Archive | Faith & Finances

Yes, You CAN Get Out of Debt

“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’” – Matthew 5:37 “Yes” is one of the most powerful words in our vocabulary.  I’m not talking about the easy yes spoken to a waiter offering us dessert.  I’m talking about the yes of commitment.  It’s the yes spoken on an altar – “To have […]

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Paid in Full

“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” – 1 Corinthians 7:23 On a recent retreat I had the privilege of serving communion.  Over and over, I looked a brother or sister in Christ in the eye and said, “This represents the body and blood of Jesus, broken and shed for […]

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Remembering Who You Are

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 Some people cry while watching love stories.  I cried while watching a horse story.  Seabiscuit is the true story of a Depression-era racehorse that, along with its owner, trainer, and […]

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TGI…M?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23 More than half of all U.S. workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. That’s the conclusion of a recent Conference Board survey.  And which aspect of their work do you think people are most unhappy […]

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It All Comes Down to This

“No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”  – 1 Corinthians 13:3 (MSG) If February had a theme, it would be, of course, love.  Sure, Valentine’s Day has become a bit commercial, with everything from cakes to multi-carat diamonds available in the shape of a heart, but […]

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May It Be

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 I love the start of a new year.  It’s a chance to begin again, to set fresh goals and make new plans for the months ahead. As we make plans for 2008, whether financial or other types, let’s make sure that our plans are God’s plans. […]

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The Heart of the Matter

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11 In his book, “The Progress Paradox,” writer Gregg Easterbrook tells an extraordinary story of forgiveness. Amy Biehl, an idealistic […]

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The Heart of a Giver

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38 It’s tricky business teaching about giving these days.  Preachers of the prosperity gospel are packing their […]

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“The Best of Things”

“Be joyful in hope.” –Romans 12:12a In the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, prisoner Andy Dufresne demonstrates the power of hope.  Wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife, his hope that the truth would one day come out sustains him. When the truth finally does come out, but a corrupt warden refuses to acknowledge it, Andy […]

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Fifty Years of God and Money

October 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the appearance of “In God We Trust” on U.S. paper currency. The phrase has been on coins since 1864. It became the U.S. motto in 1956 and made its first appearance on U.S. currency the following year. There’s a fascinating history of how the phrase found its way […]

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