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Always room in God's kingdom

Jesus told a parable about a man who invited his friends and neighbors to a banquet, but they declined. So he told his servants to go find anyone who was hungry or loney or in need. Still ther was room. "Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in," the host said, "so that my house will be full." (Luke 14:23, NIV)

In "Searching for Sunday," Rachel Held Evans retells this story and writes: "This is what God's kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes. And there's always room for more."

We're all "outcasts and oddballs" in one way or another! May we know that God warmly invites us to his banquet -- for no reason but that we're hungry.

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