July 31, 2016
Luke 12:13-21
Colossians 3:1-11
Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9, 43

The Rich Fool
Proper 13 | OT 18 | Pentecost 11

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John Fitzgerald
"The Rich Fool" by John Fitzgerald

The Rich Fool
by John Fitzgerald
Luke 12:13-21

There are several problems revolving around money that Americans currently are experiencing. Some of these issues include huge debt loads which families are carrying, and stagnant wages of middle class households. These and other challenges are significant. However, to give a little perspective consider these statistics:

• If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change-you are among the top 8% wealthiest people in the world.

• If you have never encountered the danger of battle, loneliness of imprisonment, agony of torture, or pangs of starvation -- you are ahead of 20 million human beings.

• If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death -- you are more blessed than 3 billion of God’s children.

• If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and place to sleep -- you are richer than 75% of the world’s population.

• If your parents are married and still alive -- you are very rare, especially if you live in the United States.

• If you hold up your head with a smile on your face, and are truly thankful, you are blessed, because the majority can, but most do not.

I believe these facts help us take a realistic look at our financial situation in the United States. When compared with our brothers and sisters across the globe our need for money is very minor. It is only because we live in a culture which encourages possessing more and more material goods that we feel an urgency in dealing with personal finances.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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