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Giving from Your Treasure (Part 2)

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21(NLT)
[Last month Part 1 helped us answer the question What Are We to Give? This is Part 2, which looks at Where Are We to Give?]
Where to Give
When deciding where to give, the Bible clearly reveals three causes that are important to God where our financial gifts can support His work


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Giving from Your Treasure (Part 1)

Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
[This month and next we will look at 2 questions about Biblical generosity.  Part 1 answers How Much Should I Give?  And Part 2 looks at Where Should I Give?]
Generosity has been described as An Irrational Financial Act, which is actually essential for anyone who wants to experience simple, meaningful financial success.  This devotional


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7 Steps to Prepare Your Finances for COVID-19’s Economic Impact

If you have been hit hard by COVID-19 – by the loss of a job, by the impact of a house full of anxious kids – you’re not alone. 72% of Americans are reporting financial stress.
Like you, so many of us are anxious about what the future holds. With near-constant news of product scarcity, job losses, and economic downturns, hear this: the world is not


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Why Christians Should Talk Openly About Finances

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. ~ Proverbs 12:15
Finances feel like a private matter, and yet they affect so much of our lives and reveal so much about our hearts that I wonder if we should talk more openly about them. Even those who run headfirst into sensitive topics rarely delve into this one!
No matter how close


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The Secret of Real Life

By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life. ~ 1 Timothy 6:19

~ Taking Hold of Real Life is our theme in 2020. We are celebrating those who are experiencing real life and encouraging all of us to do the same. In this devotional from our friends at Generous Church,


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Deliberate Generosity

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  ~ Proverbs 11:24 (NIV)

Christians who have wealth above their basic needs ought to share it with those who have less. Doing so is an act of worship to Christ, and demonstrates trust in Him. ~ Mark Vincent
 
How do you plan for your generosity? Is it a line item in your


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A Powerful Antidote to Our Consumer Culture

Every day of our lives, we are the unwitting recipients of countless messages designed to foster discontentment. And they work really well, convincing us that we need something more in order to be happy. In order to be worthy of love or respect.
According to one study, more than 60 percent of us always have something in mind that we look forward to buying. That’s what makes the


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Are You Financially Healthy? Rate Yourself Using These 9 Qualifications

A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings quantified how many Americans have a healthy lifestyle. Can you guess what number it came up with? Less than three percent!
In order to qualify, a person had to meet four criteria: Moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, a diet score in the top 40 percent on the Healthy Eating Index, body fat of under 20


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Teaching Children to Share, Save, and Spend

Point your kids in the right direction — when they’re old they won’t be lost. Proverbs 22:6 (MSG)
Make “money talk” a priority
If you grew up in a home where your parents didn’t talk about money, it may be difficult to begin the conversation with your own children. But teaching them the basics about budgets, saving, and sharing according to your values will give them a


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New Year’s Resolution – Don’t Be a Stagnant Pool

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
“One always receiving, never giving, is like the stagnant pool, in which whatever flows remains and whatever remains corrupts.” John Angell James (1785-1859) on “Liberality” in A Dictionary of Thoughts, edited by Tryon Edwards (Detroit: Dickerson,


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