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1 T HE 10 C OMMANDMENTS FOR F INANCIAL P EACE (P ART 2)

2 A FFLUENZA Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. NaylorAffluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor Affluenza: (n.) “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”Affluenza: (n.) “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”

3 A FFLUENZA Affluenza: “An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by a dogged pursuit of ‘the American dream.’”Affluenza: “An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by a dogged pursuit of ‘the American dream.’” Average worldwide salary: $580 a month, or $7,000 a yearAverage worldwide salary: $580 a month, or $7,000 a year 1.2 billion people live in “extreme poverty,” on incomes of $ 1.25 day or less1.2 billion people live in “extreme poverty,” on incomes of $ 1.25 day or less

4 A FFLUENZA 90% of the world does not have a car90% of the world does not have a car “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17)“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17)

5 A FFLUENZA Symptoms: Shopping Fever “We have twice as many shopping centers as high schools, and more Americans visit shopping malls each week than go to church”“We have twice as many shopping centers as high schools, and more Americans visit shopping malls each week than go to church” 93% of teenage girls cited “shopping” as their favorite activity. Less than 5% listed “helping others.”93% of teenage girls cited “shopping” as their favorite activity. Less than 5% listed “helping others.”

6 A FFLUENZA Symptoms: Shopping Fever We spend 71% of our 15 trillion dollar economy on consumer goodsWe spend 71% of our 15 trillion dollar economy on consumer goods We spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches than higher educationWe spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches than higher education 10 million Americans classify themselves as shopaholics10 million Americans classify themselves as shopaholics

7 A FFLUENZA Symptoms: A Rash of Bankruptcies We have a higher rate of bankruptcy today than we did during the Great DepressionWe have a higher rate of bankruptcy today than we did during the Great Depression

8 A FFLUENZA Which activity did more Americans do in 1996? A. graduate from college B. declare bankruptcy

9 A FFLUENZA Symptoms: Chronic Ache for Meaning “As a nation, we are depressed, divorced, in debt, overweight, and overwhelmed. We seek solace in food, shopping, and TV; we neglect our health, our families, our communities, and our environment. Child suicide rates have tripled since the 1960’s.”“As a nation, we are depressed, divorced, in debt, overweight, and overwhelmed. We seek solace in food, shopping, and TV; we neglect our health, our families, our communities, and our environment. Child suicide rates have tripled since the 1960’s.”

10 A FFLUENZA Since 1950, Americans alone have used more resources than: A.everyone who ever lived before them B.the combined Third World populations C.the Romans at the height of the Roman Empire D.all of the above

11 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU…” (Hebrews 13:5)Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU…” (Hebrews 13:5) Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (Proverbs 11:28)Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (Proverbs 11:28)

12 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT 5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” 6 so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” (Hebrews 13:5-6) 5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” 6 so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

13 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it. (Proverbs 15:16)Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it. (Proverbs 15:16) 8% of those making $20,000 or less gave at least 10% of their income to churches8% of those making $20,000 or less gave at least 10% of their income to churches 1% of those making $75,000-$99,000 gave 10% of their income to churches1% of those making $75,000-$99,000 gave 10% of their income to churches

14 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT In 1933, at the depth of the Great Depression, per-church member giving was at 3.3%In 1933, at the depth of the Great Depression, per-church member giving was at 3.3% By 2000, after unprecedented prosperity, giving had fallen to 2%By 2000, after unprecedented prosperity, giving had fallen to 2%

15 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT 4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. 5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. (Proverbs 23:4-5) 4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. 5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. (Proverbs 23:4-5)

16 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT Which of the following is comparable to the size of a typical three-car garage? A.a basketball court B.a McDonald’s restaurant C.an “RV” (recreational vehicle) D.the average home in the 1950s

17 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT Americans’ total yearly waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks long enough to: A.wrap around the Earth six times B.reach half-way to the moon C.connect the North and South Poles D.build a bridge between North America and China

18 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT 5 … men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth…suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. (1 Timothy 6:5-6) 5 … men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth…suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. (1 Timothy 6:5-6) “Physical training is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, promising benefits for this life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)“Physical training is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, promising benefits for this life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

19 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. (1 Timothy 6:7)For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. (1 Timothy 6:7) “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart...” (Job 1:21)“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart...” (Job 1:21)

20 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:8-11) 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:8-11)

21 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17)Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17) “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

22 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT The percentage of Americans calling themselves “very happy” reached its highest point in what year? A.1957 B.1967 C.1977 D.1987

23 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT Of the Americans who voluntarily cut back their consumption and simplified their lives, what percent said that they are happier as a result? A. 29 percent B. 42 percent C. 67 percent D. 86 percent

24 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT How much of an average American’s lifetime will be spent (on average) watching television commercials? A. 6 months B. 3 months C. 1 year D. 1.5 years

25 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT The average twelve-year-old in the United States spends 48 hours a week exposed to commercial messagesThe average twelve-year-old in the United States spends 48 hours a week exposed to commercial messages American parents on average spend only 40 minutes a week playing with their childrenAmerican parents on average spend only 40 minutes a week playing with their children

26 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT In 1967, two-thirds of American college students said “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” was very important to them, while fewer than one-third said the same about “making a lot of money.”In 1967, two-thirds of American college students said “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” was very important to them, while fewer than one-third said the same about “making a lot of money.” By 1997, those figures were reversedBy 1997, those figures were reversed

27 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:10-13) 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:10-13)

28 5: Y OU S HALL L EARN T O B E C ONTENT 7 “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9) 7 “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9)

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