Sermon Transcript – Woe to the Selfishly Ambitious

1 Year Lectionary – Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity – Sunday, October 9, 2022 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

Welcome to the Teaching Ministry of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Kongsvinger is a beacon for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is located on the plains of Northwestern Minnesota.
We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:22The holy Gospel
0:29According to Saint Luke the 14th chapter
0:39one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees they were watching him carefully and
0:45behold there was a man before him who had dropsy and Jesus responded to the lawyers and the Pharisees saying is it
0:51lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not but they remained silent then he took him and healed him and sent him away and
0:58said to them which of you having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day will not immediately pull
1:04him out and they could not reply to these things and now he told a parable to those who were invited when he
1:11noticed how they chose the places of Honor saying to them when you were invited by someone to a wedding Feast Do
1:17not sit in a place of honor lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him and he who invited you both will
1:24come and say to you give your place to this person and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place but when
1:30you are invited go and sit in the lowest place so that when your host comes he may say to you friend move up higher
1:36then you’ll be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you for everyone who exalts himself will be
1:42humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted this is the gospel of the
1:47Lord in the name of Jesus you guys remember widely coyote and the
1:53Roadrunner like my favorite cartoon growing up and one of the things I remember distinctly as a kid thinking
1:59how stupid does this coyote have to be to think that he’s actually going to catch the Roadrunner right and yet he
2:06tries week after week after week to catch that Old Road Runner using his Acme products and it always ends up
2:13terribly for him always and again his best efforts lead to him careening off of a cliff with that whistling sound
2:22with a big Splat at the end I’m going to say this up front have you
2:27ever stopped to think about how much you have in common with Wiley Coyote
2:32let me kind of let me explain what I mean here the Pharisees in our text today are gospel text they are trying to
2:40figure out how to trap Jesus this isn’t going to go well for them it never does
2:48it’s really as stupid as you get now remember the Pharisees They Don’t Really
2:53accept the word of God they think that they are the Masters over the word of God and they’ve added to God’s word
2:58their oral to raw and this is the tradition of the elders and these people are legitimately trying to save
3:05themselves by their works by their piety by their prayers by their offerings by
3:12their good deeds and things of this sort and always and again when people head down this path they engage in delusional
3:21thinking because along this line you’re going to then think that you are somehow
3:26better than other people right you look at somebody you go well you know at
3:31least I’m not a drug user there at least I pay my taxes I’m a pretty good person and what happens is that when you start
3:37thinking this way you think of yourself as better than everybody else maybe not
3:43everybody but mostly everybody I mean you are part of the elect you are part of the group of people that are super
3:49special They glow in the dark and you get the idea right and that and after a
3:55while you think it’s time for people to start buying your books so that they can be just as holy As You Are
4:00it’s a mess it’s an absolute mess and people like this they don’t love God
4:06they hate him in fact note that Jesus is God in human flesh he’s the very God
4:12that they claim to be worshiping and serving in their prayers and their piety he’s among them and they don’t even
4:18recognize him and we learn from the Gospel of John when we check the cross references here that already by this
4:24point the Pharisees had determined Jesus has got to go and they don’t mean by
4:29Jesus has got to go that means that we’re going to arrest him and ship him off to Malta no no no Jesus has to go
4:36means Jesus needs to die the very God they claim to worship they want to kill him again note how silly
4:44and stupid this is but sin makes us this dumb this delusional so the text goes
4:49one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees they were watching him carefully it’s
4:56pretty clear What’s Happening Here one of the rulers the chief Mucky mucks of the Pharisees says let’s invite Jesus to
5:03my house and we will set up the proverbial catch-22. we’re going to catch Jesus we’re going to put him into
5:09a situation where he’s going to be damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t and we’re going to really enjoy
5:16and relish the fact that we were so clever in Catching Jesus in his own words and the text goes on to say and
