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[COMPENDIUM: One can read the Bible passages or one can READ the Bible passages; sometimes we just read for the stories and sometimes we read for meaning of a few verses at a time. Pastor Erickson has been giving thoughts of passages in the book of Luke. These below, are interesting: How everyone can’t be pleased in the church, all of the time.]

Luke 7:31-35 (ESV) “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? [32] They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,

” ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ [33] For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ [34] The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ [35] Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

This happens to be one of my favorite passages in all of scripture, it describes this generation. Some people are never happy, they won’t be happy. They can’t get no satisfaction, because they won’t be satisfied. The church is often like this even today, never satisfied with the gospel, never satisfied with the sacraments. People come and go, some complain there aren’t enough kids, some that there are too many kids. Some complain the service is too stayed, others that it is too up beat. There isn’t a youth group, the youth group takes up too much of the church’s resources. A pastor soon learns he isn’t going to please everyone. People will complain that his sermons are too long, others that they are too short, some that they are too studious, others that they aren’t studious enough.