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Tsunami Stones

March 11, 2011, started out like most other uneventful days along Japan’s northeastern shore, until a magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a massive tsunami that left more than 28,000 people missing or dead.

Surprisingly, there were a handful of villages unscathed because they heeded the warnings of ancient “Tsunami Stones.” Some of the stones are almost 10 feet high and bear the carved warning, “Do not build your home below this point.” A few are more than 500 years old and hundreds were erected along the coast to warn future generations of past devastating tsunamis.

In our time, most Japanese living along the coast ignored these ancient stones left by their ancestors. Instead, they built close to the ocean choosing to trust in modern seawalls and sophisticated technology to protect them.

We are faced with an eerily similar situation in our country with our finances. Jeremiah 6:16 warns us, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you have said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”

 God’s word—the good ancient path—discourages the use of debt. Romans 13:8 says, Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another.” And Proverbs 22:7 adds, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” Our government, many businesses and individuals consider this kind of thinking old fashion and no longer applicable in a sophisticated country that owes $18 trillion of Federal debt and has increased this debt an average of $2.31 billion a day since 2012.

But for each of us, the question we have to answer is simple. Who I am going to trust—God’s eternal word or the invention of today’s economists and politicians? I believe your financial future rests on your answer.

Warmly in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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Top 3 Ways Teens Think They’ll Become Rich

 A survey of young teenagers found that 56% of them believed that they would become rich during their lifetimes. That’s not too surprising, but this is. The top three ways teens thought they’d get rich were by becoming a professional athlete, winning the lottery, or cashing in on a large lawsuit!

Can you believe it? They didn’t even consider the possibility of becoming financially well off through hard work and wise spending. This demonstrates how important it is for us to train children how to handle money God’s way. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Well, how do we train children to wisely handle money? We need to become MVP parents. That’s an acronym. The M stands for Model. The V for Verbal communication and the P stands for Practical Opportunities.

We need to be models of how to handle money because children soak up parental attitudes toward money like a sponge soaks up water. Paul recognized the importance of modeling when he said, Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Then we must, verbally tell our children why we handle money the way we do. For instance, share with them that you are getting out of debt because Proverbs 22:7 warns us, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” And finally, we should provide kids practical opportunities to apply what they are learning.

Well, if you have children, I pray that you’ll become a MVP parent. You can’t start too soon.

The ABC’s of handling money and the Secret of Handling money God’s way are great tools for parents. They each have a workbook for the child and a practical leaders guide for the parents. You can find them here- http://bit.ly/1BKiiI3

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