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 … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Introducing Rhemedia

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our new blogging platform here at Patheos.com.  We are Rhemedia -- and we develop premium narrative films that explore issues and concepts central to the Christian life, for use in sermons, classes, small groups and family devotionals. Rhemedia launched in 2010.  It's developed 17 films, with another 5 in the pipeline now.  Most of those films have only been shared privately.  We've been building our library.  But for those few films we have allowed to be … [Read more...]


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