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For The Peasants? No!

Avoid greed in all its forms. A man may be wealthy, but his possessions do not guarantee him life
Luke 12:13-21

Sermon Topic Money

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:15

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Henry Thoreau once said, "Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."

There was an economics professor who began each new course with the sentence, The unique thing about money is its absolute worthlessness."

During the "Great Depression," many persons gave personal testimonies which said that they had not begun to discover what life was all about until they had lost their fortunes and had to "begin all over again."

Jesus says, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."

Why is it then that our present Age is so deeply immersed in Materialism? Why is our Society seemingly more interested in the things only money can buy than in the values and experiences money cannot buy? Why is our Christian Religion being so thoroughly debased by men who proudly proclaim how much money they have been making since they took Christ in as a business partner. "Look at me," they say. "I once was a poor and sinful man. Then I let Christ come into my life and not only did He forgive me my sins, He showed me how to make money. What utter blasphemy! When a man takes Christ in as a member of the firm, Christ is not being glorified, He is being exploited.

The American Indian had a very interesting philosophy about ownership. He understood that the land did not belong to him, but came to him as a pure gift. He was to manage that gift as a good steward, but he could not do anything he pleased with it.

You cannot bargain with God if you are a steward. What God gives, the steward receives gratefully and responsibly. He does not try to manipulate God, as it were, so that he will be given more.

Most people spend much energy scrambling to get what they want, and little prior effort trying to discover why they want it. They never raise the question of whether or not they are consciously pursuing their true wants. [...]

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