What if God Asked You to Give Away Your Favorite Toy?

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When you were a child, did you have a favorite toy? Was there one that meant more to you than others? Maybe it meant more because a special relative had given it to you. Perhaps the toy meant more because of the memories associated with it. Or maybe it meant more because you had purchased it with your own money.For whatever reason, it became your favorite, one that would be difficult to give away even if God asked.For me, it was baseball cards. The Gift I Gave I know, technically, … [Read more...]

Why We Love to Give but Hate to Love

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Why do you love to give? Let's face it, we can all have some pretty suspicious motives for giving sometimes.For some of us, it's just a tax deduction. For others, it's a sense of satisfaction for ourselves that we're helping somebody else. Still others might give just to look good doing it. [See Can It Ever Be Wrong to Be Generous]When we give money or resources,  no one really knows our motives. It's a lot harder to conceal our motives when we actually have to do something with someone … [Read more...]

Do You Worship Your Next Paycheck?

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We worship what we fear.If it's God, that's a good thing. He should be feared. He's God.But my own faith journey has forced me to ask myself a question that may be helpful for you.Do you worship your next paycheck?Think about this statement: "I don't know where my next paycheck is coming from." Does it strike fear into your soul? Pity? Or joy at the possibility of an amazing opportunity?I found myself making that statement to myself a year ago, because, candidly, there w … [Read more...]

The Secret to Living Generously

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There is a secret to living generously -- but it's not an easy one to embrace.The secret lies in understanding the difference between broke and broken.Being broke means that we don't have money, or at least not as much as we think we need. Broke can be a relative term, of course, as we often hear of celebrities who made millions and are now "broke" as they continue to live in opulence.Being broken is different. Yet it is essential to living generously. You might call it the … [Read more...]

To Give or Not to Give — Is that Your Question?

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Maybe it’s happened to you. You see someone on the street, looking as if life has kicked them around pretty hard. He’s got a cardboard sign summarizing his sad story. She has a haggard look that says more than any sign could. An extended hand, an empty hat, a pained look – all stir within you a desire to give.But should you?What if they’ll simply use your gift to support an addictive habit? What if they’re really scam artists? What if your gift will be squandered? What if _______? … [Read more...]

What Single Act of Kindness Has Most Inspired You?

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It began with only one. It always begins with one.I sat beside a tranquil pond the other day. Planning. Plotting. Dreaming. An occasional fish flipped to the surface splashing after a buzzing bug.The usual summer stuff.And then it began.Somewhere around the edge of that still and stagnant pond, one frog croaked.Just one.It sounded awkward, uncertain. And lonely.But not for long.Over the next few minutes a few more more croaks joined in. Then more. Again. And a … [Read more...]

To All Those Christians Who Want Financial Freedom

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Is financial freedom really all it’s cracked up to be?We hear a lot about it in both secular and religious circles. We go to conferences and watch entire channels that seem devoted to helping us achieve it -- in between commercials. We’re told that we should all be pursuing it. But what is financial freedom?And if we’re thinking biblically, should we want it?I’ve known many Christians who took extreme measures to achieve what they perceived to be financial freedom. They worked mul … [Read more...]

Can It Ever Be Wrong to Be Generous?

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Imagine yourself in church this coming Sunday.The offering container comes your way and you slip in a check with a lot of zeroes -- to the left of the decimal. You sit back with a contented sigh when suddenly the music stops abruptly. You turn your eyes to the stage to see -- Jesus! And he's pointing at you.At first you think He must be pointing you out as an example of being generous, but then your face turns a deep crimson as you realize He's pointing you out as an example of how not … [Read more...]


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