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  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 6:30 pm on August 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ecclesiastes, love for money, money   

    Love for Money in the Bible 

    Ecclesiastes 5:10-18  He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain: this also is vanity.  (11)  When goods increase, they increase who eat them; and what gain has their owner but to see them with his eyes?  (12)  Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much; but the surfeit of the rich will not let him sleep.  (13)  There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt,  (14)  and those riches were lost in a bad venture; and he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand.  (15)  As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil, which he may carry away in his hand.  (16)  This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go; and what gain has he that he toiled for the wind,  (17)  and spent all his days in darkness and grief, in much vexation and sickness and resentment?  (18)  Behold, what I have seen to be good and to be fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life which God has given him, for this is his lot.

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 4:32 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Money, Wealth, Riches and Poverty 

    You make golden vessels, but Christ himself is starving. You make golden chalices, but fail to offer cups of cold water to the needy. Christ, as a homeless stranger, is wandering around and begging, and instead of receiving Him you make decorations. ~Saint John Chrysostom

    I am yet to see anyone out there who becomes rich as a result of making others rich. It almost seems that the rich become wealthy either by keeping others poor directly or indirectly.

    This is what Scripture says about money and wealth:

    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20 RSV)

    For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:10 RSV)

    You honour the altar at church because the body of Christ rests upon it. But those who are themselves the very body of Christ you treat with contempt and you remain indifferent when you see them perishing. ~Saint John Chrysostom

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 7:29 pm on December 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christian in poverty, , I am a Christian, I am hungry, I am poor, I am rich, I am thirsty, money, poor Christians, poor people   

    Living a life as a Christian in poverty 

    Sébastien-Roch Nicholas de Chamfort once said, “Society comprises two classes: those who have more food than appetite, and those who have more appetite than food.” I believe from experience and observation that poverty is hunger accompanied with inadequate treated water for consumption. It is not having money to buy enough food (whether good and hygienic food is another issue altogether) as Mahatma Gandhi said, “To a man with an empty stomach food is God.”  Poverty can also be the lack of proper houses available for rent at an affordable rate or worst, the lack of shelter itself. Poverty is depending on second-hand clothes because you cannot afford new ones. Poverty can also be the denial of access to quality health services due to your economic and social status. Poverty is not being able to continue schooling, not having a job or the imprisonment of your fundamental privileges not because of political, racial or religious restrictions, rather due to lack of available options in daily living. Poverty in one way or another has impacts on how we participate and interact in our society. As human beings born in liberty in one form or another, we are likely to take certain crucial things for granted such as water, food, clothing just to name a few. This happens because we think they are readily available to our disposal and therefore could be handled in ways that pleases us. I am sorry to say that this careless habits stops at the exposure of poverty and its many impacts in life.

    Before I present some ways I believe we Christians can “live” in poverty without compromising our faith, let us give sincere recognition and appreciation of all the various wonderful things that God has seen us through over the years. St. Paul tells us of how our Lord Jesus Christ emptied himself completely for our sake through his humanity, humility, humiliation and death at the cross, that we might share in His Divine richness: “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthian 8:9 ASV)  One of the focal point of our faith is the Kingdom of God, Heaven. We are warned throughout Sacred Scripture not to lose focus of this. Money is the line that practically divides the rich from the poor.  Again, St. Paul tells us in his epistle to Timothy that, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10 ASV) One may ask, “How do I manage this unfriendly and unfamiliar sudden change in life?” Well, I can only share what my family and I do and hopes it may enlighten you in a way. We always plan ahead and do our best to make good use of the little food that is available to us.  Practically, we do not waste money on junk foods and drinks that one would like to spoil himself with. We cook food that we can eat and we usually do not need to eat three square meals daily. I like to take something light in the morning such as some slice of bread and cocoa drink. I have also trained my body and mind over time in such a way that I can live on two meals daily. I do not eat meat and chicken, only fish. This I believe is a good spiritual exercise as well. It makes me focus more on things of God than the allures of material things such as latest fashion trends and clothing, tech gadgets and unnecessary outings. I am refreshed every time I remember these words of my Lord and Saviour, “Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?” (Matthew 6:25 ASV)  It is very relieving in learning how to live without most of the material things that gives me temporary pleasures. I believe these testing times are great opportunities for me to dig deeper into the awesome things of God and to live a life of prayer.   Finally, I should add that these trying moments are the times to demonstrate your love and care for one another. You and your family/friend can together contribute some money to buy things like bag of rice, etc and share among yourselves.  This I believe is very cost effective. You need each other in these times. I leave you with the words of St. Paul to the church in Philippi, “I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13 ASV) Yes, I believe by God’s grace you can survive and endure these moments too. Thank you.