5:22behold there was a man before him who had dropsy now this is not a word we use
5:27nowadays in fact when I I know that this has something to do with congestive heart failure but I Googled it anyways
5:34in my sermon preparation the first thing that came up with dropsy is a fish disease you know if you if you keep
5:39aquariums and fish fish can get dropsy but that’s we’re not we’re talking about here we’re talking about well uh one of
5:46the words that we use for something like this is something called edema this is the idea that your body all of a sudden
5:52begins retaining water your ankles swell your knees swell your chest swells and
6:00fluid starts building up inside of your uh your cardiac cavity in here it
6:06becomes hard to breathe and well heart failure is imminent and back in the day
6:11there was no way to treat dropsy it was a death sentence so here they’ve put a
6:17fellow before him it happens to be a Saturday it’s the Sabbath and of course there’s there’s the rub this is the Trap
6:24if Jesus heals on the Sabbath he’s breaking the Sabbath if Jesus doesn’t
6:30heal this fellow well then Jesus really isn’t caring and loving and kind and
6:35merciful and maybe even not even powerful enough to heal somebody with something as terrible as dropsy
6:42and so here is this fellow and Jesus begins first with a question to the
6:49lawyers and to the Pharisees always attorneys and Pharisees they seem to go together it’s only the self-righteous
6:55who can hardly afford lawyers and attorneys like this so Jesus said so let me ask you guys a question is it lawful
7:01to heal on the Sabbath or not what’s your expert opinion right and they say nothing
7:09we’re not going to help you out here Jesus it’s up to you to decide whether or not it is lawful to heal on the
7:17Sabbath or not so Jesus took him healed him and sent him away
7:23note Christ saves lives Jesus truly cares for people and always and again in
7:29legalistic systems you’ll note that humans suffering really kind of kind of shows up low on the things that need to
7:37be addressed instead all they really care about they don’t care how much you’re suffering how poor you are how
7:42naked you are how hungry you are they don’t care about any of that as long as you obey their rules right as long as
7:49you do what you’re told make sure you don’t dance drink smoke or chew and and you know that’s all we care about obey
7:57us and note here that in setting up a system like this what these people are
8:03doing is putting themselves in the position of God they have exalted themselves way up high
8:09so Jesus heals him sends him away and then Jesus since they were being
8:14silenced goes ahead and fills the Silence with his own words and so he asks another question of them so which
8:21of you having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on the Sabbath day
8:26will not immediately pull him out and they could not reply to these things
8:34so their trap has now exploded in their face and they go careening off the cliff
8:41Splat right but note here that Jesus came to seek and save the Lost
8:48that includes the Pharisees Jesus does not will for them to perish he truly
8:54Wills that they would repent and see the delusion of their ways that they would
8:59see how sinful and wicked they truly are and how much like the devil they are so
9:05Jesus then proposes to them a parable that sounds a lot like what we read in our Old Testament text from Proverbs 25
9:12and he says when you are invited by someone to a wedding Feast Do not sit down in a place of honor lest someone
9:19more distinguished than you be invited by him and he who invited you will come and say to you give your place to this
9:25person and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place you see what is this getting at this is
9:32getting at human selfish ambition uh that sinful satanic desire to be noticed
9:39by everybody to have everybody make it clear that you are important to do or
9:45the most important person ever that you are better than everybody else to basically have the praise of other
9:51people in fact Jesus gives us a very lengthy
9:56list of the symptoms of this real problem that affects us all not just the
10:03Pharisees temps each of us daily and Matthew chapter 23 a very lengthy
10:09chapter Jesus goes after the Pharisees hard
10:16and he rebukes them in the strongest of language and details their sin in
10:24minutia in great detail in fact I’m going to read this out even though it’s
10:29long I think it’s helpful here and as I’m reading this out don’t think merely about them Pharisees note here your
10:37sinful nature your old Adam is a Pharisee of Pharisees this is what we
10:43are all like because of our fall into sin and as Jesus says people are born
10:48Children of the devil because of our fallen to sin you’ll note that this list sounds a lot like how the devil operates
10:55but this same thing operates in you and operates in me and we need to be saved
11:01from this so it says in Matthew 23 Jesus said to the crowds and to his
11:07disciples the scribes and the Pharisees they sit on Moses’s seat so do and
11:13observe what they tell you but not the works they do for they preach but they
