God is Not Fair. True or False?
Matthew 20 forces us to deal with the hard reality that this is true. Though an equitable God who treats everyone the same would be a lot easier to handle, that’s just not our God. Jesus makes this clear as He tells this parable:
For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out again about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. And, when going out about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’
And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. Matt 20:1-16
Whoa. Now seriously, who among us doesn’t think, “Well, that’s not fair and pretty uncomfortable.” But we know these challenging parts of the Bible are there to teach us, so what can we learn?
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Due to the upcoming Women’s Conference and Good Friday, the March and April First Fridays will be combined and will be the first-ever Last Friday offered on March 31st!
First-Ever Last Friday!
~ Vista Campus ~
A Night of Worship & Praise, Learning and Fun
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
We hope this is a place you can find connection and purpose as we Share Life, Pursue God, and build community.
All of our programs and events are non-smoking, drug & alcohol-free.
Saturday, Feb 18
after Saturday Services
~ 7:00 pm
Meet Up with Other North Coast Singles after Saturday Evening Services!
Lamppost Pizza – Vista
15 Main St b100, Vista, CA 92083
Saturday, Feb 18
Hike Double Peak,
Meet at Lakeview Park
Saturday, Feb 25
after Saturday Services
Join in the fun and socialize with other singles within the ministry!
Single Adult Ministries Night at the Movies
Join us for the 7:15 showing on Opening Night
Friday, February 24th
Pre-purchase your tickets HERE
February 11 – Pizza & Movie Night
February 18 – Supper Club
February 25 – Game Night
March 3 & 4 – NCC Women’s Conference
Special Note: Due to the upcoming Women’s Conference and Good Friday, the March and April First Fridays will be combined and will be the first-ever Last Friday offered on March 31st!
Harbor 35/50 is a place where unmarried men and women, 35 to 50 years old can join together in worship, learning, sharing, community and fun!
Harbor ministry members are more than welcome at all single events, as well as, have Harbor 3550 specific events. Keep an eye out on the website for event updates.
Join this Weekend – all campuses
Each North Coast Church campus offers in-person service options. Details for these options vary by campus
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