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March 2021 d

The Starting Point for Joy

“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.” – Matthew 25:19 One day, the Master really will return. One habit that will help ensure that we will be found faithful is to ask these questions as we consider various financial decisions: What would a manager of God’s […]

February 2021

The Opportunity to Say Yes

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” – Ephesians 1:7 Generosity is my absolute favorite topic. Many who know me, know this is true. But it wasn’t always the case. There was a time in the not-too-distant […]

January 2021

Gratitude and Service

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:4 Recently, I skimmed quite a few year-end personal finance articles that contained questions designed to help readers take stock of the year. For the most part, they seemed pretty typical. How did your financial […]

November 2020

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 […]

November 2020

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 […]

October 2020

Am I Shepherding My Hope?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 I came across a new phrase that I really like in John Eldredge’s latest book, All Things New  (which I highly recommend). [...]

September 2020

Who Really Owns Your Stuff?

How would you describe your house? What type of car do you own? How much money do you have in your checking account? All of those questions seem normal enough. But wait. Is any of that really yours? My main mentor, Dick Towner of the Good$ense Movement, would encourage workshop participants to walk through their […]

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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, […]

July 2020

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 […]

June 2020

Rest for the Weary

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:27 In December of 2006, as each week brought news of yet another publisher who had decided to take a pass on a book I had poured a year of my life and left a well-paying corporate job to write, […]

May 2020

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 […]

April 2020

Don’t Waste a Crisis

Bob (not his real name) is deathly afraid of flying. Years ago, while on board a plane that was about to leave its gate to taxi toward the runway, he had a panic attack and had to get off the plane. That day, something changed in him. He was so shaken by the experience that […]

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How to Truly Change Your Financial Life

Financially speaking, what are you trying to change? Are you trying to get out of debt? Earn more? Save more? Part of the process will probably involve gaining some new knowledge. And part of it will involve changing behavior. But getting to a better financial place isn’t just about knowledge and behavior. It’s also very […]

February 2020

Money Secrets of the Amish

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) I recently read an unusual stewardship book titled Money Secrets of the Amish. While not written from a spiritual perspective, it was humorous, poignant, and at times, jarring. Here are […]

Jaunary 2020

Danger Ahead

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. — Bilbo Baggins, “The Lord of the Rings” We were made for adventure. Even those of us who work in offices know that to […]