Paid in Full

By David Armstrong

In the Parable of the Mansion, Jack and Francine face a most bizarre and unlikely scenario. Their house hunt looks hopeless until their real estate agent shows them a magnificent mansion and presents them with a “once in a lifetime” deal. If they can come up with a down payment, the agent will pay the balance of the cost of the house. In other words, the agent will buy the fabulous mansion for the young couple, provided they can come up with a reasonable down payment. Unbelievable, right?

But wait, there’s more!

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Let Nothing Turn Us Away

At one point in His ministry that marked a turning point, Jesus taught doctrine about our needing to eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:51–58). Some who followed Him found this doctrine hard to swallow. They said, “This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” and then many “walked no more with him” (vv. 60, 66).

Some turn away from Christ for less than a lack of understanding or difficulty accepting His teachings. For some, it takes more, but still they turn away.

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A Discussion on the Royal Marriage Feast

In last week’s general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about the parable of the royal wedding feast from Matthew 22. He reviewed the purpose of parables in general and then discussed the meaning of several elements of this particular parable. I recommend it to you as this week’s parable.

“Put On Thy Strength, O Zion”

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