Ok, so we all know the main Bible verse about money: “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” (1 Tim 6:10). In fact, we know it so well that we rarely let it sink in.
If we ponder it for just a brief moment, we would realize that money, though it can be a blessing, can also be one of the most dangerous things in the world. If a person is not careful, it can shipwreck your life.
For this reason, I am very thankful for Jim Newheiser’s recent volume, Money: Seeking God’s Wisdom (P&R, 2019). Jim is director of the biblical counseling program here at RTS Charlotte and brings deep, pastoral, biblical wisdom on this important issue.
Needless to say, in the world of Christian ministry, money issues are often front-and-center in the lives of your congregation. Whether you’re a pastor or a counselor, this book will help you address those issues with compassion and grace.
Another thing I love about this book is that it is in the form of a 31-day devotional. In fact, I plan to work through this volume with my kids in our morning devotionals. It’s a great opportunity to get them thinking about the blessings and pitfalls of money.
Here’s the book description:
Do you have money troubles? Often the underlying issue is not money but the promise of security, possessions, and pleasure that it brings. To lay a strong foundation for true financial success usually involves a change in perspective rather than in income. Biblical counselor Jim Newheiser’s reflection questions and practical exercises, paired with Scripture’s wisdom on financial and work-related topics, point you toward fiscal responsibility on earth and treasure in heaven.
And some great endorsements:
“A timely gift for those who seek to live biblically in a culture that is saturated with the pitfalls of materialism.” —T. Dale Johnson, Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors; Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This devotional points to solid biblical wisdom that will ground readers who feel tossed about by waves of financial woe.” —Curtis Solomon, Director, The Biblical Counseling Coalition
“This wonderful book . . . provides Christians with God’s money wisdom in the most accessible format I have seen.” —James C. Petty, Author, Act of Grace; Executive Director Emeritus, Children’s Jubilee Fund
“I would put the topic of finances within the top five issues that people whom I counsel struggle with. Here, Jim . . . [guides] us in this area of daily tension in our walk with God.” —Stuart W. Scott, Professor of Biblical Counseling, Graduate Program of The Master’s University
You can get the book here. For more on Charlotte’s counseling program, see here.
Max Weber says
Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.
Live simply, without material treasures; skip “insurance”
Resist the “lust of the eye”
4000 year old Chinese wisdom. This is how I live!