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Have you ever wondered why are Money and Spirituality so intricately linked in scripture?
Jesus discusses money more than heaven and hell combined.
Jesus talked more about money than anyone else in the Bible.
Financial teacher Howard Dayton, for example, has counted 2,350 verses in God's word that deal with money.
The Bible devotes twice as many verses to money than to faith and prayer.
Why does the bible make shocking statements about money such as -
Paul told Timothy - 1 Timothy 6:10 (NASB95)
10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
To the Rich, Young, Ruler - Mark 10:21 (NASB95)
21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, ''One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.''
Camel, Needle - Matthew 19:23 (NASB95)
23 And Jesus said to His disciples, ''Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Why are money and spirituality so intricately linked? I think the answer might be found in our text this morning - Luke 12:13-21 (NASB95)
13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, ''Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.'' 14 But He said to him, ''Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?''
Do you see this pattern in the ministry of Christ?
The Syrophenician woman asked for her son to be healed - Jesus said, ''Woman I'm sent to the Lost sheep of the house of Israel… then he healed the boy anyway.''
Mary said, ''They are out of wine'' Jesus said, ''woman my time has not yet come'' then he made the wine anyway.
It seemed like Jesus had the ''can't help its''. He can't help but love you, he can't help but help you. When someone sincerely, genuinely ...
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