A financial surprise. You know what I mean? Unexpectedly, maybe in the mail, maybe by phone, the news that out of the blue, a financial windfall was coming your way. Weren’t you happy? But the question I want to ask you is what I asked myself. What did you do with the money?
Last week on Wall Street, there was a financial surprise. The online and by mail movie service Netflix recorded it’s highest gain since going public in 2002. On news of a surprising profit in its last quarter and adding 2 point 5 million subscribers, the stock posted an increase of 42 percent. Even as Apple computer took another dive, Netflix proved it isn’t dead as a company. But what do You do with an unexpected windfall? Do you take it to the Lord and say, “what do I do with this gift?” Do you buy whatever pops into your mind? Isn’t it better to first take it to Him?
Welcome to HT, I’m CM sharing the Gs that’s all about Jesus and the start of a new week. In a few minutes we’re going to Lexington, Kentucky and sit down again with Ben Witherington, a New Testament scholar. When we had him on last year, we talked about what the Bible teaches Christians about money. We asked hard questions and he provided strong biblical answers. From that series we received some of the most responses we’ve ever received from listeners. So we’re going back to Dr. Witherington for a series this week called Christian Myths About Money. So don’t go away. After the program, I’m going to ask you call us or go online to get a copy of his book called “Jesus and Money, A Guide for Times of Financial Crisis”. Our telephone number is 1-800-654-2836. That’s 1-800-65-HAVEN. Or you can visit our website at haventoday.org. that’s haventoday.org. Who do you serve first, the Lord … or mammon. Stick around to find out with Ben Witherington.
Sometimes we dip into our library and find a great song. Would you join me in starting your week with Jesus? From Arkansas and the For Every Heart album, Twila Paris opens this HAVEN Today with You Have Been Good.
OPEN – You Have Been Good – Twila Paris from Arkansas
What a great song of encouragement. It’s been a while since we had her on the program. Twila Paris and You Have Been Good. Now from Arkansas, lets move to the state of Kentucky for the start of a series called Christian Myths About Money. In the next few days we’re going to tackle some big questions like – if you’re a Christian how much should you give. Is tithing taught in the New Testament. If I claim it, can I expect by faith God to give it to me? What does belong to Caesar and what belongs to me. So outside Lexington, Kentucky again.
If you’ve just joined us, we’re sitting down with Ben Witherington in Kentucky called Christian Myths About Money.
When it came to the issue of money, Jesus had hard things to say ... to the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. He told a rich man to give everything away and follow him. He praised a widow with almost nothing for tithing the little that she had. And he told everyone to give to Caesar all that is Caesar's.
Does this trouble you? It troubles me. Jesus' teachings are difficult - especially in a world that teaches happiness can only come from things money can buy. But here's the secret most people don't realize ... learning to see money through the eyes of Jesus will bring true freedom and joy.
I want you to have a copy of Ben Witherington's book - Jesus and Money. It is a rare and an eye opening book on how we need to perceive money - through the eyes of Jesus.
Comments: Hi Charles. I am writing to note my appreciation on your series about depression. I have had depression for almost 30 years, and I have been a psychiatric social worker for 25 years - working with many depressed people. A year ago I entered an acutely painful stage of my life. In sheer desperation I started to pray. I could not believe the positive change, and soon I was rushing home to pray and meditate. After 30 years of atheism, I became a Christian. I do not believe I had the strength to heal myself. It was only through God's help (and the help of others). I appreciate your gentle humanity during my drive to work every day.
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In the wake of a sobering global recession, many Christians realize they need to rethink their approach to money. In Jesus and Money respected New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III explores what the Bible does--and doesn't--say about money. This book clearly and concisely helps readers understand the proper...
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