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Introduction: Managing Your Finances

Whether due to the overall state of the economy or their own mistakes with money, many find themselves mired in debt and worried about their financial future. Where can you turn for practical guidelines to manage your money?

Money makes the world go round, or so it seems. Vast sums change hands every day in a global economy that affects virtually every man, woman and child on the planet. As the world’s economy runs its typical cycles of booming prosperity followed by painful recession, millions of people struggle to survive economically. In a typical economic downturn many lose their jobs, and consumer credit reaches gigantic proportion. Whether caused by the economy or mistakes in managing their money, many find themselves mired in debt and worried about the future. Anxiety about money matters takes an enormous toll on mental and physical health and general well-being.

Regardless of the state of the economy, are there things you can do about money problems? Is there a place you can turn for simple, practical guidelines to help manage your personal finances? Many sources offer various principles and theories about money management. Books and videos assure people they can be financially successful; others tell us we can become millionaires practically overnight.

But do you realize that sound principles are to be found in a resource you probably already own? The Bible offers proven financial advice and economic guidelines. The book of Proverbs alone reveals much about how to manage your personal finances. When we apply the principles we can find in Proverbs, they usually add up to economic success, financial stability and peace of mind.

Jesus Christ talked about freedom from economic want: "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Abundant life includes financial peace of mind. Throughout the Bible we can find specific financial principles and advice that work for our benefit.

This booklet reviews many timeless economic principles from a biblical perspective. It shows us how to manage our financial affairs from a godly point of view. Turn the page to begin an important Bible-based study. You have nothing to lose and much to gain!

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