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23rd Sunday after Pentecost

October 28, 2018


Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22)         Job 42:1-6, 10-17    Hebrews 7:23-28    Mark 10:46-52


  Two elderly men had been friends for many decades.  Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures.  Lately, their activities were limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.  One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, “Now don’t get mad at me.  I know we’ve been friends for a long time, but I just can’t think of your name.  I’ve thought and thought but I can’t remember it.  Please tell me what your name is.”  His friend glared at him.  For at least three minutes, he just stared.  Finally, he said, “How soon do you need to know?”

     We all need help remembering things we’ve known at one time or another.  The men need help with their names, and Christians need help with remembering what the Kingdom of God is all about.  That’s what Jesus does.  He helps us see what the Kingdom is all about, and we must let him do his work in us.

     This is our second week in our stewardship emphasis.    Do you realize that Jesus spoke more about money than any other topic?  More often than prayer, more often than witnessing, more often than faith, Jesus spoke clearly and specifically about money. As a matter of fact, the entire Bible is filled with stories and teachings on the topic of money.

      The reason the Bible deals so often and so openly about money has to do with  the fact that money is one of the most powerful weapons Satan, the evil one, uses to separate us from our God. It is our love of money that isolates us away from our love of God.