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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



15The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Scripture does not deny that there is some value in worldly wealth—it only notes that this value is temporary and unreliable. Nor does it ignore the struggles of those who are in need—though it does not assign value to someone based on their bank account (Matthew 6:19–24). Here, as with many proverbs, Solomon's comment is simply an acknowledgement of reality. It's sometimes said that in order to make money, one needs to spend money. This is why the "cycle of poverty" is hard to break: being poor, in and of itself, creates challenges that can be hard to overcome.Money is not fate, of course, but it's an unfortunate truth that being poor makes everything else in life more difficult.But in todays society of all the equal rights and things available to anyone who will get out and work for the things he or she desires, staying in poverty is in most situations is a choice of lack of want to have better for yourself.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and desire to do the best you can and not accept having to live in poverty!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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