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You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.

Luke 9:41-42 (NIV)

Have you ever noticed the more you seek the Lord in turbulent times, the worse things seem to be before they get better? Perhaps it’s just me, but this has been my experience, and I honestly don’t know if it has anything to do with having more or less faith.

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Although I sometimes feel like I’m trying to grasp the wind with my hands to grab hold of what God is telling me, today wasn’t such a day.

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Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 6:20 (NIV)

But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

Luke 6:24 (NIV)

In the 1967 film, The Producers, Max Bialystock shouts, “That’s it, baby, when you’ve got it, flaunt it! Flaunt it!” We live in a culture that has taken that advice to heart and run with it. Most people who are financially well off have the cars, houses, and lifestyles to prove it. Those blessed with good health and are physically fit are more likely to dress in ways that show off their bodies than those who might be overweight and struggle with keeping fit. Anyone on social media will notice those who have lots of followers over those who do not. Indeed, there are many ways in which someone can be rich or poor and none of them have anything to do with money.

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The Bible has a lot to say about money. From the warning that money is the root of all kinds of evil to admonishing people not to take bribes, the Bible’s got it covered. We know that money can buy lots of things and for those who have it in the greatest abundance, there’s almost nothing that they can’t buy. Forbes magazine reported in January of 2021 that the number of Billionaires in the world reached an unprecedented number of 2,755. That’s 660 more from 2020 with 493 new billionaires! (Forbes) In a time when so many people have lost their lives, family members, jobs, houses, etc. one might wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”

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