Good and Faithful: What It Means to God

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When it comes to being good and faithful stewards of this gift of life, we Christians often get it backwards. We focus on Biblical principles first. Not that Biblical principles are unimportant. Wisdom is essential to living, but not as critical as loving the Source and Giver of all wisdom. It's All About the Relationship Often we’re so busy trying to keep His principles that we neglect the relationship. We become performance-driven rather than love-driven. We conform to a list of rules, but o … [Read more...]

Advice for the New Christian: Grow Where God Planted You

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Why has God planted you where you are?New Christians often presume that a faithful response to Christ’s invitation means they need to enter into some form of “full-time ministry.” In their rush to follow their Lord, they often fail to consider their natural strengths, talents, abilities, connections, or resources.  In other words, what plans might the Master Gardener have to use them as they grow – right where they are?Jesus describes God as a Sower, generously spreading the seed of trans … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Wear a Cape to Be a Generous Hero

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It's true. You don't have to wear a cape to be a hero. That's good news for most of us Christ-followers who prefer to keep a lower profile.But when it comes to following Christ, the Apostle Peter reveals that doing heroic deeds is but the natural next step as we build on our faith.  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious an … [Read more...]

The Secret to Balancing Your Budget

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We all know we probably should prepare a budget and try balancing it. Yet, according to Gallup in a new poll released just last week, only one third of Americans actually prepare a detailed household budget. Even fewer prepare a long-term financial plan outlining their savings and investment goals in detail.It's as if we're missing the secret ingredient, a magical technique that will somehow make it all work.The Church has seen a lot of training on the topic of finances in the last few … [Read more...]

With Apologies to Dave Ramsey – Live Like Jesus

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Yesterday I was contemplating a potential tag-line for the series of films that began with Living Generously, continued with Loving Generously (now complete and available soon), and the final Leading Generously series (under development).  Then it hit me.Dave Ramsey, a Christian financial guru who has helped many people (Christian and otherwise) get out of debt, has a famous maxim: "Live like no one else, so that you can live like no one else."  It's never quite sat right with me.  The point … [Read more...]


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