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How to Survive Layoffs

By Ed Gungor

In his weekly radio and Internet address, President Obama claimed that more people have filed for unemployment in recent weeks than at any time in the last 26 years. There are many experts believe that our unemployment rate could reach double digits.

Bad news.

The good news is that God promises to help us in our financial lives—even when we don’t know where our provision is going to come from. Jesus told the masses in his day (many of whom were unemployed), "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes" (Mat 6:34 MSG).

Comforting words... but how does it work when we are out of a job? And what are we to do with the time and the bills we find ourselves with while we sit jobless? I’ve got a few suggestions.

New York Times bestselling author Ed Gungor has been in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years. Used with permission by Ed Gungor, 2009.

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