Does Your Christmas Giving Come But Once a Year?

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Christmas is coming!We’re entering the time of the year when generosity is in vogue.  The holidays seem to put our focus on giving. We visit soup kitchens on Thanksgiving Day and shower our loved ones with lavish gifts on Christmas morn.  Year-end gifts boost the funds of charities. Everyone feels good about their good deeds for the year.But for Christians, shouldn’t this season be different? The Christmas Bandwagon Am I saying we shouldn’t jump on the bandwagon of giving?  Not exactly. … [Read more...]

Why No One Is Really Rich

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We hear a lot about the widening gap between the rich and the poor these days. What we often don't think about is that in God’s eyes, no one is really rich. We’re all equally poor. We just convince ourselves that His stuff belongs to us.Consider the convicting message Christ delivered to the infamous church at Laodicea: I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mou … [Read more...]

Why You Have Been Blessed by God

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Make no mistake about it: You have been blessed for a reason.When God pours out his goodness upon us, He has other objectives than your mere happiness. He blesses us so that we may bless others.We could call it the circle of love. God gives to us so we will give to others who will then give praise and glory back to God. In the end, it’s about Him.This cycle of God-induced generosity is clear in God’s covenant words to Abraham in Genesis 12:Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from you … [Read more...]

Why No One Is Ever Truly Giving

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We’re never truly giving.The truth is that whenever we give, we’re always getting something in return.  Generosity is not a zero-sum game, no matter how it may look to us at times.All too often, we think that if we give to someone else we’ll be left with less than what we had before. When we’re giving money, it’s easy to make that case based on what we see remaining in our wallets or bank accounts. When we give of our time, we can measure the opportunity costs for everything else we might … [Read more...]

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...]

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 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...]


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