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Whether it’s Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the east coast, another act of gun violence, or some other tragedy, you’re likely to hear a heartfelt comment: “My thoughts and prayers are with you.” Many cynics are saying lately that this is effectively cheap talk. Is it?

Also, with a new school year and our new course “Financial Peace University” about to commence, we’re reminded of this week’s Gospel from Luke 14:

8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Is this a bit of political advice? Does this mean not to pursue knowledge or try to better your station in life with the gifts God has given you for a vocation? 

For more on the topic, also listen to Pastor’s sermon.

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Every Sunday at Trinity: 
Bible Study - 9 am and Worship - 10 am

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 pm at Trinity – Financial Peace University

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 17, and 24, 5 pm at Old Dominion University, Webb Center, 2nd Floor, Rabbi Reich Room – Lutheran Campus Ministry.

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