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March 21, 2011


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You pose some insightful questions that many people have pondered. One thing to remember is the Bible says the "Love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." Notice it does not say money is evil. The key is to have proper balence in everything we do in life. You sound like you want to make a difference in the world, to help others, etc. I commend you for that. No matter what your financial means or background anyone can make a difference in the world. Those with greater means have greater responsibility and if used properly can make a greater difference in the world. Look at what Bill Gates has been able to do with all his charitable foundations to aid those in need. Remember some of the greatest hero's of the Bible where men of great wealth. With that wealth they were expected to do good. There is always the temptation to get side tracked but no matter what your financial situation you will have temptation. You can't hide from it. The key is to be content with what you have been blessed with and to always work hard to make a difference in the world. If you keep a biblical perspective on things and strive to honor God in all that you do I believe you will find that just like the parable of the talents that you will be blessed with greater means to help those around you. Just remember that with great blessing comes great responsibility but the Bible says that the Lord will never give you more than you can handle.

Great question.


Regarding faith and business,
I've listened to one of your CDs on Christian thinking and making money. I agree with many of your thoughts and ideas and I'd like to hear more of your thoughts and opinions.

Will my dreams of helping others and staying home with my kids somehow help me fight against the temptation of loving money?
How will I recognize the difference between ambition and greed?

As the CEO of a huge organization, do you face different temptations than before? Does money and choices enable the principalities to assault you any differently or with more zeal than before?

I still struggle with the question, how do we avoid loving money, while fighting for our goals and dreams of becoming financially free and beyond that. The verse below brings more questions than anwsers. I feel like it would be better that I stay poor and learn to be content than to fight the unknown temptations of money, choices, and power, sort of the whole "better to cut off your hand" philosophy.

I suspect that the long hard road to one's God-given dreams allows and enables us to fight back with renewed confidence and self-control, but I want to know and understand it from your perspective or from anyone's perspective that has acheived wealth.

Thank you very much for standing up for what you believe and may God bless you.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 NIV "6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

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