Lesson 5: Dealing With Debt (Deuteronomy 15 & 28, 1 John 2, Matthew 18)

Over half of Americans say that debt negatively impacts their life. I imagine the same is true for any society which allows easy credit. If there was anything in life that created problems for more than half of the people, that something should be taken seriously. And it is taken seriously by the Bible. The Bible contains an enormous amount of advice on our relationship to money. Part of that relationship is avoiding debt. Sometimes it seems that debt is unavoidable. A medical emergency can create debt. A failed business might create debt. How can a person become a home-owner without taking on debt? Even having a reliable car might require debt. Did you know that God had formal rules for His people and debt? Let's dive into our study of the Bible and learn more about debt!

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

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 ha...
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.