Ammons Encourages Biblical View of Money
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University held its annual Willson Lectures chapel service on Wednesday morning with Bruce Ammons serving as the guest speaker. Ammons, author of Conquering Debt God’s Way, offered a biblical world view of money management to those in attendance.
Ammons, a 1985 graduate of Wayland, currently serves as a pastor at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugarland near Houston. He has presented the live Conquering Debt God’s Way seminar at more than 500 churches in 24 states. On Wednesday, he gave students just a glimpse at how to deal with money management and debt.
First, he wanted students to have a strong biblical foundation for money management, understanding that all things come from God and belong to God. He used 1 Chronicles 29 as an example in which David proclaimed that everything belonged to God 15 times in a few short verses. David set the example by giving of his own resources in order to build the temple.
“Whatever [God] has given you, be grateful for it. If He asks for some of it back, give it back,” Ammons said. “Guard against being prideful, even if you do well.”
Ammons encouraged students to be generous as a reminder that everything belongs to God. He encouraged them to set aside part of what they have to help others.
“Establish a generous heart now, with whatever you have,” he said. “If you can establish this truth in your heart now – it all belongs to God – and you’re going to recognize that by taking action, by being generous off the top of everything God gives to you, it is going to set a foundation for your life that will have a ripple effect and continue to change lives years after you’re dead and gone.”
He then gave student a practical application for personal money management. He explained the credit card trap that many young people fall into and how to avoid it by paying credit balances in full every month. Ammons said credit cards aren’t bad if used correctly, but “credit card math” can lead to tremendous debt if one is not careful.
Following the chapel service, Ammons was available for a luncheon question-and-answer session at which time he touched more on personal applications for controlling debt. He explained the credit cycle and how credit scores worked and gave students some practical information on best practices in investing and saving.
The Willson Lecture Series is held each year and was established in 1950 by gifts from Floydada residents James M. and Mavis Willson, successful business persons and active community residents. The Willson’s grandson Blair and his wife Gayle were in attendance on Wednesday.