September 25, 2016
Luke 16:19-31
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

Love of Money
Proper 21 | OT 26 | Pentecost 19

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John Fitzgerald
"Love of Money" by John Fitzgerald

Love of Money
by John Fitzgerald
1 Timothy 6:6-19

Have you ever noticed that when you get a raise in salary or come into unexpected money that it’s never enough? Even when you are making a pretty decent income and have other sources of revenue, there never comes a time of financial security. When your money pile seems strong something always rocks the boat. A child gets sick, the vehicle breaks down, your job has a downturn, and suddenly money disappears.

What does scripture have to say about this ongoing challenge with finances? Part of the problem is a culture we live in. It takes a lot of money in maintaining health care insurance, a nice place to live, food on the table, clothes for all seasons, and phones, computers, televisions, plus vehicles. In some ways, instead of complaining about our money going out for so many things, we should be grateful to God for our high standard of living. There are high percentages of people living in this world who do not have highways to travel upon, uncontaminated water, and can access quality medical care. Only in America are there blessings of a wonderful lifestyle. What has kept this a great country is the imagination of individual citizens to create something new. Somewhere today one of our countrymen is working on the next innovation which will lift up the existence of folks everywhere.

There is nothing wrong with working hard and having enough money to support a family. The problem arises when there is love of money. It this continued pursuit of having more and more. All of us in the United States are guilty of never having enough. We continually dream about new goods and services to be purchased. This fascination for having it all has done destructive things to our country. We have a terrible problem with gambling and playing the lotto. Visions of obtaining unbelievable wealth without working for it occupies our minds and hearts. My wife and I recently drove through a lot of territory on a Sunday morning for my preaching engagement. It is a terrible commentary when you drive through the countryside and churches have empty parking lots while a casino commands attention from all comers.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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