Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued our “Mending the Modern Family” series with a powerful and potentially divisive issue within the family: money.
What is the problem with money? One main issue is affluenza – the condition that no matter how much we have, it’s never enough! This can lead to debt which can lead to stress, arguing, unhappiness, discontent, and finally divorce, all because of an improper relationship with money.
But what does it mean to have a proper relationship with money? Well there are only three possible ways to handle your income; either you can spend it, save it, or give it away. At the minimum, Cal recommends that we:
- Give the first 10% (tithe)
- Save the second 10%
- Live on the rest, but never more than 80% of the total
A wrong relationship with money can easily destroy your right relationships with people. How is your relationship with money?
Verses and quotes from the message:
Proverbs 27:12; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Luke 12:15; Luke 16:13; Proverbs 21:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Hebrews 13:5; Philippians 4:11-12
“Now, working elbow to elbow with billionaires, I was a giant fireball of greed. I’d think about how my colleagues could buy Micronesia if they wanted to, or become the mayor of New York City. They didn’t just have money; they had power … Senators came to their offices. They were royalty.” Sam Polk
“I came to realize I had been using money as this thing that would quell all my fears. So I had this belief that maybe someday I would get enough money that I would no longer be scared … I would feel successful. And one of the things I learned on Wall Street was no matter how much money I made, the money was never going to do it.” Sam Polk
“I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness.” John D. Rockefeller
“The care of millions is too great a load…there is no pleasure in it.” Cornelius Vanderbilt
“… the most miserable man on earth.” John Jacob Astor, about himself
“[I] was happier doing mechanic’s work.” Henry Ford, looking back over his life
“Men will spend their health getting wealth, and then gladly pay all that they have earned to get their health back.” Mike Murdock
“Satisfaction isn’t so much getting what you want as wanting what you have. There are two ways to be rich: one is to have great wealth, the other is to have few wants.” Dr. David Myers
Nothing but the Blood – Andy Cherry
Cornerstone – Hillsong
Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher