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One of the most challenging issues for all of us is money!  This sermon lays the groundwork for the rest of the four-part series by exploring the significance of money individually and societally.  Jesus talked a lot about money, knowing that it was a challenge and an opportunity for us to walk in his way.  When we realize that God has entrusted us with all of our money and possessions, we are freed from our society's money driven valuation of ourselves and others.  You will find resources below to assist you with your financial situation, or to go deeper.
 
 
 

Resources

 
Dave Ramsey. This website is packed with helpful resources to get your financial life back in order.  Grace Episcopal offers Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University on a regular basis.  Email Chris Pahl for more info.
 
Money Harmony.  Pastor John Gibson refers to this book in his sermon.  The website includes a quiz to help you assess your financial relationship with your partner.  You will also find other resources to guide you to better financial health.
 

Background

 
Brueggemann, Walter. "The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity." Christian Century, March 24-31, l999.  Brueggemann looks at how the myth of scarcity enters the biblical narrative through Pharoah's insatiable need for more when the Hebrew people were enslaved in Egypt.
 
Snodgrass, Klyne. "Jesus and Money— No Place to Hide and No Easy Answers."  Word & World, Volume 30, Number 2, Spring 2010.  Snodgrass discusses Jesus' themes about money.  He also lays out references to money in Matthew, Mark and Luke.  A more academic but still accessible article.