Midweek Message

LABC Update – Saturday, October 22, 2022

Jim Hopkins

October 21, 2022


I trust that you will be able to enjoy the gifts of this October Saturday. Prayers for us all as we negotiate challenges and name our blessings.

In tomorrow’s worship the central scripture will be  the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

Luke 18

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:

10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’

13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

I will encourage us to think of the ways in which we all have a little bit of the crowd, a little bit of the Pharisee, a little bit of the tax collector, and, hopefully, a little bit of Jesus in us.

Henri Nouwen said it well, “There is within you a lamb and a lion. Spiritual maturity is the ability to let the lamb and lion lie down together.”



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