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You Are 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 A few [...]

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Thanksgiving Stories

Typically, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with extended family to enjoy food, fellowship, and perhaps some football. But could it also be a time of sharing life-changing stories from those gathered at our tables? When my wife, Jude, and I became parents, we received some unusually helpful advice from our friend, Sibyl Towner. She [...]

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Biblical Approach to Investing

As with most financial topics, there are biblical principles that should guide our investing, but many of the specifics are left to us to figure out, hopefully motivated by a heart to consider how a good steward would invest. To figure out what a biblical approach to investing might look like, think about a spectrum [...]


Fostering Within Our Kids a Heart for Wise Money Management

Helping our kids become wise money managers involves more than simply teaching them what to do. If we want the lessons to stick, we have to get their hearts involved. “Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” – Proverbs 4:23 So many of the messages of our consumer culture are aimed squarely [...]

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How Matt Bell Found Financial Freedom

 “God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.” – 1 Corinthians 7:23 I’ll never forget the day my parents invited me home for a little chat. They had started to sense that all was not well, and they were right. I was in financial trouble—deep trouble. My credit card [...]


What Does Your Investment Do?

I have developed a phrase over the last couple of years composed of two questions; “Does it make sense on paper”? and “Does it make sense on purpose”? I use these questions to describe to a potential church borrower how we generally consider their loan application, but I think the same questions could be posed [...]

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Teaching Children the True Power of Work

I had the most remarkable experience the other day. An arborist I had made an appointment with, called to say he was running early and asked whether that was okay. It was. When I met him, he was the nicest guy, and he was clearly very knowledgeable about trees. He quickly alleviated some concerns my wife and […]

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Stronger Than Fear

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13 […]

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Nobody’s Fool

“Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?” – Proverbs 17:16 No one wants to be thought of as a fool – not on April first, not at any time. The Bible uses that strong term only a handful of times in regard to […]


Who Are You?

Financially speaking, do you know who you are? I realize that most people probably haven’t even thought about their financial identity. Even for those who have, what in the world does it have to do with finding some financial breathing room, getting out of debt, or investing more successfully? Since you’re reading this devotional, I […]

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The Other Side of the Boat

“He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered. He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” – John 21:5-6 Do you have any recurring problems in […]

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May It Be

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 I love the start of a new year. It’s a chance to begin again, to set fresh goals and make new plans for the months ahead. As we make plans for 2023, whether financial or other types, let’s make sure that our plans are God’s plans. We […]


The Heart of Wise Money Management

There’s a popular myth that managing money effectively is about knowledge and behavior. Figure out what to do and then do it. That’s it. Simple. But there’s a crucial factor missing from that equation: The heart. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 Marketers understand that […]

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How To Get Past the Worry

I still remember the first time we took our first child to the pediatrician. There was nothing wrong; it was just a normal first check-up. However, my face must have looked like I was carrying our newborn across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The doctor took one look at me and said, “It’s okay, one […]

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Let it Go

I’ve spent way too much time in recent days feeling very wronged. And by a fellow Christian, no less. Somehow, a firm commitment made a few weeks ago – something that seemed like a miraculous gift from God; something I was extremely hopeful about – went from a couldn’t-have-been-any-clearer “yes,” into a “no.” In response, […]