The Rich Man and Lazarus

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The Pharisees loved money, trusted in their standing before God, and considered themselves holy. Jesus proclaimed to them the grand reversal in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. We do well to also heed His message.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’
But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.’
And he said, ‘I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’
But Abraham saith, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
And he said, ‘Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.’
And he said unto him, ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead'” (Luke 16:19-31).

The Rich Man and Lazarus
Jesus' Parables

 
 
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Abuse of Authority

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God has given authority to people as a stewardship; they are to serve those under their charge as those who will have to give an account. Yet people are sinners, and authority gets abused. Why do people abuse authority? What does abuse of authority look like? What should Christians do about the abuse of authority?

Abuse of Authority

Abuse of Authority
Authority

 
 
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Serving Jesus at Work

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Work is a major part of human existence. Work can be good; yet work can become an idol, and lead to covetousness and great anxiety. If the Lord Jesus returned today, would He have been honored by our conduct at work, in our relationships at work, and with the fruits of the produce of our labor?

Serving Jesus at Work

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Serving Jesus at Work
Serving Jesus Today

 
 
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The Higher Way

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Paul has encouraged the Colossian Christians to root themselves in Jesus, the image of the invisible God, the treasury of all wisdom and knowledge. If they want to be alive in Christ, they must follow His higher way, taking off the worldly lusts and sins which lead to death, and to put on righteousness and its fruit.

The Higher Way

If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.

Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things’ sake cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience: wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things; but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.

Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:1-17).

The Higher Way
Paul's Letter to the Colossians

 
 
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