#961 March 28, 1993 - 1 1:00am
(transcribed from tape)
We are studying the Parables, as we have been for many Sundays. And I hope you
open your Bibles with me to Luke the 18th chapter. If you didn't bring a Bible, there'll
be one in the pew rack in front of you. If you open your Bible to Luke chapter 18,
beginning with verse 9 through verse 14;
"And Jesus also told this parable to certain ones who trusted in themselves that
they were righteous and viewed others with contempt. Two men went up into
the temple to pray: one a pharisee, and the other a tax gatherer. The pharisee
stood and was praying thus to himself, 'God I thank Thee that I am not like
other people, swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax gatherer. I fast
twice a week. I pay tithes of all that I get.' But the tax gatherer standing some
distance away was unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his
breast saying, 'God be merciful to me the sinner.' I tell you, says Jesus, this
man went down to the house justified rather than the other. For everyone who
exalts himself shall be humble, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted."
Let's pray together.
Our heavenly Father, we thank you for the joy and the privilege and the thrill
of worship. To be in this place assembled at this moment is a special time for
all of us. Father, you speak now, and let me get out of the way so that Thy
word and Thy truth might be heard and may we receive it and may we take this
truth and apply it into our everyday living. For we make this prayer through
Jesus Christ our savior and our Lord. Amen.
When my granddaughter, Lee Beth, turned six a few months back, she said she
wanted a Bible with soft pages. She had a children's Bible with those hard pages and
she said, "I want a Bible with soft pages." And so she got a Bible with soft pages and
she got a little holder for it, those little colorful things that girls carry around, anothe ...
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