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Summary: This is part of a series I did on topics my congregation requested. Several of these messages are two parts.

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YOU ASKED FOR IT

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY

Sunday July 16, 2006

Scripture Reference: 1 Timothy 6:3-19

Intro.

A. Today we are going to begin our look at the last subject that you requested to hear a message about. Now as we look at this final subject I want to remind you one more time that “You Asked For It”. It was not my idea to preach on the subject of money this is what you requested. Seriously though I do believe that this was all in God’s providential timing that I talk to you about his subject today since it was not long ago that we all received a letter from our Church Board sharing with us about the current financial struggle we are having as a congregation. Yes money may not be our favorite topic but I do not believe it coincidental that I would be sharing with you about this subject at this time. You gave me six different topics to preach on and it was all the way back in April that I put this schedule together so you see I believe that God was directing things all the way along bringing us to this point today.

1. Let’s all be honest shall we? We all like money right? If you say you don’t then maybe we need to preach on one more topic before we leave this series, the topic of honesty. We all like money, money allows us a lot of opportunities and privileges. Money allows us to go out to eat and all the ladies said… (Amen). Money allows us to buy a car and then spend $3+ dollars a gallon for gas to make it go. Money allows me to have a roof over my head and to have heat in the winter and cool in the summer. Aren’t you glad for an air conditioned sanctuary? Money allows us to have this. Money allows me to buy worms so I can go fishing. Sure we all like money because money is necessary and money is useful.

2. When I was asked to preach on the topic of money I was asked to answer the question, “Is money Good or is money bad?” Well the short and simple answer to that question is that money is neither. Money is not good and money is not bad, money is neutral. What determines the good or bad of money is our attitude towards it. So now I guess since I answered the question you were asking that means we can all go home Right? Wait a minute, not so fast. How do we develop a proper attitude towards money so that it will be good and not bad? That is what I want to begin to talk to you about today and I am sure you will be very surprised to learn that I will not finish this subject today but we will finish up this subject and this series next Sunday.

B. Now since the subject of money always tends to get people a little up tight I thought maybe I would start out today with a couple of stories to try and lighten the mood. Now once again I know that we preachers are often accused of having a one track mind and that mind runs on the track of money but that really isn’t true. It was very frustrating to me back in 1999 when we were going through our program to raise funds for new buildings that I was accused of only preaching about money, but for some reason no one could offer me another way of building new buildings except by using money. We had planned to use Jim & Mickey Burdett to do most of the building but for some reason they wanted money for the work they were going to do. Can you imagine that?! Of all the nerve.


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