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True Riches

Pentecost 22B James 5:1-6

The passage before us is not an easy one to hear. It pulls no punches and offers little, if any, gospel. It is a stern warning against the ungodly rich and to Christians who find themselves acting in a similar way.

The rich young man turned away from following Jesus because he could not sell what he had and give to the poor. He loved his worldly wealth more than Jesus. So too, we often envy those with worldly wealth. But Jesus and James warns us that loving the things of this world can be a fatal mistake. Instead Jesus is the answer. In him are true riches to be found.

 

Sermon Date:  October 21, 2018