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...]

Why Living Generously Gives God the Greatest Glory

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We often emphasize how difficult it is for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus made that point clearly after watching the rich young ruler walk away from an invite to follow Jesus.Christ vividly likened the challenge as that of a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Whether he meant a certain gate in Jerusalem or what we envision as a sharp sewing tool, the bottom line was that his disciples viewed it as pretty impossible as evidence by their stunned reaction: The young … [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...]

What Does a Generous Church Look Like?

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The founder of Rhemedia, Jack Alexander, shared a point with me once that I've never forgotten.  Every church, he said, has a church membership class, and church membership classes often help congregants find ways in which they can serve the church.  That's a perfectly fine thing.  Churches are important and serving the church is good.  But churches ought to have "kingdom citizen" classes too.  When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, the reality into which you are inaugurated is much broader … [Read more...]


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