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When is Rich, Rich? 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

When is Rich, Rich?

To know if you're rich, measure yourself against Christ.

At a Glance

A recent survey of people with investable assets exceeding a million dollars reveals that many of these people do not think of themselves as rich. What has to happen before people think they're rich? Our text talks about Jesus being rich, but becoming poor. It also talks about those who no doubt were already relatively poor, digging deep to help others in more dire circumstances. What lesson can we learn from this?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Soulistic Health," June 29, 1997, at

"The vast majority of investors with $1 million in assets don't consider themselves wealthy."

So says a survey of more than 4,000 people, all of whom had more than $250,000 in the bank, and half of whom had more than a million dollars in the bank! They don't think they're rich. Huh?

And, get this: Forty percent of those who had more than FIVE MIL in the bank did not think they were rich. Kidding, right?

No, not kidding. So,...

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