Lazarus and the Rich Man: Doing What’s Right

Jesus told a story of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Some think this was not just a parable but something that may have actually happened, because no other parable uses someone’s name. Whichever is the case, what Jesus was teaching is what is important. This is a story of a man who had much but did not use it to help others and only cared about His own desires. But when they died, he went to hell, a place of eternal torment, but Lazarus was righteous, and went to heaven. In Part 1 we will discuss doing what’s right and how to treat those in need. Part 2 we will talk about heaven and hell.

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What Kind of Steward Are You?

Jesus mentions stewardship a few times during His ministry, as do the apostles in their letters to the churches. In this parable, he talks about an unjust steward who is applauded by his rich employer for his shrewdness. This is a hard one to understand the lesson behind the story. What do you think?

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Being a Good Samaritan

One of the most popular parables in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. What is Jesus trying to teach us? What does it mean to love your neighbor? Who is your neighbor? As Jesus often does, He takes it a step farther. This is not about salvation. Doing good deeds to your fellow man or woman does not save you. But it is the right thing to do. It is what a saved person would do. And as we discussed in the previous post, there are no excuses.

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Prepare for the Master

Are you prepared for the day when Christ returns? Let us be prepared for that day. Jesus says to watch and be ready. How do we do this? First, trust in Jesus. Those who follow Him will be saved and have eternal life. Second, live for Him. Our actions should reflect that we are His followers. Third, tell others. Do those around you know that you are a believer? Do they know about the gospel?

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Rich Fool

It is not a sin to be rich. Most of us in this country are very rich in terms of the entire world. What is important is what we do with our riches. Do we hoard them or spend them on ourselves and loved ones or do we share the blessings that God gives us? I don’t believe there is anything wrong with spending some of our riches on ourselves, but as Jesus said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. We need to keep things in perspective. We complain about gas prices and slow internet while others do not know where their next meal comes from or whether they will be alive tomorrow. God always looks at our heart. He delights in our compassion and generosity and frowns on greediness and covetousness. This is what Jesus is talking about in His parable of the rich fool.

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