Feds close bank where Jesus closed deals

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Jesus closes the deal in this picture hung at bank headquarters.
​Riverview Community Bank billed itself as God's favored financial institution.

It attracted national attention for advocating prayer in the workplace. Among the decorations in its Otsego headquarters was this picture of Jesus closing a business deal. You can trust Jesus with your money, right?

One of the bank's founders, Chuck Ripka, once boasted to the Star Tribune that God had actually guaranteed success for investors. "Chuck, if you pastor the bank, I'll take care of the bottom line," he claimed God said.

Now federal regulators have shut it down.

According to the bank's website:

On Friday, October 23, 2009, Riverview Community Bank, Otsego, MN was closed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Subsequently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

The moral of the story: You can't trust Jesus after all.

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