Archive | Faith & Finances

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” – 1 John 3:1a Valentine’s Day is a good reminder to celebrate the people we love.  It’s also a good reminder to celebrate the One who came up with the idea of love in the first […]

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Make No Little Plans

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 As a Chicagoan, I’ve long been drawn to a quote attributed to Daniel Burnham, the visionary city planner who designed Chicago’s beautiful lakefront in the early 1900’s.  He said, “Make […]

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Completing Our Gift List

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
- Matthew 25:40 This time of year the news is full of stories about shopping.  How much will people spend on holiday gifts?  Nearly $800 per person, according to the National Retail Federation.  What […]

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Only One Thing Is Needed

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She […]

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Living With Urgency

“Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” – Job 14:5 Next month will mark the two-year anniversary of my father’s death.  The following month will mark the three-year anniversary of my mother’s death.  Maybe it’s the experience of losing my parents so recently […]

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Labor Pains

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.” – Proverbs 23:4 The many Biblical warnings related to wealth do not mean that the Bible discourages hard work.  To the contrary, we’re told that we are to work with all our heart (Colossians 3:23) and that those who do not […]

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Sharing the Journey

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Are you facing a challenging situation? Are you trying to accomplish a difficult goal? […]

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Money: Let’s Just Be Friends

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
 – 1 Timothy 6:10 This may be the single most misquoted verse in the entire bible. Many people think it says, “Money is the root of […]

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One in Marriage, One in Money

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Ephesians 5:21 When we were dating and for the first few weeks of our engagement, my wife and I hardly ever had disagreements.  Then we went to register for wedding gifts.  We had little idea how dissimilar our tastes were.  Talking with a good friend […]

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