Lesson 4: Offerings for Jesus (2 Corinthians 9, Mark 12)

Many years ago I was volunteering my time to do some physical labor for the church. I was young and one of the older members discussed family finances with me. When he learned that my wife and I had our money in a joint bank account he exclaimed, "What if she runs off with your money?" Frankly, that had not previously crossed my mind. I responded that I would be more concerned about losing her than losing money. He was astonished by my response. For him, money took precedence over his wife. That conversation is like our study this week. If my job in writing this lesson is to convince you to make voluntary offerings, then the underlying problem is not money, but your attitude toward God. This week as we study the Bible let's focus more on our attitude toward Jesus!

The Current Quarter’s Bible Studies on Money: Managing for the Master.

Lesson 3
The Tithing Contract
(Genesis 14, Hebrews 7, 1 Corinthians 9)
Last week we discussed that salvation is free, but God presents challenges for us to receive special blessings. We began a discussion about the tithing blessing. This week we do a deep dive into th...
Lesson 2
God’s Covenants With Us
(Matthew 6, Malachi 3, 2 Corinthians 9)
Romans chapter 5 repeatedly refers to our righteousness before God as a gift. In case we were confused about what "gift" means, it is repeatedly referred to as a "free gift." See, e.g. Rom...
Lesson 1
Part of God’s Family
(1 Chronicles 17, Matthew 6 & 25, 1 John 5)
Daniel Pink authored a very popular book named Drive. In it he explored what motivates us. You may be surprised to learn that the answer is not money. Money is important up to the point wh...

Emotional Intelligence

Can the Bible help you get promoted at work? Can the Bible increase your pay? Can the Bible help you keep your job? Improve your marriage? The answer is “Yes!” The Bible teaches principles of “emotional intelligence” that can actually help you to be smarter and get along better. Bruce Cameron, the writer of these Bible studies and a law professor, has published a paper written for lawyers which presents 17 Bible-based rules of emotional intelligence which God gave us to improve our lives. Best of all, Professor Cameron’s paper is free and you do not have to be a lawyer to understand it. To get your free copy, first click on this link. Second, when you see the title of the paper (EI, EI, Oh What an Employee), click on the “One-Click Download” and the paper will download to your computer as a PDF. If you have friends who want to read the paper, have them go to the website and download it as well.