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What Will Be Said About You?

Last month, we started looking at a series of messages called, “How to Get What You Really Want” by North Point Community Church Senior Pastor Andy Stanley. The series from January 2017 can be found online here, or you can search for “North Point Community Church” through your podcasts app. Discussion questions are also available.
As a brief recap from Messages 1 & 2, “What do

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The Light of the World

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. – Luke 2:16-18
Years ago, as we rounded the corner toward our home after a tiring

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Our Generous God

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
This one-sentence verse, John 3:16, is the centerpiece of what we call “the good news” or the gospel.  It is foundational to our faith and the classic expression of God’s saving plan for all humankind.  Out of His

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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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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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Labor Pains

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.” – Proverbs 23:4
The many Biblical warnings related to wealth do not mean that the Bible discourages hard work.  To the contrary, we’re told that we are to work with all our heart (Colossians 3:23) and that those who do not provide for their families are “worse than unbelievers” (1 Timothy 5:8).

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What is Enough?

Kyle and Danae, residents of Hillsboro, KS, have begun a new adventure of building a tiny house. Their home will be less than 200 sq/ft, featuring a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and two bedroom lofts. After returning from a 10-month mission and discipleship program with MB Mission, Kyle and Danae sensed God calling them to continue living a fully-surrendered life for him. Through their

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Taking Your Finances From Good to Great: Part Two

Goalsetting. We dream of where we’d like to go in the various areas of life – health, relationships, finances – and then we start creating a plan.
In “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins says that’s the exact wrong path to greatness. The book is a fascinating look at companies that tore away from their pack of competitors to achieve outstanding sustained success. In every case,

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Is Bankruptcy Ever Okay for a Christian?

With many people still struggling to find work, there were more than 1,000,000 personal bankruptcy filings in 2013, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court data.
While bankruptcy’s stigma has weakened in recent years, it is still an especially troubling topic for many Christians. What about the biblical admonition that “The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously” (Psalm 37:21)? Does that make a

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