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  • Eugene Adkins 6:14 am on 2016-11-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Being smart with our money 

    So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” (Luke 16:8 – NKJV)

    Smart money is money that has been used wisely. And while it may shock some, Jesus was big on the idea of God’s people being smart with their money.

    True enough that Jesus’ financial advice included making the right investments in Heaven as opposed to solely here on Earth (Matthew 6:19-21), but Jesus also emphasized the importance of being wise with the money that we use during our stay on Earth. He even did so to the extent that he told a story that ended up praising a steward’s wise use of his master’s finances. Not once did Jesus praise the steward’s moral character…but he did praise the steward’s smart use of money to get ahead with others. And I can’t help but get the impression that Jesus would love for us to combine good moral character with the good use of our money (and by that I mean the money God has given to us as stewards while we live upon this Earth).

    Jesus taught that we need to control our money as much as we need to avoid allowing our money to control us. To do that with have to be sensible with our cents.

    We need to avoid foolish spending trends like the “tiny home” hot real estate move that often costs anywhere from 25% to 200% more per square foot to own. We don’t need to buy something only because it’s on sale…it doesn’t matter how much we “save” if we spent something on something when we needed nothing to begin with. We do not need to get attached to name-brands that enjoy living off of reputation and not quality. These examples are only a few of the impulsive spending habits that can afflict us. And impulsive spending leads to predictable financial problems.

    Jesus had a lot to say about money; and Jesus had a lot to say because finances can not only ruin our eternal life, it can ruin our temporary one too!

    Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:11-12)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:07 am on 2016-08-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Being smart with money 

    The other day, a guy I know wrote a quick post concerning individuals in the field of ministry and their finances. The news wasn’t good!

    The post made me think about frugality and how it is sorely lacking in our culture. It has been reported by multiple sources, including this one, that American households are a little more than neck-deep in debt. The simple fact is, unless you’re making more than you’re spending (and you’re not the American government – so much for that of the people, for the people and by the people thing) you’re heading in the wrong direction! For all the money that Americans spend on education you would think this simple part of Economics 101 would get aced on the test.

    The borrower is a slave to the lender! You don’t have to subscribe to every thought that comes out of Dave Ramsey’s mouth to know that it’s true.

    The Bible has a lot to say about money. And a lot of it includes warnings for a good reason – because your mastercard is knocking. Oh the irony of a name like that!

    Being smart with money includes being frugal in how we spend it. Being frugal doesn’t mean you’re stingy, cheap or a lover of money. Being frugal simply means being economically smart. Return on investment matters in much more than the account that Wall Street knows about. There’s nothing mean about pinching a penny…unless Penny happens to be someone’s name of course.

    We trick ourselves into thinking that we’re better with money than we really are (I whole-heartedly agree with the principles mentioned in parts 1, 3, and 5 of the linked article). The bottom line doesn’t lie. Read the article and see if doesn’t hit home. If it doesn’t hit you, I guarantee it’s hitting someone you know and care about. We need to quit tricking ourselves.

    Budgets are as simple as the elementary math that the majority of us should know how to use. We just have to stop acting like kids that can’t resist buying a new toy every time we go to the store. Being frugal means sticking to a budget so that more of our money sticks around. That’s why frugality works as a great extinguisher for that green-colored paper that won’t quit burning a hole in our pocket.

    When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.” (Proverbs 23:1-3)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:15 am on 2016-08-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Ministers and finances: Content with little? 

    An evangelical group’s survey found “bleak state” in these results of ministers’ finances:

    The survey reveals that 30 percent of pastors have student loan debt averaging $36,000; 33 percent have less than $10,000 in retirement funds; and 29 percent have no retirement savings.

    The survey also revealed that a minority received financial orientation in their ministerial studies.

    Makes one wonder how evangelists, preachers, missionaries, and elders supported by our people are doing financially.

    One suspects that many are, like the apostle to the Gentiles, learning the secret of contentment with little, Php 4.12.

    #ministry #finances #money

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 5:49 am on 2016-01-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Gambling a lose-lose situation 

    Yesterday, some sap in the greater Los Angeles area won Powerball’s 1.5 billion dollar prize. He’ll now become the gambling industry’s poster boy for the poor man’s tax, impoverishing more still those who can least afford to let go of their money. The money he pockets came directly from millions of others who cherished his hopes. Does he consider that his winning meant their loss? Probably not. Gambling is truly a lose-lose situation. Even the winner is a loser. But isn’t that the way the world works?

    A billionaire gave some advice to the winner of the lottery. Say no to friends and family. Apparently, he’s telling the newest member of his exclusive club to refuse all requests to share the wealth.

    Suddenly, the winner will have the most loving extended family and will gain many new friends. “Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend” Prov 19.4 HCSB. Money moves the world. (More …)

     
    • Eugene Adkins 7:03 pm on 2016-01-14 Permalink | Reply

      On the lottery…the news was reporting that the lottery was raking in 1 million dollars a minute. I guess we know why they could spare a mere 1 1/2 billion. Neal Pollard wrote a good article on the lottery today (https://preacherpollard.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/check-those-lottery-numbers-closely/).

