Pastor Gary, like us, squirms when Jesus says woe to you who are rich, full and laughing now and when all speak well of you. The kingdom of God is unexpected. Jesus wants us to trust Him, not ourselves.
Reading: Luke 6:17-26
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.Luke 6:22-23 (NRSV)