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Looking up

It’s been a terrible year so it’s not surprising that people are turning to God for salvation.

An article last week in The Daily Telegraph revealed that Brits are flocking to church in huge numbers, with one service attracting twice as many punters as the year before.

As the Reverend Canon Paul Bayes was quoted as saying, “people are inclined to look to the church when their life gets a bit of a shock”.

And it’s not just emotional support on offer – Jesus took a dim view of money lenders, famously bursting into the Temple in Jerusalem and overthrowing their tables. No doubt the Financial Services Authority will take a similar attitude in 2009.

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