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The Inviting God Matthew 22:1-14

The Inviting God

God has invited us to the dance, so why is it often so hard to accept?

At a Glance

We begin with the world's largest church (according to Guinness World Records). It's in Africa and holds 18,000 people. And virtually no one attends. This reminds us of the king who opened a banquet hall to host a party, and no one came. The king was not happy.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time ...," October 9, 2011, at

In West Africa -- Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), to be specific -- there's this huge, ginormous cathedral. It looks like a big pearl rising from the surrounding squalor.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro is listed in Guinness World Records as the largest church in the world, surpassing the previous record holder, Saint Peter's Basilica. It has an area of 30,000 square meters (322,917 sq. ft.) and is 158 meters (518 ft.) high.

Granted, not everyone, including the Vatican, was thrilled, or is thrilled. The good people of West Africa wonder why ...

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