Thirty-five years of business experience will teach a person a thing or two about finances, says Ken Bond, the deacon that oversees benevolence and the ministry that helps people lead a more biblically-sound life, as far as their finances are concerned. This is an important topic for all of us, whether we’re in financially-dire straits or not. The Bible doesn’t skimp on the subject, by some accounts mentioning money, finances and wealth somewhere between 800 and 2000 times. It’s often said that Jesus spoke of and taught about money and possessions more than any other topic. The oft-repeated phrase from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:21) helps direct our attention: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Ken is quick to remind a listener that you don’t have to have decades of business experience to keep your financial house in order, stay out of debt and have less anxiety about money. Ordinary life experiences informed by the Bible can provide what you need. And starting young helps, he adds: “I’ve always tried to live within my means.” But, you say, you’ve got a young family. It’s tough. Ken can sympathize. He and his wife Lorri have nine children, ages 9-32. Ken’s ministry as a deacon is two-fold. First, he is able to connect you with a financially savvy church member who can give counsel concerning your personal money situation. Secondly, he oversees Concern in Action. This is a program administered through the community groups for people who have a one-time financial emergency. If you find yourself in this situation, you may contact your community group leader. Ken describes the community group as the starting point in this process. That’s certainly an apt description and one that finds its origins in the early church, as Paul exhorted the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12: 25-27): “That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” As with everything that the Bible has to teach us, what was good advice thousands of years ago is still valid today.