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Taking Responsibility for Your Finances

One reason that a budget is such a powerful tool for personal finances is that a budget forces a person to take personal responsibility for the money God is sending their way. When personal responsibility is taken, it puts you … Continue reading

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Diligent Hands Bring Wealth

If we don’t develop self control in our spending we will never have the discipline needed to evaluate and take advantage of the opportunities for investment the Lord will bring our way. Likewise, most of us won’t have the cash … Continue reading

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A Good Offense and a Good Defense

Championship sports teams usually have both a good offense and a good defense. Using this analogy, let’s consider your “offense” to be your income and your “defense” to be your spending. Some people do a good job with their defense … Continue reading

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Is a Budget a Good Idea?

With the pound of a gavel following the final vote we had just approved a budget of over 40 million dollars. As I glanced around the room at peoples’ faces, I realized how important it was for every one of … Continue reading

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Give Wisely

I believe we need to give in ways that meet immediate needs but also create personal responsibility and ownership. Jesus himself said the poor will always be with you. There will always be needs which many times are genuine that … Continue reading

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Give to People Taking Initiate and Responsibility

We want to give to people who already have goals and who are pursuing those goals with or without our help. God likes and rewards initiative and personal responsibility. When we take responsibility He can get behind it. When people … Continue reading

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So Why Don’t We Give?

A lot of times we don’t give because we are looking at the circumstances around us instead of looking at God’s word. The scriptures speak to this specifically in Ecclesiastes chapter 11: Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever … Continue reading

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Johnny Appleseed

All this talk about giving brings to mind a traditional American folk hero, Johnny Appleseed. Wherever he went, he sowed apple seeds. We picture him crisscrossing the east coast of the United States in colonial times with a big bag … Continue reading

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Giving Firstfruits

We briefly mentioned in a previous post the importance of giving first. Now let’s take a closer look at what the Bible teaches us about firstfruits giving. A lot of people, including myself in the past, confuse the tithe with … Continue reading

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Money can buy happiness…if you give it away!

An article in Forbes magazine (Sept 12, 2010) by Michael I. Norton was titled…Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness If You Give It Away. He and his colleagues developed a very complex formula to find out how much money it would take … Continue reading

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