October 21st, 2007. The Scripture reading is Luke 18 Speaker 1: "That's position there for a reason or Patty interrupting me. On a serious note though, if you'll turn with me to Luke 18 and we'll get started because it's a long, it's the entire chapter. "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, 'In a certain city there was judge who need to fear God nor regarded men and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Vindicate me against my adversary. For while he refused but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I need to fear God nor regard men, yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her or she will wear me out by her continual coming.' And the Lord said, 'Hear what the unrighteous judge says and will not God vindicate his elect who cried to him day and night? Will he delight long over them? I tell you he will vindicate them speedily. " "Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?' He also told his parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others. Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other tax collector. The Pharisee stood and thus prayed with himself, 'God, I thank thee that I am not like other men; extortioners, unjust, adulterers or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector standing far off would not even lift up his eyes to heaven but beat his breast saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled. But he who humbles himself will be exalted.' " "Now, they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him saying, 'Let the children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.' And the ruler asked him, 'Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments; 'Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.' He said, 'All this I have observed from my youth.' When Jesus heard it, he said to him, 'One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow me.' " "When he heard this, he became sad for he was very rich. Jesus looked at him and he said, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God. For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' Those who heard it said, 'Then who can be saved?' But he said, 'What is impossible with men is possible with God.' Peter said, 'Lo, we have left our homes and followed you.' And he said to them, 'Truly I say to you, there is no man who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive manifold more in this time and in the age to come eternal life.' And taking the twelve, he said to them, 'Behold, we're going up to Jerusalem and everything that is written of the Son of man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. They will scourge him and kill him and on the third day, he will rise.' " "But they understood none of these things. This thing was hid from them and they did not grasp what was said. As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a multitude going by, he inquired with this men. They told him, 'Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.' And he cried, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.' And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me.' And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 'What do you want me to do for you?' He said, 'Lord, let me receive my sight.' And Jesus said to him, 'Receive your sight, your faith has made you well.' And immediately, he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people when they saw it gave praise to God." The Word of the Lord. " Class: "Praise God.