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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Humility

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The world has never really thought much of humility, yet it remains the essential posture for the servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who humble themselves like Jesus will be exalted with Him; those who exalt themselves will be humiliated on the final day.

Humility

Humility
Righteousness

 
 
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Defining Our Spiritual Association

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Christians are to jointly participate in the faith. But what are the limits of that association? On what basis, and to what end?

Defining Our Spiritual Association

Defining Our Spiritual Association
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Seeking Biblical Unity

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Jesus prayed for all believers to be one with one another as Jesus is with the Father (John 17:20-23). Those who belong to Jesus will share in that unity. But why is the world of Christendom so divided? How can Christians strive to better manifest the unity of the faith?

Seeking Biblical Unity

Seeking Biblical Unity
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We Are the Ones For Whom We Have Been Waiting

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It’s not just a great political slogan. It’s the Gospel truth. We are the ones for whom we have been waiting to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and serve actively in His Kingdom!

We Are the Ones For Whom We Have Been Waiting

We Are the Ones For Whom We Have Been Waiting

 
 
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Righteousness

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Righteousness: is it only about lists of things to do or not to do? Is it an insurance policy for prosperity? Is righteousness the particular provenance of a specific group? We do well to explore the textures inherent in understanding righteousness in the sight of God.

Righteousness

(for a treatment on the basics of righteousness, please consider What Is Righteousness?.)

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Legalism

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Christians who seek Biblical authority for all they do will often be called “legalists.” To seek authority need not make one a legalist; nevertheless, legalism and a law-based posture represent dangerous temptations for Christians as it proved to be for the Pharisees of the past. We cannot earn our salvation; we do well to maintain a faith-based posture before God in Christ!

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Establishing Priorities

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Most of us are not spending our time in wanton sin. But we are saturated with all kinds of good works that consume much of our time. Yet there is the better part, to sit at the feet of Jesus. How well do we prioritize the better part over the good part?

Establishing Priorities

Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.”
But the Lord answered and said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).

Establishing Priorities
Jesus' Instruction

 
 
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Counting the Cost

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Jesus demands full commitment and the renunciation of all things. God gives salvation in Jesus as a free gift, but it costs us everything. To this end we all do well to count the cost to see whether we will follow the Lord and obtain life or turn aside in our own ways unto death.

Counting the Cost

Now there went with him great multitudes: and he turned, and said unto them, “If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it? Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’
Or what king, as he goeth to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh conditions of peace.

So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:25-33).

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Jesus' Instruction

 
 
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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

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