Friday, 20 November 2015

Money - Part 6

I love quotes, one liners, call them what you like. The quotes here have been collected by pastor Croft M. Pentz, from a book he compiled called: “The complete book of Zingers”. Printed by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton Illinois. He spend years collecting quotes and if you ever get a chance to buy one of his books then do so. They are brilliant quotes on money, the book has quotes on a variety of subjects and the quotes that follow are only some of the quotes on money.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Money - Part 5

Proverbs on money

The book of Proverbs has three main authors and has quite a lot to say concerning finances and managing them. This is one of my favourite books of the Bible. This is the second last part of the series, we are close to the end now. 

Commentary will be limited in this post due to the amount of scriptures quoted. 

Proverbs 1:2-3
2 Written down so we'll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it's going; 3 A manual for living, for learning what's right and just and fair;” MSG

This is the purpose of the book of Proverbs, wisdom – we need it or we will suffer!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Money - Part 4

Paul and finances

He ministered all over the known world and he never mentioned that he did not have enough money, not did he take offerings where he went.

Romans 13:7-8
7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” ESV

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” MKJV

Monday, 9 November 2015

Money - Part 3

Jesus on money

Jesus was always outspoken when it came to money. Nobody could challenge Him or surprise Him. Jesus said where your treasure is there your heart will be also. God wants to be your treasure!

Matthew 6:19-21
"19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ESV

This speaks directly to so many people today. Do you know someone who lives to accumulate stuff or money? Jesus tells us that this is not what life is about!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Money - Part 2

Widows in the Bible

In Israel there was no welfare grant or help from the government for widows. You were financially destitute and reliant on the goodness of others. Here are some verses to show us how widows were cared for:

Deuteronomy 24:19 "When you gather your crops and fail to bring in some of the grain that you have cut, do not go back for it; it is to be left for the foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do." GNB

Deuteronomy 24:20 "When you have picked your olives once, do not go back and get those that are left; they are for the foreigners, orphans, and widows." GNB

Deuteronomy 24:21 "When you have gathered your grapes once, do not go back over the vines a second time; the grapes that are left are for the foreigners, orphans, and widows." GNB

Deuteronomy 26:12 "Every third year give the tithe---a tenth of your crops---to the Levites, the foreigners, the orphans, and the widows, so that in every community they will have all they need to eat." GNB

So, if you were a widow you were alone. And if people did not leave you some food in their fields and orchards you would starve.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Money - Part 1

Money is a very serious subject. Some beg for it, others pursue obtaining more with almost every breath they breathe. We currently live in desperate times for many. In this short series we are going to have a look at what the Bible has to say about money.

Money features as a prominent theme in the Bible. Many "religious" people do not discuss money, but what if the way you looked at and spent your money reflected your relationship with God? What if you could bring honour or dishonour to God based on the way that you managed your finances? Would you then be interested to see what the Bible says about money?

Before there were coins, paper money or credit cards; people used silver or gold as currency. The period of mere barter had passed before Abraham walked the earth (Genesis 23:15-16). Although they did not have coins, the precious metals were cast in bars or rings to facilitate easy movement.