When Money Means Misery (17 of 22) by Jerry Vines

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When Money Means Misery (17 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 5:1-6
1/30/05

Johnny Carson died at the age of 79 last week. We all remember him on the Tonight Show. He was known for his one liners. Sometimes his humor was irreverent, but there was an impish grin about him and a boyishness about him that caused us to like him in spite of it. He said a lot of interesting things. One of the things he said that I have thought a lot about is, "The only thing money can give you is the freedom to not worry about money." Think about that. He's talking about money and what money can and what money cannot do for you.

I read an article some time ago about money which said that 50 percent of our time we spend thinking about money. We're thinking about how to make money, thinking about how to spend money, thinking about how to keep money, thinking about how to save money. We do spend a great deal of our time thinking about the subject of money.

I think that is one of the reasons why the Bible has a great deal to say about the subject of money. You can read your Bible and from the beginning to end you will discover that the Bible has a great deal to say about the importance of money, the place of money, the use of money and the misuse of money.

In fact, Jesus had a great deal to say about money. I think about half of the parables that the Lord Jesus told revolved around the subject of money. We are told that one time Jesus went into the Temple and was sitting in the treasury and He was looking at how people were putting their money into the treasury because Jesus understands how very important money really is.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that money is evil. Sometimes people misquote I Timothy 6, verse 10. They misquote it by saying that money is the root of all evil. That's not what it says. It doesn't say that money is the root of all evil. It says that the love of money is the root of all evil. There is nothing wrong ...


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