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80 pages
Oct 2003
Moody Publishers

The ABC's of Handling Money God's Way

by Howard & Bev Dayton

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Chapter 1

The Wish

The children were sad. It was raining and they could not play outside.

“I wish we had a puppy,” Elizabeth said. “A puppy would help to make rainy days fun.”

Elizabeth’s friends, Paul, Juan and Sarah agreed.

Elizabeth’s mother, Mrs. Day, said, “A puppy does sound like fun. But puppies cost money. And then you have to buy a collar, leash and dog food.”

“I did not know puppies cost money,” said Paul with a surprised look on his face.

“Mom, would you help us find ways to earn money?” asked Elizabeth.

“I will help you, if you do something for me,” said Mrs. Day.

“What do you want us to do?” asked Sarah.

Mrs. Day picked up her Bible. She said, “I want you to find out what God says about money.”

Sarah’s eyes grew large. “Does God talk about money?" she asked.

“Yes,” said Mrs. Day smiling. “God loves you. He wants to help you use money in the best way. We will have twelve lessons. In each lesson you will answer some questions. And we will learn a Bible verse.”

“That will be fun!” said the children.

“When can we start?” asked Juan.

“Right now,” answered Mrs. Day. “First, let me tell you about the Bible. It is called the Word of God. Second Timothy 3:16 says the whole Bible was given to us . . . by God and is useful to teach us what is true (LB). Psalm 119:105 tells us, Your word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path. Lights help us see at night. And the Bible helps us see what God wants us to do with money.”

“Do you think we can earn enough money to buy a puppy?” asked Juan.

“I sure do,” said Mrs. Day.

“Look, it stopped raining!” shouted Sarah.

“We have finished lesson one,” said Mrs. Day. “Do you want to play outside now?”

“Yes!” the kids shouted as they ran outside and jumped in a big puddle.

Learn this verse.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NIV)

Answer these Questions.

Read 2 Timothy 3:16.

What does this verse say about the Bible?



Read Hebrews 12:4.

What does this verse say about the Word of God?



Why is the Bible called the Word of God?



Things to do...

What is the name of each coin? How many cents is each coin worth? (see pdf for the illustrations that go with this activity).