I received some fruit in the mail recently that made my day. It made me pause and, with deep appreciation, give thanks. No, this wasn’t one of those delicious-looking boxes from Harry and David. It was a check made payable to Grace Communion International (GCI) for $51,000.
References to: Mathew Morgan
Sam wakes slowly as the sun breaks through the window. It is a Saturday morning in January. Sam smiles, remembering that he doesn’t have to bundle up against the cold and go to the office today. He smells the beckoning aroma of coffee from the gourmet grind-and-brew system (a Christmas gift to themselves). He slides carefully out of bed to avoid waking Susi, his wife, and heads towards the smell, already tasting the coffee in his mind.
One of the most disruptive and fearful situations that we will face in our lives is the sudden loss of a job. Perhaps you think you are immune to that because of long tenure or experience. Don’t get too comfortable, especially in this difficult economic environment.
The wise thing to do is prepare now! Following are a few steps you can take even while employed to prepare for the future.
Economy in Shambles," "Unemployment Rate Skyrockets," "Chrysler and GM Bankrupt," "Retirement Savings Evaporate," "Housing Prices Plummet." Nearly 60 banks have failed this year, following the closure of 25 banks in 2008. The Department of Labor reports that unemployment in the U.S. is 9.5 percent, and it is expected to get worse before it gets better.
In the last chapter of Romans, Paul greets a large number of people and gives a few closing exhortations. These greetings reveal a lot about the early church.
In verse 1, Paul writes, “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchrea.” Although some older translations say that Phoebe is a “servant,” this is unlikely because all believers are servants, and v. 2 indicates that she was a person of some importance. The phrase “of the church” also suggests an official role.
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