Revelations 3:17 - "You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked."
It's quite an entry in the Bible and this discussion of money and how it relates to faith continues during service at First Baptist Church in Vicksburg.
On a "good Sunday" more than 350 people pack the pews at 'First Baptist'. And being a large church, it has donations to match with...
"A budget of $1.2 million. We'll receive another $800,000 in special gifts - much of that toward missions," Senior Pastor Matt Buckles said.
Pastor Buckles has been at the church for 9 and a half years (or, as he puts it, ten football seasons).
He's also this year's President of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
"We need to work our wealth in a sense of giving, sharing. We live in a world that wastes its wealth," Pastor Buckles said.
The Rev. Stan Buckley gives delivered the guest sermon on a Sunday with the topic being "Work our Wealth".
The community here has already invested in recovery programs, programs to end hunger, plus a monthly medical and dental clinic serving 100 patients for free on average.
But also important is the commitment coming from church-goers - many offering volunteering as a form of service.
"We have borrowed a phrase from someone - 'If you have a pulse you have a purpose'," Pastor Buckles said.
"And we believe that each person has a purpose and you find that purpose as a follower of christ and commit yourself to kingdom work. And this grace also guarantees a home in heaven one day," Pastor Buckles said.
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