11:19don’t practice and let me explain what’s happening here what’s the Moses seat if you were to Google that and look at
11:26ancient archaeological sites in the you know from you know from Judea from the
11:31time of Christ each of the synagogues had what was called a Moses seat and
11:36this was something if technically that is established by God in the Old Testament God had ordained that the
11:44Levites the tribe of Levi that not only would they serve in the temple and do
11:49the sacrifices and the things required by the Torah when it comes to the sacrifices but they would also be
11:55charged with the task of teaching Israel teaching Israel the word of God and so
12:02Sabbath after Sabbath after Sabbath the people would take a day day off from their labor and they would rest in the
12:09synagogue and hear the word of God taught to them by the Levites now the Pharisees weren’t necessarily Levites
12:16but they came in and they sat on Moses’s seat which is the teaching seat in the
12:21synagogue and so Jesus here recognizes that the Moses seat is a legitimate office think of it like the Pastoral
12:28office right and you’ll note that some pastors dispense the duties of the Pastoral office correctly others they
12:36don’t other people some pastors serve their congregations others ride them
12:41hard and make their congregations serve them keep that in mind so Jesus notes
12:47the Moses seat is legit so do and observe whatever they tell you as long as they’re preaching the word but the works they do don’t do those
12:54they they preach but they don’t practice they tie up heavy burdens that are hard
12:59to Bear they laid them on people’s shoulders but they themselves they’re not willing to move them with their finger they do all their deeds to be
13:08seen by others for they make their flackataries broad their fringes long
13:14and they love the place of honor at the feasts and the best seats in the
13:19synagogue greetings in the marketplaces and being called Rabbi by others but you
13:25are not to be called rabbi for you have one teacher and you are all
13:31Brothers think of it this way have you ever had the unfortunate experience of steering
13:36into a social media account put out by a so-called Christian influencer these accounts are really weird and I
13:44mean this they’re great on photography and marketing they’re thin on biblical theology imagine if you would this this
13:51was a an old analog Bible note the gold leaf and stuff like this and so the Christian influencers they would make
13:57sure to have it opened to just the right passage check the light check the
14:03shallow depth of field on their camera make sure that’s looking good oh and strategically place a good cup of
14:08chamomile or some kind of coffee over here and make sure that there’s a pencil a pen and two different colored
14:15highlighters they’re in the shot oh set this up and then what do they do
14:21click right make sure that they can be seen in a selfie in front of all of it
14:26right and they’ll say something I was so blessed this morning so blessed I was
14:32reading through the book of Ephesians and the Lord just really spoke to my heart I could feel the anointing in the
14:37room today this is how they talk this is how they write you’ll note that people when they do
14:43that they’re not really interested in reading the scriptures are they they’re interested in you thinking
14:50they’re reading the scriptures and with perfect social media presence
14:56they project this pietistic image of themselves where everyone just says oh
15:02you are so holy you are so tight with Jesus no you’re not you are a child of
15:08the devil right but we’re all tempted along these lines let me give you another example
15:16this doesn’t only happen when it comes to piety this also comes in the world of
15:22dating right you discover her or you discover him and you want to figure out
15:27how to get the inside track so that you can get that person’s attention and what do you find out you find out that this
15:34person that you’re really interested in is really into existential philosophers like satra and others so what do you do
15:42well you order some books by satra so that you can read them no no instead
15:47what you do is you just take those books by satra and you strategically place them in your house so that when they
15:52come over to your house on a date they go oh you read satra of course I do ah it’s the best ever really what’s your
15:59favorite passage oh look the cookies are about to burn we better get to uh-huh right putting on pretenses to impress
16:07people it’s all deception and it’s wicked beyond all belief and so
16:14Christ is having none of it in his rebuke of the Pharisees he says you are
16:20not to be called Rabbi for you have one teacher and you are all Brothers in
16:26other words in the Kingdom of Christ we’re all this we’re all family right
16:31and in in families none is greater than the other we’re all children of God and
16:38call no one your father here on Earth for you have one father who is in heaven and neither be called instructors for
16:44you have one instructor the Christ the Messiah Jesus so the greatest among you and listen to the words the greatest
