Money Isn’t Evil, Loving it Is

 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:10 NIV

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Today’s verse is a powerful reminder that loving money will lead us to “many griefs” at minimum, and wandering from the faith at worst.

Paul was writing to Timothy about people who thought that godliness was a means of financial gain. The kind of people who take advantage of their influence in people’s lives to make money.

So, one of the warning signs for us is when we value money more than people. When it becomes okay for us to use them for our own gain. Or when we see them as wallets before souls.

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CPR

 

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. (Ezekiel 37:9-10 ESV)

Growing up as a kid I used to love watching Rescue 911. I was amazed at the heralding stories of people on the brink of death saved by some unknown hero. The favorite episodes involved CPR. I was captivated by the idea that you could bring someone back to life by simply breathing in their mouth.

Likewise,

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You Are Extraordinary

 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)

Do you feel ordinary? As you go about your day, running to the grocery store, driving kids to soccer practice, piling laundry and all those other fun things, does all that activity seem important? Or do you feel lost in the shuffle?

I was driving to church one morning after a big snow and looked across a field. The sun was hitting the snow making it glisten like diamonds. The trees had just enough snow on them to be breathtaking. And the sky was clearing to show a beautiful, blue color. How could I compare to that?

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