Checking the mail a few days ago, I was excited to see my latest ebay purchase had arrived. I made my way to the kitchen and sliced through the envelope to see a $100,000,000,000,000 bill. That’s right, 14 zeros, a one hundred trillion dollar bill!
Although the bill I held was once actual legal currency, the postage stamp on the envelope it came in was worth more than this little piece of paper. The bill was printed by the Republic of Zimbabwe, which has suffered from hyper inflation. At the time it was printed, the one hundred trillion dollar bill was designed to accommodate a typical government worker with one month’s worth of salary. It has since been completely devalued, and Zimbabwe now uses a combination of US dollars and European money.
I bought the bill as a novelty, but also as a reminder. One hundred trillion dollars is sitting on my nightstand to remind me that economics is the ultimate demonstration of faith. A quick viewing of any American currency will tell you the money is backed as a Federal Reserve Note, and it will then declare, “In God We Trust.”
The irony of the two statements lies in the fact that faith in God is so much more secure than the hope we could ever put in our Federal Government. But, every day we demonstrate we are a people of faith as we give and receive little green pieces of paper in exchange for goods and services. Faith is the foundation of the U. S. economy, and what makes our economy so volatile.
It would do us well to remember faith is the foundation of the economy of Heaven, as well. Every transaction we make through prayer is processed through the currency of faith.
I think it’s time for a shopping spree!
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On the Radar
This Saturday is our Garage Sale for our kids grades 2-5 who are going to camp. If you’d like to donate some items, please drop them off this Wednesday evening or contact Pastor Lolo at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a different drop-off time.
Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website. We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth. Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table.
We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “We Cry Out” Jesus Culture version
- “Here Is Love” Jenn Johnson version
- “Your Love Is Like” by Rick Pino
- “The Same Power” by Hillsong
Next Sunday, May 2, we will continue our “Infrastructure” sermon series.