Managing God's Money

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God cares a great deal more about our money than most of us imagine. The sheer enormity of Scripture's teaching on this subject screams for our attention. In fact, Jesus says more about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than about any other topic-including both heaven and hell. In Managing God's Money, Randy Alcorn breaks down exactly what the Bible has to say about how we are to handle our money and posessions in a simple, easy-to-follow format. Filled with Scripture references, Managing God's Moneyis the perfect reference tool for anyone who is interested in gaining a solid biblical understanding of money, possessions, and eternity.

Author Biography

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and the best-selling author of Heaven; Money, Possessions, and Eternity; The Treasure Principle; If God Is Good; Deadline; Dominion; Deception; and Safely Home. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon and have two married daughters.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Money and Possessions: Biblep. 101
Starting Right: A Biblical Mind-Set about Moneyp. 3
Are we faithful in how we handle money?p. 3
Is money really important to God?p. 5
Why so much biblical emphasis on money and possessions?p. 7
Isn't what we do with our money our own business?p. 9
What questions will we one day have to answer?p. 12
Ownership: It All Belongs to Godp. 13
What is stewardship, and why is ownership foundational to it?p. 14
Is God really the owner of all?p. 15
How is stewardship synonymous with the Christian life?p. 18
Stewardship: It's under Our Managementp. 21
What are the eternal friends and dwellings Jesus speaks of?p. 22
What are the "true riches" Jesus entrusts to some?p. 24
What do Christ's stewardship parables mean?p. 25
What does Jesus teach us about the property owner?p. 26
What does Jesus teach us about the property manager?p. 27
Are we ready for the Owner to return or for us to go to him?p. 29
Perspectives That Impede Faithful Money Management
"Money Is Bad": A False Spiritualityp. 35
Does the Bible say money is evil?p. 36
Is it possible to both follow God and make money?p. 37
Is it right for Christians to have material possessions and enjoy them?p. 39
"It's All about Money": The False God of Materialismp. 41
What's wrong with wanting things?p. 41
Bible stories too close to home?p. 42
What isn't life measured by?p. 43
Is money-love a formula for self-destruction?p. 45
Materialism: Ten Fatal Dangersp. 47
Materialism hinders or destroys our spiritual livesp. 47
Materialism is a broken cistern that can't hold waterp. 48
Materialism blinds us to the curses of wealthp. 48
Materialism brings us unhappiness and anxietyp. 49
Materialism ends in futilityp. 50
Materialism obscures many of life's greatest blessingsp. 52
Materialism spawns independence and self-sufficiencyp. 52
Materialism leads to pride and elitismp. 53
Materialism promotes injustice and exploitationp. 54
Materialism fosters immorality and the deterioration of the familyp. 55
Battling Materialism in Christian Familiesp. 57
What is "affluenza"?p. 57
Is there any substitute for a parent?p. 59
What about our children's other teachers?p. 60
How about a field trip to a dump?p. 61
Rethinking Prosperity Theology (Hint: God Is Not Our Genie)p. 63
Doesn't God promise to make us prosperous if we obey him?p. 64
What about Job and Lazarus and godly people who suffer?p. 65
Prosperity or persecution?p. 67
What can we learn about prosperity theology from the apostle Paul?p. 69
So why does God prosper us sometimes?p. 72
Our Stewardship in Eternity's Light
Two Treasuries, Two Perspectives, Two Masters: Choosing between Two Kingdomsp. 77
How do we keep money and possessions in perspective?p. 77
What does it mean to store up treasures in Heaven?p. 80
Is storing up treasures in Heaven really about giving?p. 83
What is an eternal investment?p. 85
Where do we find the motivation to invest eternally?p. 88
God's Steward's Eternal Destiny: Heavenp. 91
Why is it important to view our present lives through the lens of eternity?p. 92
Is Heaven really a place we should look forward to?p. 93
Will we really eat and drink and spend time with friends?p. 94
Will we rest or work or both?p. 98
God's Steward's Eternal Rewardsp. 99
Does God care about what we do on Earth, or only about what we believe?p. 99
Does God hate our good works?p. 101
How powerful is the motivation of eternal reward?p. 102
Is it wrong to be motivated by rewards?p. 103
Whose idea is it for God to grant rewards to faithful stewards?p. 105
Should reward be our only motivation?p. 108
