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    Biblical Wisdom on Money Matters

    Wise words on money matters to help keep cash in perspective.

    "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

    "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

    —Matthew 6:24-26, NIV

    Almighty God, Who knows our necessities before we ask:…Set free your servants from all anxious thoughts about tomorrow; make us content with your good gifts; and confirm our faith that as we seek your kingdom, you will not allow us to lack any good thing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    —a prayer of Augustine (354-430), early church leader and philosopher

    The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.

    —Billy Sunday (1862-1935), American evangelist

    Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what is the advantage of wealth—except perhaps to watch it run through your fingers!

    —Ecclesiastes 5:10-11, NLT

    It is easy to trust in God when we have not to hunt for money, but immediately [when] the penny that is not there looms large, we allow the mosquito of worry to irritate our whole life from rest in God.

    —Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), Scottish minister and writer

    It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom.

    —Proverbs 17:16, NLT

    It is more blessed to give than to receive, but then it is also more blessed to be able to do without than to have to have.

    —Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish Christian and philosopher

    Almighty God, more generous than any father, we stand amazed at the many gifts you shower upon us. You give freely and willingly, always with regard to our ability to receive. You give daily gifts, teaching us to trust you tomorrow. You give us gifts through one another, so that we may learn to share….How thoughtfully you offer your gifts! So continue, Lord, of your goodness.

    —anonymous prayer in 2000 Years of Classic Christian Prayers served as a resource for this article.

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