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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:  The Believer Hears Jesus' Warning that those who Exalt themselves will be Humbled   Today Jesus teaches us to be humble. We should be humble before other people. We should also be humble before God, acknowledging our sins and our need for forgiveness. When we humble ourselves before Him in repentance and faith, God will lift us up with his forgiveness.

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus: The Believer Hears Jesus' Warning that the Door to Heaven is Narrow   In the gospel for today we hear Jesus say, "Make every effort to enter throught he narrow door." The door to heaven is narrow. The only way to enter is by repenting of our sins and trusting in Jesus for forgiveness. This narrow door is open for only a limited time. The door closes at the end of a person's life or when Christ returns. The believer takes Jesus' waring to heart. We repent of our sins and believe the gospel, trusting in Jesus for forgiveness.

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:    The Believer Hears Jesus' Warning that the Word of God will Bring Division  In the Gospel today, Jesus says some surprising words: "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division." The Word of God brings division because when the Word of God is preached there will be some who believe it and others who reject it. Jesus warns that this division can occur even within families. This is very painful for believers, but the writer to the Hebrews encourages us to stay faithful to God's Word and "run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus."

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Today's Focus:    Followers of Christ Find True Treasure in Trusting God's Promises  In the Gospel for today Jesus says, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom." That's a promise we can't see now. We need to believe it by faith, just like Abraham believed God's promise of a son (First Lesson) and looked forward to a heavenly country (Second Lesson). Since God's pormise is our true treasure, we are generous with our earthly possessions and stay watchful for Christ's return.