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Mary Loudermilk

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“The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22, English Standard Version) Have you ever wondered about the richest person who ever lived? I assumed it would be some present-day entrepreneur such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon) or Bill Gates (Microsoft), but I was wrong. The richest person ever—with a fortune of $400 billion—was Mansa Musa, emperor of the Mali empire, who lived 1280-1337. No one in our time has come close to controlling a fortune that size. My mind will not wrap around that much money. And if I had it, I wouldn’t know…

“Bring your father, mother, brothers, and all your father’s family into your house. If anyone goes out the doors of your house, his death will be his own fault, and we will be innocent. But if anyone with you in the house should be harmed, his death will be our fault.” (Joshua 2:18-19, Christian Standard Bible) “So the young men who had scouted went in and brought out Rahab and her father, mother, brothers, and all who belonged to her.” (Joshua 6:23, CSB) At last! After forty years of wilderness living, God said it was time for the children of Israel to move…

Listen, Israel: Today you are about to cross the Jordan so you can dispossess the nations there, people greater and stronger than you who live in large cities with extremely high fortifications. They include the Anakites, a numerous and tall people whom you know about and of whom it is said, “Who is able to resist the Anakites?” Understand today that the LORD your God who goes before you is a devouring fire; he will defeat and subdue them before you. You will dispossess and destroy them quickly just as he has told you. (Deuteronomy 9:1-3, NET) Are you like…