Possessions

Do The Right Thing

In one of the Peanuts comic strips, Lucy is positioned behind her now famous “Psychiatric Help, Five cents” stand. Charlie Brown arrives for some advice. Charlie says, “My trouble is I never know if I’m doing the right thing. I need to have someone around who can tell me when I’m doing the right thing.” …

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Crystal Clear

In a “Peanuts” comic strip, Lucy and Charlie Brown are engaged in earnest conversation about the meaning of life. Lucy feels that it’s a matter of one’s perspective. She says, “Life is like a deck chair. Some people place it so they can see where they are going. Some people place it so they can …

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In Search Of Wisdom

You may have seen the poster which contains the following acronym: P.B.P.G.I.N.T.W.M.Y. The letters stand for, “Please be patient. God is not through with me yet.” How true! God doesn’t just put us on earth and forget about us. God doesn’t just give us life as a finished work of His creative art. We are …

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Time For A Make-over?

In a poem by William Butler Yeats, based on an old Irish story, a man is running “full speed ahead”. He’s running so fast that he is little more than a blur. And as he runs, he tosses aside many of the material things that everyone else is eager to possess. He gets rid of …

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Reflected Glory

Most of us are pleased to accept the Biblical assertion that we have been created in the “Image of God.” It goes down easier than many other familiar phrases-like “love your enemies” or “sell everything and give it to the poor.” But this very popular Biblical phrase-“Image of God”-is very much misunderstood. Many people, when …

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Speaking Of Money

We Christians don’t like to hear much talk about money in Church. Somehow we fail to see how our attitude and approach to money ties in with our religion, our spirituality, our relationship with Christ. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” when Jesus says “No man can serve two masters…you cannot give yourself to God …

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Our Days Are Numbered

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket, seventeen times as high as the moon. Where she was going, I couldn’t but ask it, For in her hand she carried a broom. “Old Woman, old woman, old woman,” said I, “Where are you going, up so high?” “To brush the cobwebs off of …

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A Fool For Christ

Jesus comes at the subject of money in two ways. We might call these the “negative” and “positive” ways or, perhaps, “warning” and “opportunity.” On the negative side, Jesus warns us that money and possessions can destroy us. There are at least fifteen passages in the Bible in which Jesus does this. In today’s Gospel …

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The Sticky Problem Of Duty

The American College Dictionary lists nine alternate definitions of the word “duty” covering a wide range of meanings. “Duty,” we learn, is “that which one is bound to do by moral or legal obligation.” “Duty” is also “a levy imposed on the import or export of goods.” And in agricultural language, “duty” is “the amount …

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How Is This Possible?

An overweight businessman decided to shed a few pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to the office in order to avoid passing his favorite bakery. One morning, however, he arrived at the office carrying a large sugar-coated, calorie-loaded coffee cake. For this he was scolded by his colleagues, but …

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