The ABC's of Handling Money God's Way

The ABC's of Handling Money God's Way

by Howard Dayton, Bev Dayton

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This world teaches kids that money and possessions are a source of pride and self-worth. Nothing could be farther from biblical truth. The ABC's of Handling Money God's Way is an excellent tool to combat these fallacies and teach children basic principles of working, giving, saving, and spending. This colorful, story-based workbook will engage children ages 5-7 and keep them interested as they learn that God's plan for handling our finances is so much better than the world's way.

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ISBN-13: 9780802431523
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: Leading Young Hearts and Minds to God Series: Susan Horner's Miracles of Creation Ser.
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

HOWARD DAYTON is Co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries®, created by a 2000 merger of Crown Ministries, which he founded in 1985, and Larry Burkett¿s Christian Financial Concepts. Howard¿s books and small-group financial studies have been used by thousands of churches and individuals. He is a former naval officer, restaurateur, and real estate developer.

Howard and his wife, Bev, have been married for over 35 years. They reside in Gainesville, Georgia, and have two married children.

BEVERLY DAYTON, along with her husband Howard, has co-authored books, workbooks, and teacher¿s guides designed to teach children and teenagers to handle money God¿s way. Bev is an accomplished speaker and also owns a home-based business. Howard and Bev have been married for over 35 years, have two married children, Matthew and Danielle, and live in Gainesville, Georgia.

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By Howard and Bev Dayton

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 1998 Crown Ministries, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8024-3152-6

Chapter One

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?


If you do not have a Bible, please get one.

Write your prayer on page 77

Chapter Two

"It's mine! You can't have it," said Paul. He took the ball away from Juan.

"Paul, do you know who owns the ball?" asked Mrs. Day.

"I do. I bought it with my money." said Paul.

"Let's find out who really owns the ball," said Mrs. Day. She called the children together. "Elizabeth, will you read 1 Chronicles 29:11?"

Elizabeth opened her Bible and read, "Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord."

"Does that mean God owns my toys?" asked Sarah. "Does He even own my ball?" asked Paul.

"Let's read more to find out," replied Mrs. Day. She asked Paul to read 1 Corinthians 10:26.

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it," read Paul. "God does own everything, even my ball."

"Now listen to what else God says," Mrs. Day continued. "All the animals of field and forest are mine! The cattle on a thousand hills! And all the birds upon the mountains!" (Psalm 50:10, TLB).

Elizabeth exclaimed, "God even owns all the puppies!"

"Let's pray and ask Him to bring us one," said Juan excitedly.

"That is a good idea, Juan," Mrs. Day replied. Everyone bowed their heads and prayed for a puppy.

"In our next lesson," said Mrs. Day, "we will learn what the Lord wants us to do with our money and our things."

"I know something God wants me to do now", said Paul. "Take God's ball, Juan. You can play with it." Paul handed the ball to Juan.

Learn this verse.

"Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord." (1 Chronicles 29:11, TLB)

Answer these Questions.

Read Psalm 24:1. What does God own? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Read Psalm 50:10-12. List the animals in these verses that God owns. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Things to do ...

Color some of the things in your room that God owns.


Chapter Three

The kids ran into the house as it began to rain.

"Everyone bring your Bible," said Mrs. Day.

"Let's do the next lesson. Paul, please read 1 Corinthians 4:2."

Paul read, "It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. What is a steward?" he asked.

"A steward takes care of someone else's things," replied Mrs. Day. "God owns everything. And we take care of God's things. The verse you read said we are to be faithful. What is a faithful steward?"

"I know, Mom," said Elizabeth. "A faithful steward takes good care of God's things."

"That's right, Elizabeth," replied Mrs. Day. "There was a faithful steward in the Bible. He took good care of animals. When he lived, it rained for 40 days without stopping. Does anyone know His name?"

"Noah," Juan said. "Noah took care of lots of animals in the ark."

"That was a lot of work," groaned Paul. "Think about feeding all those animals."


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Table of Contents

1. The Wish

2. Who Owns the Ball?

3. You are a Steward

4. Working for the Lord

5. Giving

6. Saving

7. The Doll

8. Debt

9. What is Counsel?

10. Honesty

11. Meet Your Best Friend

12. Friends

13. God Hears Me When I Pray

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From the Publisher

Howard and Bev Dayton have years of experience in teaching children God's financial principles.  They understand that children learn most effectively by doing something that interests them.  This book captivates a young person's attention through an intriguing story, and then it gives practical hands-on ways to involve children, as they seek direction from God with the confidence that He delights in being actively involved in their lives.
-Larry Burkett, Founder of Christian Financial Concepts (now Crown Financial Ministries) and best-selling author

There are no two better experts to write on the topic of teaching children in The ABC's of Handling Money God's Way than Howard and Bev Dayton.  They have a lifelong, passionate commitment to helping God's people handle money according to God's plans and purposes.  I recommend this book without reservation.
-Ron Blue, Financial Advisor and best-selling author

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