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Section XIII — The use of money

Date ________ AH-SG 40.1

A. Read pages 367-398. AH-SG 40.2

B. Check your knowledge: AH-SG 40.3

1. What lies at the foundation of business integrity and true success? (367:1.)

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2. Of what does the recording angel take a record in connection with our offerings? (368:3.)

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3. What plan will be a safeguard against the temptation to spend for needless things? (368, 369.)

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4. What will the habit of giving counteract? (370:4.)

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5. Underline the word or words in brackets that give the correct sense in this quotation: “[Fathers, mothers, children, all] should learn how to keep accounts.” (374:4.) AH-SG 40.8

6. Underline the correct word or words: “Habits of [economy, industry, sobriety] are a better portion for your children than a rich dowry.” (375:1.) AH-SG 40.9

7. Underline the correct word or words: “Do not educate your children to think that your love for them must be expressed by indulgence of their [pride, extravagance, love of display].” (376, 377.) AH-SG 40.10

8. Underline the correct word or words: “God does not require that His people should deprive themselves of that which is really necessary for their health and comfort, but He does not approve of [wantonness, extravagance, display].” (379:3.) AH-SG 40.11

9. To what should our people be educated? (373:2.)

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10. How did Christ teach a lesson in economy? (381:1.)

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11. Complete: “They are always careful to keep their ________________ within their _______________.” (385:1.) AH-SG 40.14

12. Who is more likely to appreciate his advantages most, the child who works his way through college or the one who goes at another’s expense? (387:3.)

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13. In what way can a child who lives out of the city learn valuable lessons in finance and giving to God’s cause? (388:1.)

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14. When should the habit of paying tithe and giving offerings begin? (389:1.)

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15. Which book of the Bible has an abundance of counsel for businessmen? (391:1.)

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16. Which commandment in particular applies to business dealings? (392:1.)

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17. Complete: “Abstracting and using money for any purpose, before it is earned, is a ___________” (392:6.) AH-SG 40.20

18. Complete: “Take care of the ____________, and the ___________________ will take care of themselves.” (393:5.) AH-SG 41.1

19. Complete: “Had Brother and Sister B been ___________ ____________________, denying themselves, they could ere this have had a home of their own.” (395:1.) AH-SG 41.2

20. Complete: “Every week a portion of your wages should be ___________________ and in no case touched unless suffering actual want, or to render back to the Giver in offerings to God.” (396:0.) AH-SG 41.3

C. Rate your business ability: AH-SG 41.4

Excellent ____ Good _____Fair _____Poor________ AH-SG 41.5

1. What business qualifications have you mastered? __________ ___________________________________________________ AH-SG 41.6

2. Where do you need to improve? ___________________________________________________________________________ AH-SG 41.7

D. Discuss with others: AH-SG 41.8

1. True or false:
a. Our temporal blessings are given us in trust, to prove whether we can be entrusted with eternal riches. (367:3.)
b. In the judgment we shall have to meet the record of the way we use God’s money. (368:1.)
c. Before the earnings are consumed, God’s portion should be taken out and presented to Him. (369:2.)
d. We should be ready to render immediate assistance to those who are under a severe pressure. (370:1.)
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2. Which is better, to own one’s home or to rent?

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3. What are justifiable and unjustifiable ways of spending the family income?

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4. How does the story of the gathering of the fragments illustrate the motives and methods of economy for Christian families?

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5. In the training of children in financial matters, check which of these should be taught:
a. Habits of self-control and self-denial. (386:1.)
b. To live for the purpose of serving Jesus. (386:1.)
c. To avoid expensive dress, diet, houses, and furniture, and needless trifles. (386:1; 388:3.)
d. To keep accounts. (386:2.)
e. That father has an inexhaustible supply from which they can draw. (386:3.)
f. Money is a gift entrusted to us to do God’s work. (386:3.)
g. Money that they earn is theirs to do with as they wish. (387:2.)
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6. Do we help our children by keeping them in ignorance of our financial problems?

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7. “Be determined never to incur another debt.” (393:4.)

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8. List the evils resulting from being in debt, and discuss ways of avoiding this situation.

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E. Think on these things: AH-SG 42.5

1. If I continually kept before me the fact that God is the Proprietor and I am His steward, would my spending habits be different from what they now are?

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2. In my endeavor to be economical should the family table be stinted? (377:2.)

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3. Should the wife be compelled to give an account of the way she spends the weekly allowance given her? (378:5.)

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4. What is one cause of many men becoming bankrupt and dishonestly appropriating means? (383:0.)

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5. What is the best legacy a parent can leave his child? (390:1.)

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6. What is a frequent cause of poverty in families? (392:4.)

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7. “Avoid it [debt] as you would the smallpox.” (393:4.)

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F. Name one way you (as the husband, wife, son, daughter) can improve in your use of money.

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