by Jim Henry

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It's The Money, Honey - Marriage's No.1 Problem
Series: The Marriage Tree
Jim Henry
I Timothy 6:10

Someone said that a financial skeleton lurks in the closet of many
Christian homes. Paul Black, who serves as the counselor at the University
of Toronto Family and Juvenile Court, said that the number one problem with
marriages was money. It's strange to think about that in the Western
Hemisphere, especially. There are nearly four hundred billionaires in the
world and the largest majority of them live in America, and the richest family
in the world is in America--the Waltons. They are squeaking by on 26 billion
dollars a year.

In the midst of all this, another strange thing is taking place. In 1950
fifty-one percent of the American people had a debt that exceeded their
assets. In 1990 eighty percent of Americans had debts that exceeded their
assets. If the current trend continues, by the time most reach retirement age,
less than ten percent of the American people will be able to exist on their
current income and savings and social security because they have not made
any allowance for retirement. And that affects the church - because that's us.
We're the American people, too.

Someone said that when people say at the altar, "Until death we do
part" some people have to say, "I'll cherish you until debt do us part." And for
a lot of couples, that has become the number one problem in their marriage
relationship. Well, the Bible has a lot to say about it. Let's use as a text I
Timothy, chapter six, verse six: "But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world and can take nothing out of it. (8) But if
we have food and clothing we will be content with that. (9) People who want
to get rich fall into temptation and then into many foolish and harmful desires
that plunge men into ruin and destruction. (10) For the love of money is a
root of all kinds of evil. Some peo ...

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