Giving and Sharing God's Money and Possessions
Tithing: The Training Wheels of Givingp. 113
Where and how do we start giving?p. 113
What exactly does tithing mean?p. 116
Isn't tithing legalism?p. 118
If tithing is no longer a law, could it still be a good idea?p. 122
What if we can't afford to tithe?p. 123
Should we tithe on our gross or our net income?p. 126
Freewill Giving: Overflow of the Grace-Filled Heartp. 127
How does grace giving differ from tithing?p. 128
What do we do with the financial blessings God showers on us in response to our giving?p. 131
Why has God provided more than we need?p. 132
How do we set our own salaries?p. 134
Whose praise do we seek in giving?p. 135
What is sacrificial giving?p. 137
Helping the Poor and Spreading the Gospel: Supporting God's Work with God's Wealthp. 141
Are we to blame for people's poverty?p. 143
Does how we help the poor depend on the reasons why they are poor?p. 144
What's our heart condition as we give to the poor?p. 146
What about giving to world evangelism?p. 147
Where should we give first?p. 148
What if we disagree with how the local church uses money?p. 150
What should we look for when giving to a ministry?p. 151
Wisely Handling God's Money and Possessions
Discipleship: Choosing a Strategic Lifestylep. 155
Do we have a right to own land and possessions?p. 155
Should we go out, leaving possessions behind, or stay home and support others?p. 158
What is expected of both goers and stayers?p. 160
How much can we safely keep?p. 161
What's the difference between a simple lifestyle and a strategic one?p. 162
Is it all right to own certain possessions for personal enjoyment?p. 163
Debt: Finding Freedom and Wisdomp. 165
Why is the topic of debt so important?p. 165
Why should debt usually be avoided?p. 167
What else does the Bible say about debt?p. 168
What should we ask ourselves before going into debt?p. 170
What do wise money managers understand about spending and debt?p. 173
Questions and Answers about Debtp. 179
What about borrowing to buy a house?p. 180
Should we have and use credit cards?p. 182
Should we pay off all debts before giving money to God?p. 184
How can we get out of debt?p. 185
Preparing for the Future: Savings Accounts and Retirement Fundsp. 189
Why is the topic of saving important?p. 189
Is saving ever wrong?p. 191
How can we approach saving with biblical balance?p. 193
Is retirement biblical, and how much money is enough?p. 196
Is anything "hands off" to God?p. 197
Looking for Returns: Gambling and Investingp. 201
Is gambling okay?p. 201
How does investing differ from gambling?p. 203
Can we be wiser about where we invest God's money?p. 203
Have you received and heeded wise counsel before investing?p. 205
Inheritance or Heritage: What to Leave Behind and What to Send Aheadp. 207
What's different about inheritances in our culture?p. 207
Is it really God's money, or does it belong to our children?p. 211
What's the difference between giving money now and leaving it to good causes when we die?p. 213
Passing the Baton of Wise Stewardship
In the Family: Teaching Children How to Manage God's Money and Possessionsp. 219
How can we help children connect money with work?p. 221
How can we teach children to save?p. 222
How can we help children become generous givers?p. 223
How can we help young children handle money?p. 225
What can families do together to learn good stewardship?p. 226
How can we teach children self-control?p. 227
How can we help children develop good spending habits?p. 228
How can we help children learn greater responsibility?p. 228
Should we help children learn the hard way?p. 229
How can we help children learn to share their possessions?p. 230
How can we help children become thankful?p. 231
How can we leave a legacy of godly stewardship?p. 232
In the Church: Cultivating a Culture of Stewardship and Givingp. 233
How do we teach others about stewardship and giving?p. 233
What resources are available to help people become wiser stewards?p. 234
Is there a right time and place to tell our stewardship and giving stories?p. 237
What can we do now to prepare ourselves for our coming job evaluation?p. 240
Conclusion: Money Management and an Eternal Investment Mentalityp. 241
Have you transferred the title deed to God?p. 241
Has God strategically entrusted his assets to you for this time and place?p. 244
What is the spiritual gift of giving, and who has it?p. 245
Are we in danger of overemphasizing giving?p. 246
How seriously will we take what Jesus said?p. 248
What Will You Do Now?p. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
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