Overcoming the Violent Tyranny of Death – John 11:17-44

In John's narrative of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, a gnawing statement surfaces not once, twice, but three times. "Jesus, if you’d been here, this would not have happened!" Couldn’t Jesus have prevented the death of his friend, Lazarus? The neighbors mumble: “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have … Continue reading Overcoming the Violent Tyranny of Death – John 11:17-44

Treasuring the Temporal or the Eternal – Luke 16:19-31

Here are three practical implications from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. A.  DANGER: Treasuring the temporal blinds us to the eternal. Money and wealth blind us. We see this danger of wealth in the life of the rich man. He was not sent to hell because of his wealth, he was sent to … Continue reading Treasuring the Temporal or the Eternal – Luke 16:19-31

Homo Unius Libri – A Man of One Book

The rich man in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus was not condemned because he was rich, any more than the poor man was justified for being poor. The issue was not whether these men were rich or poor, but whether or not these men believed the Scriptures and trusted in the Redeemer … Continue reading Homo Unius Libri – A Man of One Book

Confessing Our Sins Together – based upon Luke 16:19-31

AFFIRMING JUSTICE AND MERCY “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  - Amos 5:23-24 He has show you O man; What is good and what does the Lord require … Continue reading Confessing Our Sins Together – based upon Luke 16:19-31

Worship Reflections based upon The Rich Man and Lazarus

Of all the winds that blow on love, The demand for money is the coldest and most destructive. - Gustave Flaubert A reversal at the outset of the story is that the beggar is given a name and the rich man is not. That single fact ought to alert us that the story we are … Continue reading Worship Reflections based upon The Rich Man and Lazarus