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Highway or Stairway?
In the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, Jesus gives us a vision of the comforts and reward of Heaven and of the stark realities of Hell. It is a reminder that not everyone gets to pass through the gates of Heaven; for some people there might just be a different kind of reward waiting for them.
How to make friends
Nothing much has changed since Amos arrived in the prosperous kingdom of Israel. Behind the glitter of political and religious life, he saw a world of injustice and exploitation of the poor an abuse of the use of money and property resulting in serious imbalances in society. – notice any similarities with the world of today?
The Prodigal Father or the Prodigal Son?
This Sunday’s parable of the Prodigal Son is probably the best known and best loved of all of Jesus’ parables. But perhaps the story might be better titled the Prodigal Father. Because what is so powerful and moving is the forgiving nature of the Father. And, remember, the Father in this great parable most definitely represents God or Jesus.
The price of admission
A lot of people these days seem to subscribe to a doctrine that could be called ‘user-friendly Christianity’. This is the belief that salvation is a simple matter of professing faith in Jesus and relying on God’s mercy. Since Christ is our saviour, we really don’t have to do anything for ourselves. We don’t have to actively practice our faith, or worry about pleasing God and doing good works. We can basically ignore God for a whole lifetime as long as we call on Jesus in the end.