"I want to begin here this morning by pointing out that the mention of Lazarus by name is how we know this is a real story as opposed to a parable. Jesus never used real names in parables; his point here is obvious… He has tried every way possible to get the attention of the Pharisees. He has been direct. He has used parables to illustrate the truth of His statements. The sneer, however, has not left their faces and Jesus now turns to a real-life example of the exactly what it will cost the Pharisees if they do not repent."
Sunday Morning Third Service
August 11, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
Sunday Morning First Service • September 15, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The principle meaning of this parable (and what follows) is only understood when connected with what we just read (in the previous chapter) regarding when the kingdom of God was coming. This is not a teaching out of chronological order; it is intended (we know from verses 7-8) that it must be understood in the context of the 2nd coming of Jesus—the Day of the Lord."
Sunday Morning Second Service • September 1, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"It has always been true that people misunderstand God’s kingdom on earth. People—then and now—view it as though something is going to happen to them. Jesus explains that it is something that happens in them. As we prepare our hearts for this Bible study, let’s ask the Lord to help us understand how the Kingdom of God can occur right here, right now."
Sunday Morning First Service • August 25, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Please understand that being brand-new is the whole point of this story! You were once lost in sin; you no longer are. You were once headed for an eternity of torment and torture; you no longer need be! That’s why being brand-new (as opposed to being an improved version of the old-you) is the only way to start all over."