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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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The Ripple Effect of Our Financial Choices

Who are your financial role models? Which of your relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers motivate you to make smart money moves?
For me, it isn’t the wealthy people I know who live in big homes or drive fancy cars. It isn’t the people who are always the first to own the latest gadgets. It’s the people I know who happily live well within their means.
Actions Speak


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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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