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Luke 16:19-31

We Are All Rich

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Money, musical instrument, electronic gadget, sports equipment.

Jesus teaches us that those who are rich have an obligation to help those who are in need.
When we think about someone being rich we usually think of a person who has a lot of money. But, there are many ways to be rich.

Think about someone you know who is able to play the piano or other musical instrument well. That person is rich in talent.

I know a boy who is a “high-tech” guy. He is able to answer questions and solve computer problems. He is rich in his knowledge of electronic things.

There are people who are especially friendly and loving. They are rich in friendships.

People who excel at sports are rich in their physical strength and endurance.

Each one of you is rich in one way or another. If you are healthy, blessed with good families, have a church to worship in, a school to attend, and the beautiful outdoors to enjoy, you are rich indeed.

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Luke 16:19-31

Caring for Each Other

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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The lesson of this Bible story is that we should care for one another, especially those who are less fortunate and have greater needs. 
Have you ever visited a zoo and seen an elephant? If you have, you know that elephants are very large. An elephant’s tooth can weigh eleven pounds, about the weight of a bowling ball. Wild elephants live in herds. The oldest female elephant in the group becomes the leader of the herd. Elephants look out and care for each other. When a baby elephant is born its mother picks another female elephant to act as an auntie to help look after the baby. The auntie takes care of the baby if the mother is unable to care for the baby herself.

A member of the herd who becomes ill is cared for by the other elephants until it is well. If a lion approaches, that could harm a sick or young elephant, the leader of the herd faces the lion and the other adult elephants gather to the front and follow her. Young and sick elephants stay in the back where they will be protected by the rest of the herd. As you can see, elephants care for one another.

There is a story in the Bible about a rich man who had much, but ignored a poor, sick, hungry man who lay at his gate. He did not offer to care for the sick man or even give him food or a place to rest. God dealt very harshly with the rich man who refused to care for the man who needed help.

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1Timothy 6:6-19

Everything We Need

By Lois Parker Edstrom

The Bible says, “Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed…” (6:10).
Does anyone know what it means to be greedy? When we are feeling greedy we just want more and more and more of something. It could be more toys, more candy, or more money. We think, “If I could just have this or that then I would be happy.”

The problem with being greedy is that things are not very satisfying. A new bike or a new necklace, or a new video game can’t hug us when we feel sad or compliment us when we do something good. We need people who love us to do that.

Imagine a kid who loved cake so much that he would not share his birthday cake and ate it all himself. Afterwards he probably felt sick from eating too much cake and he missed a chance to let other kids be a part of the celebration. His greed kept him from enjoying his friends.

The Bible says, “Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed…” (6:10). Remember that greed is when a person always wants more and more––and is never satisfied with what they have. Greed can take us away from what is really important. When we focus on things, we may forget about loving others and forget about God.

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