Archive | Faith & Finances

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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The Best Offense is a Good Defense

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.” – Ephesians 6:14a In Brave New World, Aldus Huxley’s 1932 novel that envisions the extent to which consumerism could go, people are conditioned from birth to accept predetermined roles. Using “sleep teaching,” speakers underneath babies’ pillows repeatedly broadcast quiet suggestions designed to shape […]

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Independence Day

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31b-32 My wife and I once lived in a home with cracks in its foundation.  Every time it rained I got a knot in my stomach because I knew […]

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Privileged Money Management

“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” – 2 Corinthians 8:3-4 According to American Express, “Membership has its privileges.”  Its copyrighted phrase is designed to […]

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The Wisdom and Foolishness of Saving Money

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” – Proverbs 21:20 Three times during several recent financial workshops with college students I was asked a surprising and refreshing question: Does saving money reflect a lack of faith in God’s provision?  It was […]

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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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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.  […]

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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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