During the sermon on Eph. 1:3-14, I stepped away from the recorder for a couple minutes. During that time I quoted Jesus' words in Matthew 23:37 to make the point that when people reject the Gospel, it is because of their own unwillingness and hardness of heart, not because they were predestined to damnation. On the other hand, for those who are saved, it is solely by the grace of God, and this grace is magnified by the doctrine of predestination. For more on the Lutheran doctrine of predestination or election, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/200854154
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18th Sunday after Pentecost. OT: Isaiah 5:1-7; Epistle: Phil. 3:4b-14; Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
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