16:49among you shall be your slave the greatest among you shall be your
16:55slave but the world that we live in the greatest Among Us are they the slaves
17:01I want to think about this I think some of the hardest working people in all of
17:06Grand Forks are the people who pick up my trash every single week these people
17:13without fail work in hot and in frigid cold and they’re out there doing an
17:20important work but when was the last time you really thought you know what those Trash Guys they are literally the
17:25best Among Us mm-hmm you get a trash guy you know who
17:31goes out on a date or maybe puts on his social media you know what do you do for a living I uh well I pick up trash
17:38how how many girls are gonna swipe right on that right this is not how we operate this is not
17:45how the world operates the trash guys they’re at the bottom but Jesus says of them the greatest among you shall be
17:52your servant whoever exalts himself will be humbled whoever humbles himself will be exalted and now Jesus really tears
18:00into the Pharisees but woe to you scribes and Pharisees you’re hypocrites you you shut the Kingdom of Heaven in
18:07people’s faces for you neither enter it yourselves nor do you allow those who
18:12would enter to go in and I want you to note here Pharisees are religious leaders and Jesus has
18:18basically said you go into hell and not only are you going to hell but anybody
18:24who comes to you seeking to actually enter into eternal life you are making sure that they don’t that’s how Wicked
18:31and deceived they are woe to you scribes and Pharisees you Hypocrites you travel across sea and
18:38land in order to make a single proselyte and when he becomes a proselyte you make him twice as much a child of hell as
18:44yourselves and we we hear this in our modern day and age and you sit there and
18:50go did Jesus really just say that yeah he he did you’ll note that he’d
18:56probably get kicked off of tick tock if he put out a tick tock with this kind of language in there for the grave sin of
19:03extremism and yet Jesus makes it very clear who these people are really about where
19:10their end and Eternity is and he’s not speaking kind words by any polite
19:15standards woe to you blind guides who say well if anyone swears by the temple
19:21it’s nothing but if anyone swears by the gold that’s in the temple well then he’s
19:26Bound by his oath and here you can see that their delusional false religion has
19:33led them to not properly weight things when it comes to those things that are important as opposed to those things
19:38that are not they’re not able to make the proper distinction between the sacred and the secular and as a result
19:45of it like the greedy people that they are they don’t care anything about God’s
19:50Temple what’s the thing they care about the gold right and so if anyone swears by the
19:57temple well that’s nothing but if anyone swears by the gold that’s in the temple and boy do we love gold he’s Bound by
20:03his oath you blind fools Jesus says for which is greater the gold
20:10or the temple that has made the gold sacred and you say if anyone swears by
20:16the altar well that’s nothing but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar well then he’s Bound by his oath
20:23the altar is nothing right the altar is no big deal but the money the gift that’s on the altar right
20:32you’ll note that with self-righteousness and this kind of delusional way of thinking
20:37It’s All About Me Myself and I money power control so Jesus says you blind men which is
20:44greater the gift on the altar that makes the gifts or or the gift what makes
20:49which is greater the gift on the altar that makes the gift sacred so whoever swears by the altar swears by it and
20:55everything on it whoever swears by the temple swears by it in him who dwells in it and whoever swears by Heaven swears
21:01by The Throne of God and by him who sits upon it woe to you scribes and Pharisees
21:06you hypocrites you tithe mint and Dill and cumin yeah that’s right these guys
21:13literally tithe all the way down to the herbs in their Garden right mint dill
21:18and cumin but you’ve neglected the weightier matters of the law Justice
21:24Mercy faithfulness they didn’t care about Justice at all
21:29because they were well these are the same guys who had Jesus crucified they
21:35manipulated the justice system in their favor in order to get rid of those who they considered to be dangerous or
21:41Rivals people who would threaten their power and their Prestige and as far as Mercy is concerned there’s not a hint
21:48that the Pharisees had even one ounce of Mercy inside of them and note here I’m
21:55not merely talking about Pharisees I’m talking about you I’m talking about me
22:00I’m talking about our sinful Natures right Jesus says to them these you ought
22:05to have done without neglecting the others and you blind guides you strain out a gnat and swallow a camel woe to
22:12you scribes and Pharisees you Hypocrites you clean the outside of the cup and the plate but inside they’re full of greed
22:18and self-indulgence you blind Pharisees first clean the inside of the cup and
