Author Pastor Randy Moll

  • For those who missed today’s worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rogers, a link to the worship video is included below.
    The sermon was about the parable of the laborers in the vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16 and asks the question: “What is Fair?”
    https://youtu.be/17yGC8OcjUw

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  • We certainly seem to have a very clear sense of what we consider fair. I don’t think I can remember playing, as a kid, for more than two hours without hearing someone complain about the fairness of what we were doing – whether it was playing football, Monopoly, or video games. Who gets the good controller? Who gets to go first? Who gets to pick first.

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  • The parable of the laborers in the vineyard illustrates these words of Jesus and warns against the assumption that those who work harder, longer or give up more for Christ deserve a greater reward. In this parable, even those who were hired and began working in the vineyard at the eleventh hour received the same wages as those who had toiled for the full day. The householder graciously paid them for a full day’s work.

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  • Who brings us to faith in Jesus Christ that we might have pardon and forgiveness through faith in His name? Who establishes us in the true and saving faith that we might continue to trust in Christ and receive eternal salvation? It is not our doing but solely the working of God through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. To God belongs all the glory. He sent His Son to redeem us; and His Holy Spirit, working through the Scriptures, creates and preserves us in the true faith unto life everlasting. To God be the glory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

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  • What is the Offertory? Following the sermon, and usually just before or after the offering, we sing the Offertory, psalm verses in which we offer up to God thanks and praise for the salvation He has provided for us in Christ Jesus, His Son, and we devote ourselves to God and seek His help to live for Him.

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