Jesus talked about our relationship with money more than He talked about any other thing.
Yet, Christian debt burden and divorce rates vary little if any from the world at large.
Fifty-six percent of people divorcing say money was the main reason. Bankruptcies are up; savings are down. For only the third time in history, the U.S. has a negative savings rate. The other periods were 1932-33, and in 2006-07. The average credit card debt per household is more than $9,000, and we spend more than we earn each year.
In the midst of an economic crisis the government’s response is to encourage borrowing.
Is there a better way? Can we gain control of our own impatience to borrow, buy and enjoy instantly? Should a Christian’s relationship with money reflect a different standard?
The Jan. 3 issue of the Biblical Recorder offers a look at some of the issues, and, perhaps, offers some handles for you. Stories from this issue will begin to be posted Jan. 2. Please check our web site in the following days to improve your financial health in 2009.
Several more stories have been held for the Jan. 17 issue and will be posted online later this month.
Financial health package entries:
Intro: Personal financial health (posted Dec. 31, 2008)
Biblical money principles blaze easier path (posted Jan. 2, 2009)
Don’t wait to tackle financial issues (posted Jan. 2, 2009)
Five steps to break the shackle of debt (posted Jan. 2, 2009)
Seminaries act in face of financial woes (posted Dec. 18, 2008)
Southeastern working to keep students in school (posted Jan. 5, 2009)
Which verses do you choose to guide finances? (posted Jan. 5, 2009)
Financial tips help newlyweds avoid credit potholes (posted Jan. 6, 2009)
Do pastors avoid teaching stewardship? (posted Jan. 6, 2009)
Teaching seven pillars of financial wisdom for pastors (posted Jan. 6, 2009)
Holman produces New Testament for family financial health (posted Jan. 6, 2009)
In tight times, clergy counsel patience (posted Jan. 6, 2009)
Estate plan completes financial health (posted Jan. 6, 2009)
Standard procedures help home managers (posted Jan. 7, 2009)
Teach your kids about money (posted Jan. 7, 2009)
Families find financial peace in Ramsey seminars (posted Jan. 7, 2009)
Cary church helps job seekers make connections (posted Jan. 8, 2009)
Using many search methods gets job faster (posted Jan. 8, 2009)
Pastors unite to help job seekers find work (posted Jan. 8, 2009)
Colleges try to help students through tough times (posted Jan. 19, 2009)
Chowan teaches danger of credit card abuse (posted Jan. 19, 2009)
Pastors unaware of members’ debt (posted Jan. 21, 2009)
Church builds, renovates, buys debt-free (posted Jan. 21, 2009)
Should Christians use credit cards? (posted Jan. 21, 2009)
Are there curses for those who take on debt? (posted Jan. 21, 2009)
For some in N.C., food comes from Angel (posted Jan. 22, 2009)
Church loan program edges closer to reality (posted Jan. 22, 2009)
They teach spiritual truths, too (posted Jan. 27, 2009)
Editorial: Encourage each other toward contentedness (posted Jan. 2, 2009)
Editorial: Tithing your estate creates new beginnings (posted Jan. 21, 2009)
Spoke’n: Living debt-free requires choices (posted Jan. 2, 2009)
Guest column: Tough Lessons for tough times (posted Jan. 2, 2009)
Guest column: 2009 — Starting for the finish (posted Dec. 31, 2008)
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