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 … [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...]

How to Train Yourself to Be Generous

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God is like giant gumball machine. At least it seems that way sometimes. We see the colorful blessings we want behind the rigid plastic. We find the right spot to put in our coin to make the request. And --pop! -- out it comes into our waiting hands. We've been able to train ourselves pretty well to expect to get what we want from God. But we don't seem to be all that eager to train ourselves to be generous with what He gives us. As I study Scripture, I see repeatedly that God is more … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Start Living Generously

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I can hear the dulcet tones of Snow White’s voice now as she twirls with the birds and assorted forest creatures. "Someday my prince will come, someday my – ."  You get the idea. Snow White lived each day hoping that someday, somehow, her dream would come true. Her prince would magically appear. Only then could she fulfill her destiny. That worked in the fairy tale. Sort of. Except for the whole poison apple, sleep-of-death stuff. But we can do the same thing when it comes to … [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 … [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...]


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