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Proper 18

Preaching
Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series IV
It is obvious that this pericope was chosen because of its
close relation in content with Lesson 2 which cries out against
the unjust treatment of the poor. The most precious value of life
is a good name which should be desired more than wealth. Yet, the
rich are not to be condemned, for they, too, have been created by
God. The person who shares what he has with those who have little
is promised God's blessing.

Lesson 2: James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
The passage condemns the showing of partiality to the rich and
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