      On the clothes question/point…I think the commentator made a great point. Identity is key to the context. I also like to think about it in the way that Jesus’ story did when the clothing was referred to in Luke 15:22. In that context, the Father’s robe covered up the evidence of the son’s past life in the far country and it displayed to all who saw it just what family the son belonged to. I think the identity point (and don’t uniforms prove that clothing says something about who we are) hits closest to home, but I still like the forgiveness aspect that can be seen from the lesson in Luke 15.

      • J. Randal Matheny 3:32 am on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply

        Good point on the clothes. I also thought about the woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. His clothes were, shall we say, but an extension of himself.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:36 am on 2015-05-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Financial Tip Friday – But it was on sale! 

    Closets, kitchen drawers, tool sheds and toy-boxes are full of things that never get worn, used, dirty or played with simply because they were purchased while “on sale”.

    To some people, the word S-A-L-E is something they can’t resist. To the business, the word S-A-L-E is a lure based off the M.S.R.P which, let’s face it, can be absolutely ridiculous depending upon the logo that the item bares.

    But it’s a limited time! If we buy now it comes with a free gift! I know I already 5 of them, but this price is too good! I’ll use it someday…maybe. Tell that to all the “cheap” stuff you already have.

    The fact of the matter is, just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good deal; and if we don’t need it then we paid too much for it whether it was on sale or not.

    Don’t get sold on sales. Be sensible. Stop being impulsive. Save your money.

    There is a store of great value in the house of the wise, but it is wasted by the foolish man.” (Proverbs 21:20 – BBE)

     

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:12 am on 2015-05-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Financial Tip Friday – Save a penny, earn a penny 

    No offense to my brothers or sisters who live North of the border, but few things are as annoying to me as getting a Canadian penny back as change. For all intents and purposes, you lose a penny every time you get a Canadian penny because a Canadian penny isn’t worth one American penny here in Middle Tennessee no matter what the exchange rate is. So what’s a person to do? I think I have the answer.

    Have you ever been to a tourist attraction and seen those machines that flatten out a penny while pressing an image into it? All you need is two quarters and a penny and you get a neat and cheap souvenir; try getting something that cheap from the gift-shop – it’s not happening!

    By now you probably get where I’m going with this tip. Instead of throwing away the Canadian penny (or worse yet, passing it along as change for someone else to get), save it to use in those souvenir machines. That way you don’t lose a penny, and by not losing a penny you save one, and by saving one you earn one.

    There is a store of great value in the house of the wise, but it is wasted by the foolish man.” (Proverbs 21:20 – BBE)

     

     

     
    • Eugene Adkins 7:17 am on 2015-05-09 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Steve.

      I got to thinking about what you said and it seems like I remember hearing about that on the news because I remember thinking that there was no way anybody was going to round-down to the nearest 5-cent-mark and that it was actually like a mini-price-increase across the board. Thanks for the reminder. I think I’d still rather smash the Canadian pennies that I get back as change though.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:45 am on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply
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    • Jack Wirtz 12:48 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      ​ But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of GOD bestowed in the assemblies of Macedonia; that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty has abounded to the riches of their [free-hearted] liberality. For according to [their] power, I bear witness, and beyond [their] power, [they were] willing of their own accord, begging of us with much entreaty [to give effect to] the grace and fellowship of the service which [was to be rendered] to the saints. (2Co8:14)

      To come to the aid of the brethren in need.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:41 am on 2014-04-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Can Enough Money be Spent to do Away with Poverty? 

    The following post is going to refer to words that may refer to politics, to politicians, to money, to poverty and to government programs, but this is not a post with a political agenda!

    Phew, now that that’s out of the way…I received a survey in the mail yesterday from my U.S. Representative that asked questions about several random “hot topic” issues politically speaking. There was one in particular that grabbed my attention. It was, and I quote:

    In Fiscal year 2012, the federal government spent $799 billion on 92 different programs aimed at helping low-income individuals and families. Yet, to date, 15% of the U.S. population remains in poverty….”

    Now, I don’t enjoy numbers per say, but they do interest me when it comes to breaking down numbers that are provided to prove a point. So taking it for granted that the numbers are real, here’s the breakdown: (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 5:04 pm on 2014-04-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Green fruit 

    If someone asked you to name a color of a fruit, you would probably say orange or maybe red. However, in writing to the church at Philippi, Paul talks about fruit that is normally green.

