by Rick White

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Not So Famous (10 of 14)
Series: Real World Faith for Real World People
Rick White
James 5:1-6

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.
Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.
Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!
Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Introduction: This past Wednesday morning I returned from Virginia where I had been speaking in a Church Growth Conference. When I returned to our campus I noticed a helicopter kept buzzing around our property. I went inside and did not give it anymore thought.

Later in the morning Ed Smith came by and informed me that the helicopter had landed in our front yard and that several people had stopped by to look and inquire what it was doing out front. Ed replied very matter of factly that the church had purchased the helicopter in order to help me get from place to place, cutting down on travel time.

I am hopeful that he also told everyone that he was simply joking! We have not purchased a helicopter for me or anyone else.

In 1923, nine of the world's most successful business men met at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. According to one source, collectively these tycoons controlled more wealth than there was in the United States Treasury, and for years newspapers and magazines had been printing their success stories and urging the youth of the nation to follow their ex ...

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