by Stan Coffey

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The Promise Of God's Provision (5 of 5)
Stan Coffey
Malachi 3:10-12

One of the most important things in the lives of American people is money. A recent gallup poll interviewed a number of families in America and asked the question, "What is the biggest problem you face as a family?" Fifty-six percent of the families responded that money and economic problems constitute the biggest problem they have. The next highest category was health problems and health care at only six percent. An article in Psychology Today entitled "The One Who Has the Most Toys When He Dies Wins" cited a survey that has been conducted every year since 1966 of college freshmen. In the twenty years from 1966 to 1986, the answers changed dramatically. In 1966 more that eighty percent of college freshmen said that a major reason for attending college was "to develop a meaningful philosophy of life." Twenty years later seventy percent of college freshmen said that a major reason for attending college was "to be able to make more money." During my years as a pastor I've observed that many marriages have dissolved over the issue of financial bondage. Almost all husbands and wives have argued over money.

Theirs was a beautiful marriage
but for one feminine flaw,
He was quick on the deposit,
but she was faster on the draw.

Most of us know what it is to have too much month left at the end of the money. Certainly the credit card boom has precipitated the creation of more financial bondage than anything in our history. We are borrowing money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't even like! Too many people are trying to eat T-bone steaks on a hot dog income.

You don't even have to be poor to be in financial bondage. Some people are financially independent but not financially free. America is full of successful people who are bound by shackles of gold who live in prisons called mansions and who are bound with ropes of silk and satin. Whether ...

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