Money Sermon Illustrations

Money Sermon Illustrations

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True Happiness Not in Money

This is illustrated in the history of two kings, Croesus, King of Lydia, born in 590 B.C., had immense wealth and lived luxuriously. He filled his house with all manner of costly treasures. He thought he was the happiest of mortals. Solon, one of the seven wise men of Greece, paid him a visit and was received into a magnificent chamber. Solon showed no surprise or admiration. The king, angry at his indifference, asked Solon, 'Why do you not think me the most truly happy?' Solon replied, 'No man can be esteemed truly happy but he whose happiness God continues to the end of his life.'

Cyrus, noted for his liberality, was a king loved by his people. He was rich but gave much away. 'My treasures,' he said, 'are the hearts and affections of my people.'

(1 Tim. 6. 17-19)

True Wealth Not in Money

Riches are not gold, nor land, estates, nor marts: The only gold worth having is found in human hearts.

(Zech. 4. 2; Luke 12. 33, 34)

Uses of Money

Dug from the mountain-side, washed in the glen,
Servant am I or the master of men;
Steal me, I curse you; earn me, I bless you;
Grasp me and hoard me—a fiend shall possess you;
Live for me, die for me, covet me, take me—
Angel or devil, I am what you make me.

(1 Tim. 6. 9, 10, 17)

In one morning newspaper, I read the following that has to do with money.

1. Jefferson, Texas; a Texan leaves fortune stashed in shoe boxes. Clarence C. Braden, a retired civil engineer, died. A closet in his rented apartment was found stacked with cigar and shoe boxes—all filled with money. There was so much money it required a flatbed truck to haul it to a bank, where counting continued. People who saw it being carted away said the amount could range from $40,000 to $150,000. The money wasn't all Braden left. He owned property, some of oil and gas produc­ing, and reportedly had a big bank account.

Far from being a miser, he sent deserving boys and girls to school, helped the needy, and did so much community work that he was one of Jefferson's foremost citizens.

2. New York: A jury awarded $3,500,000 to John Henry Faulk for false pro-Communist libels which wrecked his radio and television career. He sued Aware, Inc.; one of its directors, Vincent W. Hartnett, and Laurence A. Johnson, operator of a chain of supermarkets in Syracuse, N. Y. Johnson died in a motel before the two and one half month libel trial went to the jury.

The jury deliberating four hours, awarded Faulk one million dollars compensatory damages against all three defendants; and punitive damages of $1,250,000 against Aware and Harnett. The judge had ruled that no punitive damages could be collected from Johnson's estate.

3. Washington, D. C: The kingdom of Sweden paid in full its last remaining debt to the United States government in June, 1962. The payment was made twenty-one years ahead of schedule. The treasury announced that it received from Sweden a payment of $16,217,506.85, which liquidated loans advanced under the postwar Marshall plan for European reconstruction and recovery. The payment included $197,506.85 interest. Under the loan agreement Sweden did not have to pay the debt in full until December 31, 1983.

4. Washington, D. C: The government's cash registers clanged shut at midnight on June 30th on a fiscal year that produced a budget deficit estimated at $7,000,000,000. The outlook for fiscal 1963: another deficit probably of $4,000,000,000 or more.

The government's money men marked the bookkeeping new year amid a chorus of new demands—from labor, businessmen and the floor of the Senate—for immediate tax cuts to bolster the economy.

Walter Reuther urged a ten billion income tax cut effective August 1 and aimed primarily at the lower and middle income brackets. Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers Union, said in Detroit such a slash would boost the economy and avoid worsening unemployment.

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce called for immediate cuts of $5,500,000,000 to $7,500,000,000 - with the emphasis on top personal income tax brackets.

5. Hartford, Connecticut: "Pay TV Worth the Money" is the headline. Television for a fee but without commercials met an enthusiastic reception in the Hartford area. Viewers paid one dollar to see two movies without interruptions in the nation's first large-scale over-the-air test of pay television. The consensus was that it was worth it. Neither film had been shown before on television in this area.

The program consisted of two films Sunrise at Campobello, a dramatization of an epistle in the life of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by a Czechoslovakian puppet company.

With all the mention of money, we should remember God's censure of the love of money: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (I Timothy 6:10).

David said: "Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; for when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him" (Psalm 49:16,17).

Paul wrote: "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out" (I Timothy 6:7).

Solomon said: "There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches" (Proverbs 13:7).

Jesus said: "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:20, 21).

"And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15)

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