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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Nov 17, 2019

Luke 20: 19-26

November is traditionally seen in America as the "month of giving." Many people write down one thing a day that they are grateful for. Others plan a "Friendsgiving" while still others begin to see again those around us who are in the greatest need. There is something about this season that lends itself to gratitude and generosity and as the people of God, this is always a welcome reminder of what He has given. There is a story in the Gospels when some religious people were trying to trap Jesus in his words and allegiances. They asked a simple question, "Should Jews have to pay the poll tax to the Romans as we are now subservient to them even in our home country?" Jesus' response has gone down in history as one of the most famous things he ever said, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God that which belongs to God." Over the next two weeks at Common Ground we are going to look at the idea of money, mammon, taxes, images, and finally, what it means to live into the socio-political world that Jesus invites his followers into. Join us as we grow in our practice of God's plan for our money and our lives.