 / 15:11-32
Art by Alvi, Danielle Adair, Hugo Westphal and Zondervan . All stories from The Bible; explanations/story moral The Family International.