22:24the plate so the outside may be clean woe to you scribes and Pharisees you Hypocrites for you are like white washed
22:31tombs which outwardly appear beautiful but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness this is the
22:39the false facade that is put forward by the self-righteous always trying to make
22:45people convinced that they have got their act together that they’ve legitimately Are Holy and all this
22:51Christ says you are nothing but whitewashed tombs a lot of good whitewash does on a tomb right because
22:58the inside of those tombs it’s just disgusting and so you also outwardly
23:06you appear righteous to others but within you are full of hypocrisy
23:12you are full of lawlessness woe to you scribes and Pharisees you Hypocrites for you build the tombs of
23:18the prophets decorate the monuments of the righteous saying well if we had lived in the days of our fathers we
23:24would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets thus you witness against yourselves that
23:31you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets Philip then the measure of your fathers you serpents you brood of
23:37vipers how are you to escape being sentenced to hell listen again to that phrase you serpents
23:45you brood of vipers your mother is a snake is what Jesus is saying of these people and it’s a hint that takes us
23:52back to the Garden of Eden to the serpent who plunged us into the misery that we find ourselves in through the
23:57Temptation that he spoke to our first parents and saying if you eat of the fruit of this tree you will be like God
24:05:00so what don’t you want to be like God well of course I do I’m I mean after all I’m super important right and Jesus says
24:13:00you are your brood of vipers and he asked the question how are you to escape the sentence of hell
24:19:00that’s the question that all of us need to answer because you’ll note that in
24:24:00Jesus ripping into the Pharisees there’s things that we all have in common with them and it’s actually frightening and
24:31:00terrifying in so many ways we also are full of selfish ambition we are full of
24:38:00vain conceit we are full of the delusion that somehow we can attain salvation by
24:46:00our good works by our piety and all of this Jesus says is nothing more than a
24:52:00good wash of paint on an em on a tomb full of dead people’s bones so how then
24:58:00are we to escape being sentenced to hell how has anybody to escape that sentence
25:03:00you’ll know Jesus makes it very clear the one who exalts himself will be humbled but the one who humbles himself
25:10:00will be exalted and the key there then the gospel is found in that last bit the
25:16:00one who humbles himself will be exalted think of it this way each and every one
25:21:00of us we are all guilty of exalting ourselves in the most ridiculous stupid and well sinful ways that you could
25:28:00possibly imagine our hope is not in our pious and if it is you need to change
25:34:00your hope altogether but our hope is in the one who actually humbled himself perfectly and he did so for you he did
25:42:00so for me in fact Paul says it this way in Philippians chapter 2. if there’s any
25:49:00encouragement in Christ there’s any comfort from love any participation in
25:54:00the spirit any affection and sympathy complete my Joy by being of the same mind having the same love being in full
26:01:00accordion of one mind do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit do nothing
26:09:00and it’s important to note that Christians need to hear this admonishment because we are still have a
26:15:00sinful nature and our sinful nature does many things from selfish ambition and from vain conceit and so it is only then
26:22:00through the power of the holy spirit that we can obey this command of the Holy Spirit to do nothing out of selfish
26:29:00ambition or conceit instead we are to do things in humility and we are to count
26:35:00others as more significant than ourselves every single person that you come in
26:43:00contact with as a Christian the right frame of mind is to count every one of
26:49:00them as more significant than you and if you were to think of it this way if you were to really adopt this command
26:57:00if you were to really have this mind that we are called to have in Christ to
27:03:00count others as more significant than ourselves then you’ll note this that every single invitation you receive
27:10:00whether the person be great by the world standards or the least by the world standards as long as you consider that
27:18:00person to be greater than yourself then everybody that you are with it would be
27:23:00an honor to be with them it would be an honor to serve them it would be an honor to love them and to
27:30:00care for them and that’s the mentality that comes only through the cross look then not only to your own interests but
27:37:00also to the interests of others and if your sinful Adams says yeah but if I look after the interest of other people
27:43:00when am I supposed to take care of my own interests just search the internet do a social media search do it on Tick
27:51:00Tock or an Instagram or even on Facebook or Twitter do a search for it’s time to love me
