Devotional

December 2021

The Cure to Our Consumer Culture

Every day of our lives, we are the unwitting recipients of countless messages designed to foster discontentment. 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. This is especially true this time of year when we should center our […]

November 2021

Make No Little Plans

My family spent a couple of days in Chicago recently. Among the many things I love about Chicago is the city’s park-lined lakefront. It was an important part of urban planner Daniel Burnham’s vision and is today one of his greatest legacies. It stands as a daily embodiment of one of his most famous quotes: […]

October 2021

Are You Financially Awake?

“What does Jesus have against sleep?” One of our kids asked that question several years ago while we were on our way to church on a Sunday morning. In Mark 13, Jesus told His disciples to “keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back…If he comes suddenly, […]

September 2021

The Purpose of Money

Early in my journey of learning about money, I noticed a very odd disconnect. On the one hand, it was obvious that there’s a ton of personal finance advice readily available. Search on any financial question and within seconds you can find answers. And yet, lots of people struggle with money. Why is that? I […]

August 2021

How to Fight Fair About Money

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. – Ephesians 4:29 Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting […]

July 2021 b

Living “The Life That is Truly Life”

A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25 Money is a tough enough topic for a lot of folks, but put the focus on giving and many people get really uncomfortable. So, feeling much like I’m stepping into a lion’s den, I’d like to inch my way into an […]

June 2021

‘I Play Like It’s the Last Day of My Life’

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24 As much as I love the game of golf, I can honestly say that I’ve never read a golf-related article […]

May 2021 c

The Most Powerful Finance Tool

Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring. – Proverbs 11:28 (NLT) If a tool existed that would give you a strong sense of control over your finances and help keep your financial stress low, wouldn’t you use it? If this tool served as a financial road […]

April 2021

How I 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 […]

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). [...]