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.