The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14 ~ My Sermon Notes from the service today.

Who was Jesus talking to?
Those confident in their own righteousness & looked down on others

… that I’m not like other people…
It’s our nature to compare ourselves to others – as better than, or at least not as bad as…

The reality?
We are all the same. Sinners, fallen short of the glory of God.

Galatians 6:4
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.

“comparison is the thief of joy”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“God have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Actions are louder than words. The actions in the story? stood apart, didn’t look up to God, beat his breast. He didn’t even consider himself worthy to approach God.

Be humble before God, or be humbled. – Luke 15:14

God can exalt us WAY more than we can exalt ourselves.

Jesus sees us through the loving eyes of compassion. We are not the standard of comparison, Jesus is.

Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32

The older son’s relationship with the father is based on obligation, whereas the younger son’s relationship basis transformed from selfish rebellion to humble submission. The father’s relationship with the sons is based on unconditional love.

There’s also a whole works vs. grace vibe in this story as well as obligation vs. sacrifice element. What is your motivation/attitude regarding the inheritance we receive from the Father?

Habitica App

When I spotted this Habitica App from my Evernote newsletter a little while back, I just had to try this out! It speaks to my GTD kind of personality. I thought my teenagers might like it enough to use it and maybe remove the need for me to “nag” so much!

I downloaded, installed, and registered with this app on Android earlier today. The app is lovely, easy to use, the tour is cute without babying, and the website interface is spectacular. I can see this being a lot of fun (AND productive) for the teens. If I were more of a gamer personality, I would probably really enjoy this myself!

One caution: I wouldn’t recommend this for younger than teenagers since there are chat rooms (taverns) and the like. Here’s more info on the app from Common Sense Media. I’m curious to see if Bark.us* is able to monitor this platform.