St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Runge: Be humble before God and be exalted
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"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted" - Luke 18:14. The holy gospel according to Luke chapter eighteen. "He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

The Pharisee reminds one of the lyric from a song "It's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way". Arrogant people like this Pharisee regard themselves as better than others and judge others, and the Pharisee exalted himself and degraded the tax collector. In society a tax collector could be a person who was not well liked, but the tax collector was a humble person who prayed that God be merciful to him. He knew he was in need of God's mercy. All must all be reminded that Christ is the Savior of all and one should try to lead Godly lives as called to do by Christ, and not become arrogant in Christianity but be humble and serve the Lord. On this Reformation Sunday, may humans and the church be reformed into something new each day and praise God. God is what's important and as one sees the wonders of his work each day, one has good reason to be humble before God and pray for His mercy for sins.

Prayer: Lord, teach me true humility and strength of character. Make me a faithful follower of your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, children's Sunday School, and Adult Bible study of Revelation. Women's Bible study is Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Monecke's home, and Wednesday night Bible study is Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the church. (The church will begin a new study beginning Nov. 6 if anyone would like to join the group.) As always, the church welcomes all visitors who would like to come and see.

Receive the blessing--The Lord Bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.
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