Climb the Fence!

There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day

Luke 16:19
Amos 6:1,4-7; Psalm 146:7-10; I Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

In Southern Florida, a signboard in front of a country Church announces the title of the next Sunday’s sermon. Once, in the middle of a particularly intense heat-wave, the pastor posted a title which left no doubt about the upcoming sermon topic:


“Life with Father,” has been called one of the most enchanting comedies ever produced on the Broadway stage. In the play, there is a heartwarming scene in which “Father” and his wife “Vinnie” are having a playful conversation about getting into Heaven. “Getting me into Heaven is your job,” says Father. “Everybody loves you so much; I’m sure God must, too.” To which Vinnie replies, “I’ll do my best. It wouldn’t be Heaven without you.” Father then promises, “If you’re in Heaven, Vinnie, I’ll manage to get in some way – even if I have to climb the fence.”

Unlike those two stories about Heaven and Hell, there is nothing funny about Jesus’ story of “afterlife”…

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