August 1, 2004

Luke 12:13-21

[13] Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance."

[14] He replied, "Mister, what makes you think it's any of my business to be a judge or mediator for you?"

[15] Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot."

[16] Then he told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. [17] He talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't big enough for this harvest.' [18] Then he said, 'Here's what I'll do: I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll gather in all my grain and goods, [19] and I'll say to myself, Self, you've done well! You've got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!'

[20] "Just then God showed up and said, 'Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods--who gets it?'

[21] "That's what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God."

[The Message]

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1. GREED. Run, don't walk to Sweet Honey in the Rock website about Greed. It has links to greed related sites, lyrics for this wonderful sermonette in music, and a sample of the song.

2. I've thought if I could add anything here.

3. I can't. Go to the site above.

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