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John Alexander-- "Consider this paraphrase: You think it’s good to be rich? Well, you’re wrong. Riches are a mess. It’s you poor who are fortunate. You think it’s good to be well fed now? You’re wrong. You’d be better off hungry. You think you should pursue laughter? That’s a mistake. Those who weep are ahead. You want to be respected and admired by everyone in sight? Well you’ve got it upside down. Respect is a problem. You’re fortunate if people despise you and won’t even let you into their churches and clubs. What Jesus is telling us is that we have it all backwards. The direction we’re headed does not lead home. What we need to do is to turn completely around and go the opposite way."

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