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What's After Chapter 11?

You cannot be the slave both of God and money
Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113:1-2,4-8; I Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 16:13

There's an old story about a little Church that was having a homecoming service for members who had moved away. One former member who attended was a man who had become extremely wealthy. He, along with others, was giving testimony on their Faith experience.

The rich man spoke of when, as a little boy in that same Church, he had earned his first dollar – a silver dollar. "I had decided," he said, "to keep it forever. But a visiting preacher came to the Church and spoke about the urgent need for funds in his mission work. Consequently, when the offering basket was passed, a great struggle took place within me. As a result, I put my treasured silver dollar in the basket. And I am convinced that God has blessed me so richly because I gave God everything I possessed when I was a boy."

The congregation was captivated by the wealthy man's moving testimony until a woman in the front pew rose and said, "Brother, I dare you to do it again!"

"Then I saw a new Heaven and a new earth… and the main street of the city was pure gold," wrote the author of the Book of Revelation (Rev. 21:1,21). This passage was undoubtedly the inspiration for the story about a very wealthy man who was terminally ill. From his deathbed, he cried out, "Lord, for years, I have labored to acquire all these riches. Surely you will allow me to take at least some of them with me!" The Good Lord replied, "I will honor your final request, but you will be limited to one suitcase. Remember, only one suitcase!"

A short time later the man arrived at the Pearly Gates. "The Lord gave me permission to bring one suitcase," he explained to St. Peter, the Keeper of the Gates. "All right," Peter replied, "but you'll have to show me what's in it." At which point the man opened the suitcase which he had filled with gold. Peter took one look and said, "You brought pavement?"

The dominant philosophy of our Age is materialism. And it seems almost certain [...]


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