>Watch Out for Those With Calculators!

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The Church: Philip the Calculator

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” –John 6:7

Here in the New Testament was Philip the Calculator–Philip the Mathematician, Philip the Clerk. There was need for a miracle, and Philip set out to calculate the odds. Probably every Christian group has at least one person with a calculator. I have sat on boards for many years, and rarely is there a board without a Philip the Calculator among its members. When you suggest something, out comes the calculator to prove that it cannot be done….

As I say, I have been sitting on these boards for many years, and there are always two kinds of board members: those who can see the miracle and those who can only see their calculators and their strings of calculations….

The people with the calculators have seen the problem, but they have not seen God. They have figured things out, but they have not figured God in.

Philip the Calculator. He can be a dangerous man in the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every suggestion made in the direction of progress gets a negative vote from this man. Faith Beyond Reason, 137-139.

“Lord, deliver us from the control of the calculator. Increase our faith. Amen.” http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1600661203&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1600661203&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

>Seven Principles of Finance for the Believer

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Seven Principles of Finance for the Believer

by Jim & Pam Elliff
One of the most recognizable differences in the believer and the world he lives in is his unusual relationship to money and possessions. However, even serious believers sometimes balk at the seeming extremities in the teaching and lifestyle of Christ and the leaders of the New Testament church. Can we duplicate this New Testament lifestyle in our day?
This outline provides the diligent believer with some key principals preparing him/her for radical, other-worldly financial behavior. Alone, or if married, with your spouse, take some time for reading the Scripture texts and thinking through the obedient thing to do in each area. Then write out what you find. There is only one thing for you to do after this meditation … obey!

  1. The Principle of Non-Attachment
    I will purchase or receive nothing that I cannot give away. And 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. Luke 12:15
    Luke 12:32-34; 16:13-25; 1 John 2:15-17
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  2. The Principle of Liberty
    I will owe no man anything but to love him. Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Rom. 13:8
    Pro. 22:7
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  3. The Principle of Liberality
    I will constantly seek to give away possessions for God’s glory. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. 2 Cor. 8:3-5
    2 Cor. 9:7; Luke 6:38
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  4. The Principle of Recall
    I will keep accurate records of God’s dealings with me financially in order to show others that God answers prayer and provides for His own. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat. 5:16
    Prov. 27:23-27
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  5. The Principle of Security
    I will save and invest only if God is leading, with the understanding that I will give it all away at His slightest instruction. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and dust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up your treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. Mat. 6:19-20
    Prov. 28:8; 1 Tim. 6:9-11
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  6. The Principle of Compassion
    I will not pray for someone’s needs financially unless I am willing to be the instrument God uses to meet that need if He should desire. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:16-18
    James 2:15-17; Luke 6:30, 38; II Cor. 9:6-15; Prov. 28:27
    What must be done to obey these verses?

  7. The Principle of Contentment
    I will be content to live on whatever God chooses to provide, whether little or much. Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:11-13
    Prov. 30:7-9; Matt. 6:24-34; 1 Tim. 6:8
    What must be done to obey these verses?

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