Man And His Money
James 5:1-9 I want to talk to you about a subject that's on every body's mind and that's the subject of money. I heard a lot about money these last days and the things that have been happening in the stock market I know that you are interested in money... if you say that you are not I have a tendency to believe that you are not telling the truth. All people are interested ...ah.. most all people I believe... to some degree and you can tell a lot about a man's character by his reaction to money... whether it be in plenty or whether it be in poverty. I heard about a man who came into a large inheritance, several hundred thousand dollars. It was such a great amount of money that the man was old and had a bad heart they thought they better not tell him that he had so much money just bluntly because they thought he might have a heart attack. They said, well the preacher is good with words, we'll ask the preacher to tell him. And so the minister went over to tell him. The minister thought rather than telling him just straight out he'd kind of ease into it. So he put rather than a statement he put a question to the old man and he said,' Grandpa, what would you do if you had $200,000 dollars! He said pastor I would give it all to the building fund.' The pastor fainted. Now you can tell what a man's attitude is and a lot about his character by his relationship to money. There are a lot of... there are a lot of...deceptions about money. A lot of people have some wrong ideas about money. Some people think that money brings happiness. It doesn't. Ir can buy almost anything but happiness. Take you almost anywhere but heaven. Other people think money brings security. It doesn't. Other people think that money is sinful. It isn't. It is a necessary means of exchange. The Bible doesn't say that money is the root of all evil contrary to popular opinion. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. There are a lot of deceptions about money ...
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