Archive for February 10th, 2013

This pastor makes some good observations about the Bible and finances

More than 2,000 Scripture verses deal with money and possessions. The way we manage money is fundamentally a spiritual matter (Luke 16:10-11). On top of this, consider the problems related to poor money management. In a recent survey 46% of Americans reported suffering from debt-related stress. Financial problems can lead to marital breakdowns and contribute to unethical behavior (Prov. 30:8-9).

It never ceases to amaze me that algebra is required in school but personal finance is not. We desperately need to hear what the Bible says about personal finance.

In Ephesians 4:28 Paul boils personal finance down to two points: Earning and spending. He does so not as a financial guru but as a pastor teaching believers how to “walk worthy of the calling with which [they] were called” (v. 1).

He goes on to make some simple and yet sound points regarding how we should earn money and spend it for God’s glory which you can read here.

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Mike Wittmer has written a book called The Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life.

David recommends this book as one of the best to get ready for something we all will face one day.  He even calls this book “entertaining” and “enjoyable”–which is saying something about a book on death. Read this review and grab this book. I have read lots of other comments about this work as well.

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Prayer depends on Christ, not on us

“The saints’ failings and infirmities can never make void those gracious promises by which God stands engaged to hearken to the prayers of his people, Psalm 50:15; Isa 30:19, and Isa 65:24. God’s hearing of our prayers does not depend upon sanctification—but upon Christ’s intercession; not upon what we are in ourselves—but upon what we are in the Lord Jesus; both our persons and our prayers are acceptable in the beloved, Eph 1:6; 1 Pet 2:5. When God hears our prayers, it is neither for our own sakes nor yet for our prayers’ sake—but it is for his own sake, and his Son’s sake, and his glory’s sake, and his promise’s sake, etc.”

~Thomas Brooks

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