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Good comes to those who lend money generously
        and conduct their business fairly.
Generosity will cure two problems that money can create. The rich man may abuse others in his desire to accumulate wealth. Generosity will eliminate that abuse. Also, the fear of losing money can be a snare.
Generosity and respect for God places our trust in him, not our money, for justice and security.
Psalm 39:12  I am a stranger with thee.

Yes, O Lord, with thee, but not to thee. All my natural alienation from thee, thy grace has effectually removed; and now, in fellowship with thyself, I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country. Thou art a stranger in thine own world. Man forgets thee, dishonors thee, sets up new laws and alien customs, and knows thee not. When thy dear Son came unto his own, his own received him not. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Never was foreigner so speckled a bird among the denizens of any land as thy beloved Son among his mother's brethren. It is no marvel, then, if I who live the life of Jesus, should be unknown and a stranger here below. Lord, I would not be a citizen where Jesus was an alien. His pierced hand has loosened the cords which once bound my soul to earth, and now I find myself a stranger in the land. My speech seems to these Babylonians among whom I dwell an outlandish tongue, my manners are singular, and my actions are strange. A Tartar would be more at home in Cheapside than I could ever be in the haunts of sinners. But here is the sweetness of my lot: I am a stranger with thee. Thou art my fellow-sufferer, my fellow-pilgrim. Oh, what joy to wander in such blessed society! My heart burns within me by the way when thou dost speak to me, and though I be a sojourner, I am far more blest than those who sit on thrones, and far more at home than those who dwell in their ceiled houses.

"To me remains nor place, nor time:

My country is in every clime;

I can be calm and free from care

On any shore, since God is there.

While place we seek, or place we shun,

The soul finds happiness in none:

But with a God to guide our way,

'Tis equal joy to go or stay."

James 4:14  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Job 9:25,26  "Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good. • "They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.

Psalm 90:5,6  You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. • In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades and withers away.

Job 14:2  "Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

1 John 2:17  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Psalm 102:26,27  "Even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. • "But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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