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Becoming a Man/Woman of Noble Character

Sermon 6 of our series titled "Walking With God"

Ruth 1:16-17 (NIV) - (16) But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. (17) Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."

Ruth 1:20-21 (NIV) - (20) "Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. (21) I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me."

Ruth 2:10-13 (NIV) - (10) At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, "Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me--a foreigner?" (11) Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband--how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. (12) May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge." (13) "May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord," she said. "You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant--though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls."

Ruth 3:8-11 (NIV) - (8) In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet. (9) "Who are you?" he asked. "I am your servant Ruth," she said. "Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer." (10) "The LORD bless you, my daughter," he replied. "This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. (11) And now, my daughter, don't be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.

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Ruth 4:16-17 (NIV) - (16) Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. (17) The women living there said, "Naomi has a son." And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

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