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February 17, 2020

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Sharon Hughes • Money Management
Margaret Thatcher said, "The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

While the government is failing to take effective measures that will fix the financial crisis we are in, we can take measures to personally survive the madness.
Michael Cozakas • Money Management
I was in Norway during the most recent economic events that have caused such a stir throughout the world. I heard people tell me that the U.S. financial markets were collapsing and unprecedented losses would occur. When I realized the nature of the problem I reflected on what was causing this catastrophic event to occur.
Paul Cuny • Money Management
The global economy has produced many benefits for the nations of the world. Through the internet, people in Africa can market products that can be purchased in Chile with the click of a mouse. On a global scale, commerce is conducted and money changes hands instantaneously between continents. We live in a world where travel between continents is common and commerce is the key. People all over the world are inter-connected and inter-dependent. Yet as we have seen in recent weeks, the economies of all nations are inter-connected, as well. Could it be that God was actually speaking of our day when he spoke to the prophet Daniel 2500 years ago? Dan 12:4 But you Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase. NLT
In many cultures, witchcraft seems to be a particular problem in the marketplace. Business people go to the Witch Doctor to attract business or to curse the competition. Some business people are known to use a fetish to bring success. In Zambia, there is a root called "Palibe Kantu" (meaning 'No Problem') to influence customers in their stores to prevent them from noticing flaws in the products. Other fetishes are used to attract business to the shop. The Christian businessperson should have nothing to do with such practices. Scripture prohibits them. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11). (See also Leviticus 17:7 and 19:26.)

Os Hillman • Money Management
"God never gave you that property," said the man sitting across from me at lunch. I was in the midst of some major adversities in my business and personal life. "You will never see it," he went on to say. I was taken back by such a bold and brass statement. Quite frankly, I was very offended. He continued, "You will not keep it. You acquired it out of sweat and toil, not from obedience." I thought he was crazy.

Os Hillman • Money Management
Have you ever felt guilty making money? As a man or woman who operates daily in an environment that often appears to be after one thing-the bottom line profit-it would be easy to reduce our whole purpose for living to gaining a profit in our enterprises. There is much justification for criticism of the money focus in our society, because the ruling stronghold in the workplace is mammon that leads to greed and pride.
Os Hillman • Money Management
Dear Os,
I am a TGIF subscriber and have appreciated your encouragement over the years. I wanted to ask you if you know of any books or articles that touch on the subject of profiting financially from delivering services within the church. What are your thoughts on this?
Morris Ruddick • Money Management
The wealth transfer has become a hot topic. Companies are being birthed with the vision of creating vast amounts of money destined to advance the Kingdom of God. Believers in business are coming up with opportunities with unusual returns designed to accelerate the spread of the Gospel. There are rumblings of technologies proposing to change the balance of power in the world's economic system. Intercessory teams designed to pierce the opposition are being mobilized. Ministries are aligning themselves with super-achievers they discern will spearhead expected wealth transfer venues.

Morris Ruddick • Money Management
Whenever God is on the move, people will start popularizing terms in attempts to define the new dimensions of what the Spirit of the Lord is releasing. Groups will shape terms to fit their own horizons. Well-intentioned responses tend to lend themselves to past perspectives and superficial renderings of the new God-given dimension before it has been given the opportunity to fully bloom. The result, unfortunately, is more of the same with a new twist rather than facilitating the entrance of a new paradigm.
Crown Ministries • Money Management
Should a Christian file bankruptcy? Crown Ministries provides a thorough look at whether Christians should file personal bankruptcy.

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