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Where is God During Financial Meltdown?

Think Christianly: Where is God During Financial Meltdown?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Where is God During Financial Meltdown?

After spending two hours the other night with Anderson Cooper of CNN talking about the economy...via my thing became very obvious. Money and the lack thereof are hot topics today (and rightly so). People are hurting, losing jobs, and losing hope. But how should we process this?

Did Jesus know about money? Actually he said quite a lot about money--its use and abuse--and the proper place it ought to occupy in our lives.

In light of that, I want to suggest you listen to a very clear and compelling sermon that Pastor John Ortberg gave that explains what Jesus thought and how we can learn from him about money.

Where is God During Financial Meltdown by John Ortberg (click here to stream and listen - it is about 30 minutes long)

The Apostle Paul also had some helpful things to say as well. Here is one such excerpt:

(NIV) 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 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. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time-- God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

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