Money can be a blessing or a challenge to our faith. Having wealth, (an abundance of money) presents a subtle temptation to our real faith in God. Underneath wealth is a dependency, which opens the door to fear and greed. On the other hand, poverty (a shortage of money) comes with serious problems too. Inside poverty is a dangerous illusion about money, which breeds covetousness. In each case, the core adversary is the “love of money”.
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Money is eating away at the core of our Christian, moral and American values. It seems that many are succumbing to the money trap. The poor gets poorer while the rich gets greedier. Both ends lead to the love of money. You cannot serve both God and money. The love of money is the root of all evil. God's Word provides an answer. This is the core of the message presented by Pastor Thornton Bell in his thoughtful treatise, The Money Tree - Good and Evil Roots. Using current events, biblical history and specific scripture, Pastor Bell explains the dilemma facing America and some of today's biggest churches. He challenges us to make changes in the attitudes, behavior, faith, and beliefs of society today. Concise, thoughtful and factual, The Money Tree - Good and Evil Roots is an inspirational work for people of all faiths as they walk with God.
Consumers or consumed?
Humans are amazing creatures. We become extensions of what we eat. We think we are devouring it but it actually consumes us. For instance, since our arrival as babies, we have been consuming food. We were made to eat and if we stop eating, we wither away and die. We must take in food, oxygen, and water to sustain our physical bodies. God made us this way and we cannot change it. Likewise, if we absorb more than we need, we can expect some negative consequence to our bodies. Too much sugar causes diabetes to consume us. Too much salt causes high blood pressure to consume us. Smoking causes cancer to consume us. Breathing air is vital for life but too much or too little oxygen at particular air pressures will kill us. The right amount of water is good for us but too little dehydrates us and too much drowns us.
For some unknown reason, the process works the same way with our spirit, mind, body, and soul. Our life constantly absorbs in all dimensions and by design, what we take into our spirit, mind, body, and soul describes us. Jesus said, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God”. If we eat the word of God, it will begin to absorb us. As you will see, this is a good thing. Be serious about what you eat. Eat right and you will become right. Jesus spoke the following about the Word of God consuming us when he said the following:
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Pastor Thornton Bell, Sr.