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Is Fear Messing With Your Finances?

Did you know that the most often repeated commandment in the Bible is “Do not fear”? I was reminded of that when reading Donald Miller’s book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” (a remarkably powerful book about living a better story by proactively co-authoring your life with God). That fact seemed to jump off […]

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‘Much Obliged’

Writer Fulton Oursler had vivid memories of an old woman named Anna who helped care for him as a child. When she sat down to eat she would say, “Much obliged, dear Lord, for my vittles.” Oursler wondered why she thanked God since she would get the food regardless of whether she gave thanks or […]

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What the Bible Teaches About Money – Attitudes

In four recent articles, we looked at what the Bible teaches about our biblical financial identity, purpose, earning, and planning, what the Bible teaches about generosity, what the Bible teaches about saving and investing, and what the Bible teaches about debt and spending. This week, we’re taking a closer look at what the Bible teaches […]

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Generosity

An Irrational Financial Act

Of all the things we can do with money, giving it away seems completely, utterly irrational, doesn’t it? It turns out that generosity is a key component of what it means to use money well. Here are three reasons why. Generosity is Part of Our Design The Bible says we were each made in God’s […]

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I Want The Red One

On a nice summer evening after dinner recently, our two-year-old was in our backyard working a blue Hula-Hoop with a level of skill far beyond her years.  Her face was the very definition of joy. But then it all took a very sudden turn for the worse. Her five-year-old brother had gone into the garage […]

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The Blessing Box

I love the fact that the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving.  It’s so healthy to take some time to remember all that we’re grateful for.  One of the best ideas for doing so was introduced to me by Bob and Jody. But first, a little context. Prioritizing Their Use of Money Perhaps more than any […]

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The Warmth of Winter

As another Chicago winter stretches on, I’ve been longing for spring.  And isn’t that how it is whenever we go through a wintry financial season?  We can’t wait for a better one to begin. In my mid 20’s, I inherited $60,000 from an uncle.  I used the money to create my dream job, a newsletter […]

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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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