27:57:00right and all the Articles and resources that are out there telling you you
28:02:00deserve to have some me time to love yourself and To Love Yourself well you
28:08:00deserve do you deserve the best that life has to give right it’s all satanic it’s all a form of
28:15:00selfish ambition instead we are to look to the interests of others and so with
28:20:00this then Paul then steers us directly into the mystery of the Incarnation the gospel itself
28:27:00have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus who though he was the by Nature God he did not count
28:33:00equality with God a thing to be grasped instead he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant a slave being born
28:40:00in the likeness of men and being found in human form he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death
28:46:00even death on a cross you’ll note that each and every one of us we are guilty of exalting ourselves the one who exalts
28:53:00himself will be humbled but Christ is the one who perfectly humbled himself he
28:59:00is God of God light of light very God of very God begotten not made as we confessed and then I see in Creed and
29:06:00Christ who is the highest came to Earth as the lowest in order that we might be
29:13:00saved he humbled himself becoming obedient to the point of death even
29:18:00death on a cross and that’s what it took to redeem and to reconcile us to God we
29:26:00who have exalted it ourselves above God even himself let alone others we who
29:31:00have engaged in this delusional idea that somehow we are better than other
29:37:00people than have engaged in the selfish ambition of climbing over people’s backs
29:43:00to exalt ourselves over other people Christ did the opposite he bore even the
29:49:00sin and the iniquity and the guilt that you have incurred by that demonic and
29:55:00satanic way of thinking and acting and he bled and died on the cross an
30:01:00ignominious death so that you and I can actually be forgiven
30:06:00he became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross and you’ll note then the gospel here in this context is
30:14:00not only good news but also frames then how we are to live our lives and what
30:20:00remains of our time here on this cursed creation we too are to Humble ourselves
30:27:00consider others as more important than we are to serve God to serve others in
30:34:00humility this is what Christ has done for us and so the one who humbled himself now it says therefore God has
30:42:00highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name so that the name of Jesus every knee shall
30:49:00bow in heaven on Earth and under the Earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God
30:55:00the Father so brothers and sisters it’s time to come to grips with the fact
31:02:00you and I have too much Pharisee in US I have too much Pharisee in me
31:08:00and so do you and that therefore we need to confess all the different ways in which we have
31:15:00been delusional in thinking that we can somehow buy into this false
31:21:00sick way of looking at the world and other people and even God and repent of
31:27:00it and ask Christ to forgive us and the good news is that he does and being
31:34:00forgiven and washed having all of our sins washed in the waters of baptism Christ now through the Holy Spirit
31:41:00produces in us the fruit of the spirit have you ever heard sanctification being referred to as having your mind
31:48:00transformed and be more like the mind of Christ that’s a good way to think of
31:54:00sanctification but you’ll note then if that’s truly what sanctification is and
31:59:00it is that it has a lot less to do with not dancing drinking smoking or chewing than it does with humbly loving and
32:08:00serving others that’s true Holiness isn’t any Wonder then that Paul in her
32:13:00epistle text admonishes us to live a walk a life to walk in a manner that is
32:18:00worthy of the calling to which we have been called doing so with all humility gentleness patience in fact bearing with
32:27:00one another in love and eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of Peace this is only attainable
32:34:00through the power of the Holy Spirit to those who formerly had exalted
32:40:00themselves who have been humbled by the preaching of the law and have hope that there is forgiveness of sins in Christ
32:47:00because of the good news of the Gospel we then in order to walk in a way that
32:52:00is worthy of the calling to which we have been called the way of Christ is the way of
32:57:00humbleness gentleness patience goodness kindness and love
33:03:00only attainable for those who recognize that their self-righteousness gets them nowhere with God in fact
33:10:00self-righteousness will get them to Hell rather than to heaven so let us take heart brothers and
33:17:00sisters Christ has humbled himself and God has exalted him we are forgiven in him and so let us cast aside vain
33:25:00glorious ways of living and thinking and instead humbly telling the truth about who we are let us consider everybody as
33:32:00better than ourselves and in so doing fulfill the law of Christ in the name of Jesus Amen
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