Stories listed below: 

The Shema - Deuteronomy 6:4-7
The Barren Fig Tree - Luke 13:6-9

The Lost Sheep - Luke 15:1-7
The Lost Coin - Luke 15:8-10

Jesus Calms a Storm - Luke 8:22-25

The Two Foundations - Luke 6:46-49 

Blind Bartimaeus - Mark 10:46-52

Parable of the Sower - Mark 4: 1-9

The Paralyzed Man - Mark 2:1-12

The Shema - Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God,
    the Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God
    with all your heart,
    and with all your soul,
    and with all your might. 

Keep these words
    that I command you today in your heart.
Recite them to your children
    and talk about them
         when you are at home 
         and when you are away,
    when you lie down
         and when you rise.

The Barren Fig Tree - Luke 13:6-9

 

Then Jesus told this parable:
“A man had a fig tree
    planted in his vineyard;
    and he came looking for fruit on it
        and found none. 
So he said to the gardener,
     ‘See here! For three years I have come
         looking for fruit on this fig tree,
         and still I find none.
      Cut it down!
      Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 

He replied,
    ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year,
       until I dig around it
       and put manure on it. 
    If it bears fruit next year, well and good;
       but if not, you can cut it down.’”

The Lost Sheep - Luke 15:1-7

Now all the tax collectors and sinners
    were coming near to listen to Jesus. 
And the Pharisees and the scribes
        were grumbling and saying,
    “This fellow welcomes sinners
        and eats with them!”

 

So he told them this parable: 
    “Which one of you,
        having a hundred sheep
           and losing one of them,
        does not leave the ninety-nine
           in the wilderness
        and go after the one that is lost
           until he finds it? 
     When he has found it,
        he lays it on his shoulders
           and rejoices. 
     And when he comes home,
        he calls together
           his friends and neighbors,
        saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me,
           for I have found my sheep
               that was lost.’ 

   "Just so, I tell you,
      there will be more joy in heaven
         over one sinner who repents
      than over ninety-nine
        righteous persons
        who need no repentance."

The Lost Coin - Luke 15:8-10

"Or what woman having ten silver coins, 
   if she loses one of them,
      does not light a lamp,
      sweep the house,
      and search carefully until she finds it? 
When she has found it,
     she calls together her friends
        and neighbors,
        saying, ‘Rejoice with me,
          for I have found the coin
             that I had lost!’

"Just so, I tell you, there is joy 
     in the presence of the angels of God
       over one sinner who repents.”

Jesus Calms a Storm - Luke 8:22-25

One day Jesus got into a boat
      with his disciples,
   and he said to them,
     “Let us go across
        to the other side of the lake.”
So they put out, 
    and while they were sailing
       he fell asleep.

A windstorm swept down on the lake,
    and the boat was filling with water,
       and they were in danger! 
They went to him and woke him up, 
    shouting,
   “Master, Master, we are perishing!”

And he woke up
    and rebuked the wind
        and the raging waves;
        they ceased,
        and there was a calm. 
He said to them,
    “Where is your faith?”
They were afraid and amazed,
    and said to one another,
“Who then is this,
   that he commands even the winds
     and the water, and they obey him?”

The Two Foundations - Luke 6:46-49

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’
    and do not do what I tell you?
I will show you what someone is like
    who comes to me,
       hears my words,
       and acts on them. 
That one is like a man building a house,
    who dug deeply
        and laid the foundation on rock;
    when a flood arose,
        the river burst against that house
            but could not shake it,
        because it had been well built. 
But the one who hears 
    and does not act
    is like a man who built a house
         on the ground without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
    immediately it fell,
    and great was the ruin of that house.”

Blind Bartimaeus Mark 10:46-52

They came to Jericho.
   As Jesus and his disciples
         and a large crowd
       were leaving Jericho,
   Bartimaeus son of Timaeus,
         a blind beggar,
      was sitting by the roadside. 

When he heard
     that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
  he began to shout out and say,
    ‘Jesus, Son of David,
        have mercy on me!’ 
Many sternly ordered him to be quiet,
   but he cried out even more loudly,
   ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’

Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’
And they called the blind man,
   saying to him,
      ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ 
So throwing off his cloak,
   he sprang up and came to Jesus. 

Then Jesus said to him,
    ‘What do you want me to do for you?’
The blind man said to him,
    ‘My teacher, let me see again.’
Jesus said to him,
    ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’
Immediately he regained his sight
   and followed him on the way.

Parable of the Sower: Mark 4:1-9

Again Jesus began to teach beside the lake.
Such a very large crowd
   gathered around him
   that he got into a boat on the lake
      and sat there,
   while the whole crowd
      was beside the lake on the land. 

He began to teach them many things
     in parables,
     and in his teaching he said to them:
  ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. 
  And as he sowed,
     some seed fell on the path,
        and the birds came and ate it up. 
  Other seed fell on rocky ground,
     where it did not have much soil,
     and it sprang up quickly,
         since it had no depth of soil. 
     And when the sun rose,
        it was scorched;
        and since it had no root,
           it withered away. 
Other seed fell among thorns,
    and the thorns grew up and choked it,
         and it yielded no grain.
Other seed fell into good soil
    and brought forth grain,
       growing up
       and increasing
       and yielding
           thirty and sixty
              and a hundredfold.’ 
And he said,
   ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

The Paralyzed Man - Mark 2:1-12

 

When Jesus returned to Capernaum
     after some days,
   it was reported that he was at home.
So many gathered around
  that there was no longer room for them,
     not even in front of the door;
and he was speaking the word to them. 

Then some people came,
   bringing to him a paralysed man,
     carried by four of them. 
And when they could not bring him
      to Jesus
      because of the crowd,
   they removed the roof above him;
   and after digging through it,
   they let down the mat
      on which the paralyzed man lay. 

When Jesus saw their faith,
   he said to the paralyzed man,
   ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ 
Now some of the scribes
     were sitting there,
     questioning in their hearts, ‘
   Why does this fellow speak in this way?
   It is blasphemy!
   Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ 

At once Jesus perceived in his spirit
   that they were discussing
     these questions among themselves;
   and he said to them,
   ‘Why do you raise such questions
        in your hearts? 
   Which is easier,
       to say to the paralyzed man,
   “Your sins are forgiven”,
       or to say,
   “Stand up and take your mat and walk”?
   But so that you may know
      that the Son of Man
         has authority on earth to forgive sins’
     —he said to the paralyzed man—
   ‘I say to you,
       stand up, take your mat
          and go to your home.’ 

And he stood up,
    and immediately took the mat
       and went out before all of them;
    so that they were all amazed
       and glorified God, saying,
  ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

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