God expects us to have faith, but also to use common sense and wise planning in allocating the resources He has given us. The best way to manage your money and stay out of debt is to have a strategy in place before the expenses or temptations arise.
Today’s message by Mr G Walters, make sure you check out all our livestreams here.
Finance guides come and go, but as Christians throughout the centuries have known, the Bible is a finance guide for all time. From stories about rich men and paupers to proverbs with sharp insights, God’s word is filled with good advice on money.
The Bible advises us how to be the kind of person who saves enough money, spends wisely, plans ahead, gives generously, and learns to enjoy money.
The bottom line: God owns it all. List your assets, start thinking about them as “God’s assets in my care.” We are stewards, not owners!
(Psalm 95:3-7, Job 41:11, Haggai 2:8, Mark 10:43-45, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, Matthew 25:21-30)
“Cook from scratch – make meals, eat some then freeze the rest for another day – saves a fortune and time too.
I make my own bread, buy a packet of good quality flour and make three delicious, fresh, low-salt loaves for about 30p each.” You won’t find fresh bread for 30p in the shops!
TIP OF THE MONTH…..
Think before spending.
Do you really need it? How could I put my money to better use?
Bizzare laws found in Old Testament
New Living Translation
“When you enter the land and plant fruit trees, leave the fruit unharvested for the first three years and consider it forbidden. Do not eat it.
This is really strange and looks a bit daft. Is there a genuine reason for it though?
Fruit trees bear fruit from year 1 but for the first three years it bears imperfect fruit. By the gardener removing the fruit as soon as it appears for the first three years, it enables the tree itself to utilise all the goodness to produce better fruit in subsequent years!
The Bible makes scientific sense!
CS Lewis –
Firstly, I have to say I am a big fan of CS Lewis and have read a number of his books including his autobiography ‘surprised by joy’. So this was on my list.
I had been given the 60th-anniversary edition for Christmas and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Especially as I had some say it was worth a read. I can say I was not disappointed.
The book itself is a collection of letters from a demon called Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood (a junior tempter). The story centers around Wormwood land his attempts to tempt a man called ‘the patient’.
The scene is set as wormwood is seen as trying differing methods to promote sin and undermining faith in the patient. Whilst all time reporting back to his mentor Screwtape.
Wormwood is not always successful, even when he thinks he has set the perfect trap! Screwtape being the elder more experienced tempter, continues to share his experience and tries to steer his nephew in a way that will bring the most damage to both the patient and the enemy (God).
CS Lewis tackles many scenarios from sex, love, pride, gluttony to war. From a Christian perspective, it gives a little insight into the spiritual battle which is around us and unseen. Not that all our bad choices come from demons? As I am sure you can agree, we can make most of them on our own.
Certainly, this being a classic in its own right, is worth a read both for its literary construction and its content. In the 60th anniversary edition, you also get the story of Screwtape proposing a toast at an official graduation ceremony for the tempters. It’s also worth noting that when it was published, it was dedicated to another literary great JRR Tolkien.
By C Tuck
We bring you the live-streaming of Miss SJ Cooke on Sunday 22nd October 2017.
We are proud to announce a new section that’s coming to our site, Money Matters. This is a very popular article in the PCN which focuses on how you can not only save money but also handle your finances.
Pete Greig/ Dave Roberts – Red Moon Rising : Rediscover the power of prayer (The story of 24-7 Prayer)
First and foremost, this book is all about the centrality of prayer. More importantly, the connection between mankind and His maker. Some would say the restora- tion of the relationship lost at the Garden of Eden.
Pete Greig shares the way in which God, who can be seen as ‘out there somewhere’, becomes personally present in the lives of hundreds of people, over thou- sands of locations on planet earth. Starting a move- ment which was not ‘planned’ in terms of mans design. But was divinely planned from Gods own hand touch- ing earth.
This is not a new thing either, as God shows himself to those who :-
2 CHRONICLES 7:14 (KJV) “IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.”
The power of prayer is something we all know and talk about. Yet when it comes down it, if we honest, we feel that we don’t give enough time, thought to prayer/ pray- ing. This book challenges and exhorts us to rethink the how and live a ‘Pray without ceasing’ kind of life. Not locking ourselves away but being both Heavenly minded and making a difference in the world around us.
Pete looks at this and started a prayer Meeting which turned his understanding and expectation inside simple obedience came a movement which at this point is 15yrs in the making.
The 24-7 prayer idea is a new way of thinking about prayer and yet it’s not new!! Pete looks at the history of great prayer revivals of the past ranging from the Moravians, John Wesley, to prayer walks around the Berlin Wall and its demise. There is no doubt God answers the prayer of the humble and obedient.
The book consists of many stories, historical events which prove that when we take time to pray. We connect with God in a power- ful way which changes us inside out to become the people God has called us to be. Giving strength and courage to do what we feel is he impossible. #ICANARMY (Ezk 37).
Definitely a book worth reading, but more importantly, a book to encourage and mobilise the church to become a ‘Praying’, ‘interceding’ church. Praying 24-7 one hour at a time!!!
Although this is a book revolving around the idea of 24-7 prayer at no point does it ask you signup and join. But it does encourage and look to refuel the reader to go deeper in your personal and corporate prayer times.
Review by Mr C Tuck