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Creating a Cycle of Positive, Lasting Financial Change

For far too many people, money is a source of stress or frustration.
Consider these findings from a Federal Reserve survey:

About 46% of U.S. adults said they would be unable to cover a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing the money.
About 31% of non-retired adults reported having no pension or retirement savings at all.
Among respondents with a 401(k) or IRA, 48% said they were


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Why is Managing Money So Difficult?

It happened again just the other day. Someone who appeared to be doing fine asked me for help with his finances. I give him a ton of credit. It’s hard to ask for help.
Even though it’s happened countless times in the 20+ years I’ve been involved in stewardship ministry, it still usually catches me off guard. People who look to be doing great on the


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What Does It Mean To Be a Christian Money Manager?

I was listening to a Christian financial writer and speaker who referenced a Wall Street Journal article that caught my attention. It argued that the recommendations of Christian financial planners are often little different from those of secular planners. It all made me think about what really does distinguish Christians in our approach to money—or what should distinguish us. I mean, shouldn’t our use of


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Common Questions About Biblical Generosity

In last month’s devotional, I described generosity as An Irrational Financial Act, going on to explain why it’s actually essential for anyone who wants to experience simple, meaningful financial success.
With this devotional, I’d like to answer two very common questions about generosity.
#1 How Much to Give
I believe the first principle to follow when deciding how much to give is one that cannot be measured in


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An Irrational Financial Act

Of all the things we can do with money, giving it away seems completely, utterly irrational, doesn’t it? It turns out that generosity is a key component of what it means to use money well. Here are three reasons why.
Generosity is Part of Our Design
The Bible says we were each made in God’s image, and since God is infinitely generous, that means generosity is woven


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Character-Building Privilege

“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22 (NIV)
In Old Testament times, it was essential that parents pass land ownership to their children and grandchildren. Many people were too poor to buy land. With no inheritance, they would end up enslaved or unable to care for their parents and grandparents, who normally


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Put Your Hope in God

For several years we at MB Foundation have anchored our ministry on Paul’s teaching from I Timothy 6:17-19. This short paragraph has a lot to teach us about giving meaning to money, and it includes these words: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant . . . but to put their hope in God.”
The following story reminded me


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Going the Extra Mile

On a weekend trip to Phoenix where I had a chance to do what I love to do: teach a workshop on the practical application of the timeless truths about money, I ended up learning quite a bit as well, including some lessons about going the extra mile from some unlikely sources.
Right after I arrived, I boarded a standing-room-only bus headed for the rental car


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What’s On Your “To-Be” List?

“My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.  Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” – Proverbs 7:1-3
The start of a new year always gets me thinking of what I’d like to change, how I’d like to improve.  It’s


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The Heart of the Matter

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11
In his book, “The Progress Paradox,” writer Gregg Easterbrook tells an extraordinary story of forgiveness.
Amy Biehl, an idealistic white California college student, wins a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to South


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