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t’s hard to predict what nations’  money may need a scriptural realignment,
            economies will look like by the time  and that’s what this issue is all about. It is
        Ithis article goes to print, but “healthy”  indeed time for a financial reset.
        is probably not the word that will be used   In this issue, we will examine money’s
        to describe them. The COVID-19 pandemic   purpose and potential, as well as its use
        is sure to reshape economies and many   and abuse. We will see that  money is a
        other segments of our globe forever. And   tool. Many good things can be done with
        now is probably a better time than ever to   it when used properly. Of course, many
        allow it to reshape our personal financial   destructive things can also be done with
        outlook. Perhaps it’s time for a financial   money when used improperly. A chainsaw
        reset.                               in my hand is likely to be destructive,
          It’s possible that your view of money has   but in the hands of my father-in-law, an
        changed over the past few weeks, as well   incredibly productive and powerful tool.
        as the amount of it you possess. For some,   Some of the following articles show that
        this might be the first time that financial   money  can  be  a  trap.  We  need to be  on
        need has hit you squarely in the face. And   guard not to fall into the destructive snare
        now you are struggling to help someone   of love for money (1Ti 6:9-10). But more
        else because you have nothing yourself.   than anything, money is a test of our values,
        News of organizations and local churches   priorities and character. In our mad pursuit
        providing medical supplies and food in   to “keep up with the Joneses,” how much
        hard-hit areas has been encouraging, but   money have we thrown away, ignoring
        it’s discouraging when you have nothing   (purposefully or ignorantly) the need of
        to personally give to further these critical
        causes. Maybe it’s time for a financial reset.  so many around us?
          Just weeks or months ago it may have   The final test of what we do with our
        been important to be seen wearing the   money is coming. Even for those who
        latest fashions, using the newest phones,   have had little money in this life, the final
        having our children enrolled in the most   personal audit at the Judgment Seat of
        popular schools, driving the nicest cars   Christ will include how we used it. And
        and posting photos of our exotic vacation   for those who had plenty, we should
        destinations. How important does it seem   remember the words of our Lord: “From
        today? Am I the only one feeling convicted   everyone who has been given much, much
        about what I spent on some of these things   will be required” (Luk 12:48 NET).
        when I could have used that money now   So read this issue, along with your Bible,
        to potentially save lives? Our view of  and hit the reset button.

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