Finance

Faith For the Work

The religious world as a whole treats church work as a business. Money is solicited; pledges are taken and budgets are made up. Church workers are hired and may be fired. Polls and surveys are taken to discover what the public wants in a church service. Religion is a product to be sold. Success is then measured by how rapidly both building and congregation grow. A megachurch is viewed as the pinnacle of success. It is all a far cry from the simplicity of the New Testament. Jesus Himself modeled a life of simple faith in His Father. He never asked for money and lived a frugal life of dependence upon His God.. No one could accuse Jesus of greed or covetousness. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (II Cor. 8:9 NKJ). Those who believed in Him and His message opened their hearts and homes to Him and met His needs. What a beautiful life of faith it was! His disciples drank deep of His spirit and emulated His life. When the Lord sent His disciples out to preach He commanded them: “Freely you have received,: freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts...for a worker is worthy of his food” (Matt. 10:9-10). He also said, “It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher and a servant like his master” (Matt. 10:25). They too were called on to live a life of simple faith in the living God. Later Jesus asked them, “‘When I sent you without money, money bag, knapsack and sandals, did you lack anything?’ So they said, ‘Nothing.’” (Luke 22:35). Their every need had been met by a loving God. After the Lord ascended the disciples were left with the commission to evangelize the world, an awesome task (Matt. 28;18-20). The Holy Spirit was given to empower them (Acts 1:8).

The Cost of Making Money

"It takes money to make money!" This principle is seen in the business world every day. Every business has costs associated with it. Whether it is for materials or salaries, a business needs money to make money. Many in the world today buy into programs that promise them that they will make money without any need for investment. Most of these programs only make money for those who sell others on the program. Sadly, many Christians get enslaved to the goal of making larg...

Beggars

Which country in the world has the most Christian beggars? Perhaps some would suggest India with its six hundred million people, many living in extreme poverty. Others might suggest underdeveloped nations of African or South America. Few would suggest the United States. Is not this country the most affluent nation in the world? Christian beggars here? And yet through the mails and media, such as radio and television, the public is constantly bombarded by pleas for money. Pledges, faith promis...

Biblical Tithing

What we do with that which God has entrusted to our use is of the utmost importance to God. The concern of the Lord regarding our financial giving is demonstrated by the sheer weight of scriptural references. One out of every six verses in Matthew, Mark, and Luke has to do with money. Of the 38 parables in the New Testament, twelve have to do with the use of money. We must take seriously God’s plan for giving in the Bible, for God is serious about it. However, some have concluded that...

Anything For a Profit

Yesterday I received a newspaper-like flyer from a discount Christian book company. I had known for some time that Christian books and music are a very large commercial business for many. This was made very clear some years ago when a large secular recording company bought out a “Christian” recording firm. Of course they would only do this if it was a profitable business. Unfortunately, many who publish solid material for Christians who really have a desire for the milk of the Word ...

God Pays For What He Orders

"Not that I speak in respect of want ..." Philippians 4:11     It is noteworthy that Paul never made his own financial needs known. His was a life of faith. He believed that God had called him into His service, and was utterly convinced that God pays for what He orders.     Should Christians today publicize their needs or beg for money? Here are a few considerations: There is no Scriptural justification for this practice. The apostles made known the ne...

Giving

Touch a man's wallet and you have touched a nerve. When Jesus challenged the rich young ruler to part with his money it struck a nerve. The young man apparently did not realize the grip his money had upon him until he was confronted with giving it away. (Lk. 18:22-23) So it is with many of us. We do not always realize how much we trust in riches, and how much importance we place on money. Money gives us a sense of security; however, Scripture would teach us that riches have wings, and really pro...
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