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More, More, More (18 October)

Morning Encounter:


You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

(Matthew 6.24)


In our western society, money and the love of it is everywhere. We talk of ‘retail therapy’ to relieve a bad day or cheer us up. Branded goods make us feel better about ourselves. Advertisers continually manipulate our dissatisfaction in order to get us to buy more stuff. Jesus was right, having two masters doesn’t work – desire for more money, more wealth, more stuff can so easily outweigh our desire for God.


How much do money, possessions, and wealth occupy your time, energy and thoughts? Consider fasting from advertising for a week – refuse to look at adverts on TV, in magazines or online.


Midday Meditation:

‘Because we lack a divine Centre our need for security has led us into an insane attachment to things. We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality.’

(Richard J. Foster Celebration of Discipline)

Evening Reflection:

Find rest, my soul, in God alone, amid the world's temptations;

 When evil seeks to take a hold, I'll cling to my salvation.   

Though riches come and riches go, don't set your heart upon them;  

The fields of hope in which I sow, are harvested in heaven.

O praise Him, hallelujah, my Delight and my reward;

Everlasting, never failing, my Redeemer, my God  

 (Stuart Townend My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone)

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