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Luxury and Poverty Key Verse: Luke 16:25 I. Riches and poverty contrasted A. Riches 1. Riches are a curse only if they hinder a person from entering God’s kingdom (Matt. 19:23, 24; Luke 18:23) or draw him away from God. 2. There were rich people who followed Jesus. a) Joseph of Arimathea (Matt. 27:57). b) Zacchaeus (Luke 19:2). c) The socially distinguished women ministered to Jesus out of their own resources (Luke 8:3). 3. Riches can be a blessing if they are used properly and unselfishly. B. Poverty 1. The word used for “beggar” in Greek is ptōchós (Luke 16:20), from the verb ptṓssō, “to crouch.” 2. Poor men can only survive by others helping them; hence, they are beggars. II. How the rich man lived A. He had more than he needed to live on. 1. He dressed himself in purple. a) …

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | PENTECOST SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST YEAR A Old Testament Jeremiah 28:5–9 Old Testament Exodus 32:15–29 (Supplemental) Psalm Psalm 89 New Testament Romans 6:1b–11 New Testament 1 John 2:15–17 (Supplemental) Gospel Matthew 10:34–42 Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | TRINITY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY Old Testament 1 Kings 19:11–21 Psalm Psalm 16 Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:18–25 or 1 Peter 3:8–15 Gospel Luke 5:1–11 Lutheran Service Book Historic (One Year) Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | PENTECOST PROPER 12 YEAR A Old Testament Deuteronomy 7:6–9 Psalm Psalm 125 Epistle Romans 8:28–39 Gospel Matthew 13:44–52 Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 12 YEAR A Psalm Psalm 119:121–136 or Psalm 119:129–136 First Reading 1 Kings 3:5–12 Second Reading Romans 8:26–34 Gospel Matthew 13:31–33, 44–49a The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 12 YEAR A Old Testament Genesis 29:15–28 Psalm Psalm 105:1–11, 45b (UMH 828) New Testament Romans 8:26–39 Gospel Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52 Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | PENTECOST SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4–10 Psalm Psalm 67 New Testament 1 Peter 3:8–15 Gospel Luke 5:1–11 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 12 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Genesis 29:15–28 Psalm Psalm 105:1–11, 45b or Psalm 128 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament 1 Kings 3:5–12 Psalm Psalm 119:129–136 New Testament Romans 8:26–39 Gospel Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A First Reading 1 Kings 3:5, 7–12 Second Reading Romans 8:28–30 Gospel Matthew 13:44–52 or Matthew 13:44–46 Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).