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Introduction:

The three lessons for this Sunday are some of the most troubling for us, if we take them seriously (Amos 6:1-7; 1Tim 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31).  Uncomfortable in that they speak of the danger of riches and wealth.  There is nothing inherently wrong with either.  The Timothy text reminds us that it is the LOVE of money and the PURSUIT of wealth that leads us into the shadows.  Nevertheless, there are consequences, and one of them quite subtle.  Two object lessons led us into this message: a Judges' Choice Ribbon of a photograph that Pr. Alex submitted to the Chelan County Fair last year.  How do these all connect--to us?