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July 30, 2015

Treasure after

Understanding and correctly handling finances should be a high priority for all persons. Much of our tension, family friction, strife and frustrations are caused, directly or indirectly, by money. High on the list for causes of divorce is financial disagreement. The Christian family is not immune. If a family cannot or does not pay its bills, or is beset by other problems related to money, it is a poor testimony. Too few churches offer training for their people in the area of financial accountability.

Chief Causes of Financial Problems:

  1. Wrong attitudes toward money. Greed and covetousness quickly lead to all kinds of evil (see 1 Timothy 6:10, NIV). The “get rich quick” syndrome of speculative investment often leads to disaster.

  2. Living beyond one’s income. Failure to “count the cost” will result in chronic overspending. (See Luke 14:28-30). Some seem to have a great susceptibility to advertising, succumbing to attractive products and seemingly advantageous credit offers.

  3. Credit buying. The best possible advice for those in financial troubles is to stay away from stores and showrooms and to destroy all their credit cards.

  4. Self-indulgent living. Purchase of unnecessary things, consumption of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and junk or gourmet foods are selfindulgent habits. By way of example, in a home where both husband and wife smoke heavily, upwards of $1,500 per year can be spent on cigarettes.

  5. The fallacy that accumulating material things leads to contentment and happiness. “Then he (Jesus) said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions'” (Luke 12:15, NIV).

  6. Lack of a budget: projecting and monitoring expenses. Our income will go just as so far.

Biblical Principles for Handling Money:

  1. It is basically a spiritual matter, thus an understanding of the Lordship of Jesus Christ is essential. Handling finances brings into perspective the totality of life as it relates to God’s will and the issues of eternity.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (1 Corinthians 10:26, NIV).

“You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV).

“Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. . . Do not conform any longer to the pattern of his world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then ;you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1,2, NIV).

  1. An understanding of the principle that we are stewards (managers) of all that God has put under our care is also essential. We are not owners! Our lives, our time, and our assets are gifts from God.  We are responsible to God for them, and He willhold us accountable (See Matthew 25:14-30.)

  2. God wants us to depend upon Him, not on material possessions. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant, not to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17, NIV). (See also Proverbs 3:5,6; Philippians 4:19; and Psalm 37:25.)

  3. It is God’s plan that stewards give a portion of their income to Him and to His work. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10, KJV). (See also Luke 12:34; and Proverbs 3:9.)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”                                                                                                                            Matthew 6:33, KJV

“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.  Offer unto God thanksgiving: and pay thy vows unto the most High: and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”                                                                                                 Psalm 50:10, 14,15, KJV

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

                                                                                                                         Philippians 4:19, KJV

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”                                                                                                                    1 John 5:14,15 KJV

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even his whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

                                                                                                                           Malachi 3:8-10, KJV

Pray for Kim and her ongoing battle with cancer

Susan H. and vertigo

Wilma who had a “light” stroke today and fell

Olivia is doing great and thanks everyone who has prayed for her

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