Apologize

8Nov

Apologize

luke18:9-14

In the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus reminds his disciples of the substance of faith, a faith that saves. The church-going Pharisee relied on his own righteousness for God's approval. On the day of judgment he will be humiliated. On the other hand, the tax collector relied on God's mercy, asking God to turn aside his righteous anger. As a consequence, this sinner was justified; God now treated him as if he had never sinned. Here then is the substance of a faith that saves, it is a faith that relies on Christ's faithfulness and not our own.


Scripture reading by Amy Kessler

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 23, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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Count on God

8Nov

Count on God

Luke 18:1-8

Our passage today points to a time of despair, when our faith may be denied. The parable of the Persistent Widow serves to encourage us not to despair, but rather to call on the living God for his just intervention. In the tribulation of the last days all may seem helpless, but if an unjust judge will act for a poor widow, how much more will a just God act for his people? That being said, it still is easy to doubt in times of trouble. All the more reason to hold onto Jesus - both good times and bad.

Scripture reading by Sharon Liebelt

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded October 16, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

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