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Fruit of the Spirit—Self-Control: Part 3 (Decision Making)

11 He also said: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.’ So he distributed the assets to them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living. 14 After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. 15 Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him any. 17 When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. 19 I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. 21 The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father told his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, 24 because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.

(Luke 15:11-24)

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Luke 10:1

“The Seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a lightning flash. Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will ever harm you. However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'”

Luke 10:17-20 (HCSB)

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Luke 24:13

“’Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn’t see Him.’ He said to them, ‘How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”

Luke 24:24-27 (HCSB)

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Luke 2

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered.”

Luke 2:1 (HCSB)

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Luke 12:32 – Little Flock

“Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.”

Luke 12:32 (HCSB)

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Luke 19:11 – The Parable of the 10 Minas

“As they were listening to this, He went on to tell a parable because He was near Jerusalem, and they thought the kingdom of God was going to appear right away…”

Luke 19:11 (HCSB)

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Luke 17:20 – The Coming of the Kingdom

“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is among you.”

Luke 17:20-21 (HCSB)

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Luke 17:11 – Ten Men Healed

“While traveling to Jerusalem, He passed between Samaria and Galilee.  As He entered a village, 10 men with serious skin diseases met Him. They stood at a distance and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Luke 17:11-13 (HCSB)

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Luke 17:1-10

“He said to His disciples, “Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through!”

Luke 17:1 (HCSB)

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