Just the Facts, Please!

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I apologize for those of you who received my son’s blog post on his archery adventures. When you have two bloggers in the family, posting on the wrong account is bound to happen. At least in our house! If you want to read up on what he has been doing you can always visit www.urbanarcher.net.

Now, here is your Biblical post for the week.  🙂

There are many stories within the New Testament that I’ve heard or read over and over again. Many of Jesus’ parables stand out and are often used in messages and Bible studies. However, this week in Luke I ran across a parable called the rich man and Lazarus. I seldom hear it mentioned or taught on. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. It doesn’t need any explanation and speaks for itself in very convicting way.

“There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’

25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’

27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’

29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:19-31

No commentary needed, right. So how about a prayer?

God, may our hearts and minds be open to receiving your Word. Give us the strength and the courage to share the good news of eternal life through your Son, Jesus Christ so that others may know You. Increase our faith to levels we could have never anticipated or expected so that we can remain under Your wing and receive the gift of eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In Your name we pray, Amen

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