In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.
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What do you want out of life? You are probably no different than me and most other people. We desire love, peace, hope, confidence, happiness, security and the awareness of accomplishment—that is, that one’s life has meaning. Fritz Ridenour who wrote “How to be a Christian Without Being Religious” says we may express it in different ways, but by and large this is what most people desire out of life. In Romans 5:1-11 Paul claims the Christian who has been justified, that is, made right with God, may have all of these things. Through our faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us (Romans 5:1) we may enjoy real peace with God. In addition our new faith brings us wonderful and practical results, namely, we are given new potential, new power and a new Friend. Read the rest of this entry »