    PS: I wrote this article to a friend of mine in the year 2009. I am now a full vegetarian, I don’t take fish anymore and many things have changed too :)

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 11:25 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cash, Credit Card, currency, Debit Card, debts, dollars, money   

    Debt and Credit Card Quotes and Sayings 

    To all those suffering from heavy burden of debt, some interesting quotations and sayings for you.

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    Money is just the poor man’s credit card. ~Marshall McLuhan

    Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards. ~Robert Orben

    The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight-of-hand that was ever invented. Banking was conceived in inequity and born in sin… But if you want to continue to be slaves of the bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let the bankers continue to create money and control credit. ~Josiah Charles Stamp

    Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas. ~Earl Wilson

    We must take away the government’s credit card. With limits on both tax revenue and borrowing, the Federal government would finally be forced to get serious about spending cuts. ~Alan Keyes

    The rich are different from you and me because they have more credit. ~John Leonard

    The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor. ~James Howell

    No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more – to be happy and successful – than much money. ~Orison Swett Marden

    A check or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live. ~Jesse Jackson

    Banks introduced the installment plan. The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit card changed the shape of life in the United States. ~Jerzy Kosinski

    I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly. ~Alexander Pope

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 1:58 am on July 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: finance, money, money proverbs, money sayings   

    Thought-provoking Money and Financial Quotes, Sayings and Proverbs 

    A collection of thought-provoking money quotes, sayings and proverbs.

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    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. ~1 Timothy 6:10 KJV

    Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness. ~Henrik Ibsen

    The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. ~Author Unknown

    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian proverb

    When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart. ~John Wesley

    Always borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn’t expect to be paid back. ~Anonymous

    “Your money, or your life.” We know what to do when a burglar makes this demand of us, but not when God does. ~Mignon McLaughlin

    A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. ~Bob Hope

    Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. ~Oliver Wendell

    Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer. ~Author Unknown

    Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~Oscar Wilde

    Those who believe money can do everything are frequently prepared to do everything for money. ~Anonymous

    We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules. ~Buzzie Bavasi

    If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil. ~Henry Fielding

    Do not value money for any more nor any less than its worth; it is a good servant but a bad master. ~Alexandre Dumas fils

    Money often costs too much. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    No amount of money can make others speak well of you behind your back. ~Chinese proverb

    We ought to change the legend on our money from “In God We Trust” to “In Money We Trust.” Because, as a nation, we’ve got far more faith in money these days than we do in God. ~Arthur Hoppe

    He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher

    A happy heart is better than a full purse. ~Italian proverb

    By the time I have money to burn, my fire will have burnt out. ~Anonymous

    Money is much more exciting than anything it buys. ~Mignon McLaughlin

    A penny is a lot of money if you haven’t got a penny. ~Yiddish proverb

    A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. ~W.C. Fields

    The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. ~Author Unknown

    If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. ~Henry Ford

    A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    If small money does not go out, big money will not come in. ~Chinese proverb

    I wish I’d said it first, and I don’t even know who did: The only problems that money can solve are money problems. ~Mignon McLaughlin

    Money is human happiness in the abstract; and so the man who is no longer capable of enjoying such happiness in the concrete, sets his whole heart on money. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

    The little money I have – that is my wealth, but the things I have for which I would not take money, that is my treasure. ~Robert Brault

    If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~Aristotle Onassis

    It frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. ~Groucho Marx

    When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. ~Voltaire

    Public money is like holy water; everyone helps himself to it. ~Italian proverb

    Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells. ~J. Paul Getty

    Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. ~Woody Allen

    The saving man becomes the free man. ~Chinese proverb

    Business is the art of extracting money from another man’s pocket without resorting to violence. ~Max Amsterdam

    It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. ~George Horace Lorimer

    When gold speaks every tongue is silent. ~Italian proverb

    Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life. ~Michael Leboeuf

    There are people who have money and people who are rich. ~Coco Chanel

    He who borrows gets sorrows. ~Turkish proverb

    I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. ~Pablo Picasso

    I cannot afford to waste my time making money. ~Louis Agassiz

    The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. ~Frank Hubbard

    When a man is broke, he can count his friends on his thumb. ~Author Unknown

    Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more. ~Anonymous

    Money can’t buy happiness; it can, however, rent it. ~Anonymous

    He who buys what he does not need steals from himself. ~Anonymous

     
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