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Using Your Money Wisely: Biblical Principles Under Scrutiny
     

Using Your Money Wisely: Biblical Principles Under Scrutiny

by Burkett
 

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Do you know how far-reaching your finances are?

Nearly 80 percent of all divorced couples between the ages of 20 and 30 list financial difficulties as the primary cause of their separation. Even some of the most dedicated Christians are facing the perils of bankruptcy and overextended credit. We are seeing just some of the effects of living in a

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Do you know how far-reaching your finances are?

Nearly 80 percent of all divorced couples between the ages of 20 and 30 list financial difficulties as the primary cause of their separation. Even some of the most dedicated Christians are facing the perils of bankruptcy and overextended credit. We are seeing just some of the effects of living in a materialistic society.

Larry Burkett, renowned for his Christian Financial Concepts ministry, dedicated himself to helping people understand what the Scripture says about finances. Through a series of outstanding articles taken from CFC newsletters, Using Your Money Wisely clearly demonstrates God’s principles for prudent money management.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802434296
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Edition description:
New
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
1,344,792
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.65(d)

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There are five basic business function that together constitute the activities of a Christian business. Function 1: Evangelism. There is no toll more effective for evangelism than a business dedicated to the lord. Not only can employees be won by a dedicated owner or manager, but, similarly, so can suppliers, creditors and customers. The key here is the walk, not the talk. Function 2: Discipleship. Evangelism is sharing Christ's message of salvation with the lost. Discipleship is training Christians to grow stronger in their faith. In a business, that effort should be directed by the owner or manager to those immediately under his authority. It is they who will then be able to disciple the others under their authority. "And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also" (2Timothy 2:2). Function3: To fund God's work. A business is the best tool for funding God's work ever created. A property run business can generate excess capital to meet needs, share the gospel, and still continue its operations day-by-day. There are many creative ways to use such funds to further God's work. Obviously, giving to your church and to ministries is good and necessary to do God's work, but there are many ministries available within the business itself. For instance, several Christian businessmen have hired full-time counselors who work with employees who have personal problems. Function4: Provide for needs. A business must provide for the needs of the employees, creditors, customers, and owners. That is done by paying salaries, paying for supplies and equipment in a timely fashion, and providing a quality product at a fair price. In our modern business environment, the principle seems to be meet the owner's needs, wants, and desires first, then pay the employees what is necessary to keep them off his back. Many creditors are paid late, or not at all, and the customers are viewedas a necessary evil. If a Christian business owner accepts meeting needs as a normal part of God's plan, his business will play an effective role in evangelism and discipleship. Function5: To generate profits. Any business must be able to make a profit if it is to continue operations. Sometimes Christians seem to believe that God will bless them supernaturally, while they ignore every pretense of good management. If you believe that, you haven't studied God's Word very thoroughly. God's Word directs us to think and plan. "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9)

Meet the Author


LARRY BURKETT (1939-2003) was a well-known authority on business and personal finance. He wrote more than seventy books, including non-fiction bestsellers like Family Financial Workbook, Debt-Free Living, and The World¿s Easiest Guide to Finances. He also had a worldwide radio ministry. Larry founded Christian Financial Concepts and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Crown Financial Ministries®. He is survived by his wife, Judy, four grown children and nine grandchildren.

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