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Fair Market Value

What true FMV is and how to bring it back

January 15, 2015 • Benham Brothers

Definition of fair market value - "the price a buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to sell with a clear conscience before God." Today we have taken out the reference to God, thus absolutizing the market itself. The market has become the absolute standard - it governs itself. When this happens it will naturally gravitate towards greed. Why? Because man is naturally sinful and apart from God he's naturally greedy. Case in point - Jacob was the buyer, Esau was the seller. Esau had something of extreme value he didn't want to sell. Jacob wanted what Esau had. Esau wanted what Jacob had (food). We have a market! The buyer, Jacob, sees the seller in a desperate situation and takes full advantage of the situation. Jacob gets the bargain of a lifetime and Esau lost something of extreme value. There's way more to this story than we can go into (Esau despised his birthright). The question is - Would Jacob have taken advantage of Esau if he had an eye toward God as the judge of His actions in this exchange? Jacob loved God and desired a good thing by wanting God's blessing, but He should have let God bring it to him and not grabbed it for himself. In a market apart from God the ends will always justify the means. When greed takes place in the market people cry for order and they begin to critcize the market that nurtured the greed. It's not the market's fault - it's the fact we took out the absolute standard by which we can govern the market. The order people will cry for, when they have rejected God, is man (government)! We see this in America today - a beautiful capitalist system with crazy government oversight because we have rejected the God Who should be governing the market itself.

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.

From Riches to Wealth

Growing wealth from a Biblical perspective • January 22, 2013 • Benham Brothers