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Going “Over” at Christmas

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to


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The Happiest Uses of Money

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 
~ Matthew 22:36-40
 
If you want to know the


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How Healthy is Your Financial Environment?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~


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Money Lessons from an Old Toy Fire Truck

Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. ~ Proverbs 30:8b-9
I recall some years ago when I took one of our kids’ toy fire trucks to the curb to be


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Is Fear Messing With Your Finances?

Cast all your cares on him, because he cares for you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7
Did you know that the most often repeated commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear”? I was reminded of that when reading Donald Miller’s book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” (a remarkably powerful book about living a better story by proactively co-authoring your life with God).
That fact seemed


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Automating Financial Wisdom

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have a love/hate relationship with financial automation.
On the one hand, automation can be a wonderful help. In our household, we have some of our bills set up as auto-pay—those that cost the same amount every month. For others, I prefer to check


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An Identity Theft Like No Other

Identity theft has become a common crime, impacting millions of people each year. As bad as the problem is, about a hundred years ago, an identity theft took place on a far grander scale.
Everyone’s identity was stolen.
I’m referring to the time in our history when people stopped being referred to as citizens and started being referred to as consumers. Ever since, the consumer identity has


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Will Retirement Change Your Identity?

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. ~ Acts 20:24 NLT
A recent Harvard study found that new retirees often face not only a challenge about how to spend their time, but an identity crisis as well. A


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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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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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