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"But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.  Luke 21:12


Sermon Excerpt: In God We Trust? Luke 21:5-19, Rev. Tom Hall

Could you to help me out this morning? Take out a coin. Any coin will do. Now what do you see under George Washington's chin, over Abe Lincoln's hair, and in front of Jefferson's nose? No, it's not E pluribus Unum. If you look closely, you'll find the words In God We Trust, etched. Those four words mark all of our money-coin and greenbacks. In God we trust.

So there they are, the words "in God we trust" reminding us that there are some things worth trusting in.  What would happen if some Sunday morning, we would just tape a dollar bill inside the bulletin under the "Preparation for Worship" and ask worshipers to meditate on those four words during the prelude. Or maybe when it came time for the sermon we could all just pullout our greens and just read our money: in God we trust. In a sense that's what the Good News of the Gospel is all about. Our faith in Jesus Christ enables us to proclaim that in God do we truly trust, that those words-as well as the stuff they're printed on are quite welcome here.

Of course, there are a lot of other places where we can place our trust in today. Depending on who we're talking to, we are going to have to change the words slightly to say-in job security we trust, in tenure we trust, in 401 K's we trust, in human goodness we trust, in a strong military we trust, in affirmative action we trust, in relationships we trust, in Amway we trust, in Rush we trust, in our bodies we trust, in Wall Street, and education we trust.

But suicide bombers and bio-terrorism has made most of us down-size our "trust" list considerably. Wall Streetís definitely off the list. Job security is shaky. We canít even trust our delivered mail anymore. Most of us have been around long enough to know that there isn't a government that's republican enough, a friendship that lasts long enough, a Congress that's bi-partisan enough, a job that's secure enough, a relationship that's safe enough, a dollar that's stable enough, a courtroom that's fair enough, a weight-loss program that's effective enough, or an automobile that's satisfying enough for us to place our deepest trust in....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more