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May 03, 2015

Money Matters

Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

Speaker: Barry Teague

Series: Ecclesiastes

“Money Matters” - Eccl 5:10-20

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep. There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him. As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.

“Money Matters” - Eccl 5:10-20

This also is a grievous evil — exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind? Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger. Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.

Myth#1 - $ brings satisfaction

“The more loot you get, the more looters show up.” MSG

Prov. 23:1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,

2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.

Myth#2 - $ brings a better quality of life

$ doesn’t solve problems, it creates them It’s God who can heal hearts....

Myth#3 - $ brings peace of mind

always something to worry about

“The man who works hard sleeps well whether he eats little or much, but the rich must worry and suffer insomnia.”

Myth#4 - $ brings security

Luke 12:15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Your ability to earn $ is a gift from God

Your ability to enjoy $ is a gift from God

Your ability to earn $ is a gift from God

Your ability to enjoy $ is a gift from God

Your ability to earn $ is a gift from God

Pro 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Pro 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

“Let’s soar together”

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Pro 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Pro 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

“Let’s soar together”