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The Best Way to Help the Poor

How giving opportunity is better than giving money

February 16, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* Notice who this command is given to - land owners. * It was the responsibility of those who owned the wealth to share it with those who didn’t. * But how? * They were not to “harvest” to the edges of their field. Pay attention to this command. * The command wasn’t for them to harvest all of it and to give a portion aways. * This meant the poor people were supposed to harvest it themselves. * In doing this it put value on WORK. * The best thing the land owner could do, the most charitable thing, was to not give money, but to give OPPORTUNITY! * The principle in Scripture is that if you don’t work you don’t eat. * This is how important work is - it’s God’s original command to us in Exodus 20:9 - Six days you shall work….. * We are supposed to be working people, and our generosity is geared toward giving others work. * And for poor people, you should want to work, not just get handouts. * Work is our way of creating, just like God created in 6 days - He gives us the ability and command to do the same.

Holy Money

Four Principles on How to Deal With Money • August 6, 2020 • Benham Brothers

* If your tithe is holy, then the rest of your money is holy. * Paul is talking about the gospel going to the Gentiles after it went to the Jews. * The Jews were “the firstfruits” of the gospel and were holy, so now the Gentiles are holy as well. * They are all “people.” * But let’s talk about money. * When you give your tithe / first fruits to God, it makes the rest of your money holy. * Holy means - Set Apart / Devoted. * Principles for Holy Money: * It’s Not Yours - stewardship vs ownership. * Stewards have possession for not the rights of ownership. * It’s a tool - tools are used to build things. * We are responsible to build God’s kingdom. * It’s a burden-lifter - making your own money allows you to: * Not be a burden to anyone. * Not be beholden to anyone. * Be a blessing to everyone. * It’s meant to be given - the generous person will always prosper. * When you give to God you “lend” to the Lord (Proverbs 19:17). * Giving apart from a strategy is chaos. * Ex: new apt complex.

Using Your Wealth to Build Health

April 30, 2020 • Benham Brothers

How you handle your money shows God if you can be trusted with spiritual riches. • Vs 11 - it’s a sign. • Jesus used this parable to show us how to use wealth for kingdom purposes. • Vs 1-9 - Rich boss fires unfaithful employee. • Before he got fired he cut deals with each of the boss’ debtors. • This secured his future. • The rich man applauded his ingenuity, but didn’t give his job back. • Making moves today so you will be secure for tomorrow is a good thing! • Jesus used this parable to show the value of making moves today to secure our future in heaven. • Look at the results of the manager’s move: • The debtors got a good deal. • The rich man got paid. • He secured his future. • Skip Moen said Christ’s reference was about “brilliance manifested.” • We don’t need to be brilliant only with worldly wealth. • We need to use our brilliance for the kingdom to: • Bless others (like the debtors). • Bless God (like the rich man). • Secure our future. • QUESTION - In what way can you utilize the same brilliance that made you money to build God’s kingdom? • Vs 9 - Two ways you can use money to make friends: • 1) Give it - be generous. • 2) Invest it - not just in stockis, etc, but to start a biz, create opportunities for others to work.

Peace Over Profit

The path to true prosperity • January 9, 2020 • Benham Brothers

* Vs 6a - Who will bring us prosperity? * This is a big biz guy asking God if his venture will be successful. * Vs 6b - let Your face shine on us. * He recognizes they can’t do it apart from God’s blessing. * Vs 7 - Please make us successful - I will be so happy! * When my biz kills it I will love it! * Vs 8 - But my true happiness doesn’t come from money - it comes from PEACE with GOD! * Even when his biz would be successful he would find his security in God alone, and therefore he would be blessed with PEACE. * David wanted profit - he even asked for it. * But he elevated peace over profit. * The sweetest sleep is done on the pillow of a clean conscience. * Imagine making a 1million dollar sale, but you cheated to make it happen. * How good do you feel? * You elevated profit over peace.