    Can you guess what it is? Here is the clue: “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account” (Philippians 4:17). That is right; the “green fruit” is money. There are a number of passages in the Bible that talk about what we should do with our money. The most important thing that our money can do is support the preaching of the gospel. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    (#110) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:16-Coins or Christ? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 16:16: “How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

    Some things are worth more than “silver” or “gold.” “Wisdom” and “understanding” are two of these. “Wisdom” is God’s Intelligent Design that He placed in every detail of His Creation in the “heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This truth is at the foundation of faith in God, for: “He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, And stretched out the heaven by His understanding” (Jeremiah 51:15); “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

    “Understanding” is recognition of this, and it is humbling to the human mind, for we cannot be in charge of our own destinies without God’s help. Solomon, in Chapter 8, had already personified Wisdom, who explained how God placed it throughout the Creation, and shows it to be priceless: “Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her” (Proverbs 8:10-11); “My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver” (Proverbs 8:19).

    The Apostle Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring this to our attention who live under the Law of Jesus Christ: “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:17-21). Just as God’s Creation shows His Wisdom, those who accept this fact can see His Wisdom in their Recreation. Jesus left us with the Gospel command to:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:15 am on 2013-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Some things never change: the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The ranks of the world’s billionaires have again reached all-time highs. The 2013 Forbes Billionaires list now boasts 1,426 names, 210 more than last year. The U.S. leads with 442 billionaires. Carlos Slim is the world’s richest person; Bill Gates is second. While these billionaires increased their riches and wealth, families were ousted from foreclosed homes, single mothers struggled to feed children, workers were dismissed or laid-off, graduates ready to begin their career joined the lists of unemployed; the poor get poorer. Perhaps we should remind those who are rich, that the greatest riches is to be rich is doing good. This is Just-A-Minute

     
  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2013-05-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Sometimes the Well Runs Dry 

                    In my devotional reading the other day I was reflecting on the account as given to us in 2 Chronicles 24 and the Temple’s renovation. Judah was on hard times because of their sin and their loyalty. The result of this, among many other things, was the Lord’s temple was in disrepair. Judah’s most recent king, Joash (also spelled Jehoash), set out to repair the Temple; in order to do that he needed contributions from those of a willing heart. In time there was enough money collected and when collected the work was started and finished.

    This brings to mind a point worth considering. For some local churches that belong to the Lord, it appears that the well has run dry for them to accomplish some needful things as well as other things that are desired that are not needful. Consequently, elders are reluctant to commit themselves to that for which they are not sure they can attend. This is wise. On the other hand, when there are saints present and there is a need to be met, the saints will “come marching in” and do what they can to supply the necessary need. They do this because of a devotion to the Lord, to serve His cause, and to make a difference where they can.

    Sometimes the well runs dry, but sometimes it is only perceived to be so. RT

     
  • Eugene Adkins 5:51 pm on 2013-04-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Does God Care About Your Money? 

    In no small part thanks to charlatans on TV and to thieves of the church treasury, finances stands large among the spiritual subjects that the world misunderstands. Some in the world view the church as a money hungry institution that has hypocritical stances concerning finances. They often confuse money itself being a root of all kinds of evil with the love of money being a root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). And they confuse works being done with the aid of money with works done being done through money alone. One thing the world, and maybe even the church, must come to understand is that God doesn’t need our money. The God who created the heavens and the earth is the same God who purchased man’s salvation – and He did both without spending one penny! God doesn’t need our money, but He does want our heart, and the reason that God is concerned about money when it comes to His people is because of the possible negative effects that one’s material wealth can have one’s spiritual health. One can deny it all they want, but the fact that purse-strings and heart-strings are tied together is too obvious to miss. Even Ebenezer Scrooge figured that one out! So if anyone is convinced that an individual can show a heart full of gratitude toward God while carrying a full wallet and purse that doesn’t know how to properly give then that person cares more about money than they do finding out about why God cares so much about the topic. Praise God for the people who own their money without their money owning them.

    Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation. But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”

    (2 Corinthians 9:5-11 – NKJV)

     
  • Chad Dollahite 9:19 am on 2012-12-24 Permalink | Reply
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    “Money Matters” 

    In 1 Timothy 6:9-17, the apostle Paul warns against the dangers of money. Money is the number one source of problems among married couples, and it is the number one desire of a great number of people today. Let us now notice the admonition of Paul against the dangers of money, and let us heed his admonition to avoid this perilous wile of the devil (cf. Eph. 6:11, 17). (More …)

     
  • Richard Mansel 1:54 pm on 2012-12-11 Permalink | Reply
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    A Conflict in Compassion 

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    God tells us to take care of the poor. Meanwhile, most Christians equate poverty with welfare and think that they deserve what they get. We stereotype the poor and therefore we don’t help anyone.

    Somehow, we have to get past these stereotypes and realize that some people are legitimately in need and we are commanded to do what we can to help them.

    “The generous soul will be made rich” (Proverbs 11:25).

    They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do” (Galatians 2:10).

     

     

     
    • EWELL 6:41 pm on 2012-12-11 Permalink | Reply

      “WE” is a word to use cautiously. “WE” apply it to people we do not even know, and seem to assume NO ONE ever does any benevolent work.

      • Richard Mansel 6:45 pm on 2012-12-11 Permalink | Reply

        I know. “We” when used in a collective sense doesn’t mean everyone. Thanks for the comment!

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