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Lazarus and the Rich Man, by Paul Kroll

Jesus told the story of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man to illustrate a point about having an authentic relationship with God. Some believe Jesus meant the parable as a satire of the Pharisees’ belief that they were in a privileged position with God. In that context, the parable would be a statement about their love of privilege and wealth.

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Why God Allows Suffering

a dying flower

Tragedies strike saint and sinner alike. Is God fair? Does it matter to him?

If we believe in God, we have to wonder why he doesn’t eliminate mindless suffering from our planet. Yes, why doesn’t he make this bad world right? Why doesn’t he stop the hurting?

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The Trial of Job

Have you experienced pain and suffering? Then you have shared Job’s anguish and perhaps his wonderment. Like Job, you also may find God much closer than you thought.

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Why Must Christians Suffer?

a gravestone with flowers put in front of itAn unspoken belief among many Christians is that a dedicated follower of Christ will be immune to misfortune.Tragically, the promulgators of the health, wealth and prosperity gospel misunderstand the Christian life. Faith in Jesus does not guarantee a life free of suffering.

"Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you," wrote Peter (1 Peter 4:12).

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What Is Sin?

People sometimes ask us to explain what the Bible means when it speaks of sin. When they ask about the nature of sin and God's purpose with us, they are asking about a truly cosmic subject. In this short paper we'll discuss the biblical teaching of sin as well as what is called the atonement and spiritual regeneration, because all three are part of the story of God's purpose for us.

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Talking With God

We can communicate with God as our Father through the Holy Spirit.

David praying“THIS WEEK,” reported Newsweek magazine, “more [Americans] will pray than will go to work, or exercise, or have sexual relations.” So many Americans say they pray that prayer has become a news item. Newsweek even devoted a cover story to the subject: “Talking to God: An Intimate Look at the Way We Pray.” They figured t

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Soul and Spirit in Scripture

Christians sometimes wonder about the difference between the "soul" and the "spirit." When discussing the "soul," they wonder if it is immortal – or what happens to the "soul" when a person dies.

In order to answer these questions, we must have some basis or frame of reference for our discussion. There are many ideas about what the "soul" or "spirit" might be, but these are often simply based on feelings and speculation. A general and open-ended discussion on these concepts can bog down into a clash of uninformed opinions.

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Matthew 24:20 - Why Pray Not To Flee on the Sabbath?

What did Jesus mean:

"Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath" (Matthew 24:20)?

If Sabbath observance was not a concern for Christians when Matthew wrote his Gospel, why did he mention Jesus’ words about fleeing on the Sabbath? Some people claim that this implies that Christians ought to keep the Sabbath rest. Is this true?

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Maundy Thursday and “Holy Week”

The calendar or weekly bulletin published by your local congregation might have said the following for Thursday, April 5, 2012:  

Maundy Thursday: This evening we will have a Communion service with optional footwashing. Services will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please bring your own towel and water pan. This is our annual commemoration of the Last Supper that Jesus Christ had with his disciples. In this service, we along with Christians everywhere remember the meaning of Jesus’ love and his death for our sins.

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