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Activated October 2011

Financial Giving - October 2011

If you are like many millions of others struggling through the global economic downturn, this issue should give you some ideas and hope.
 

01-10-2011
Finding Joy in Giving
Finding Joy in Giving

A few months ago I quoted Philip Yancey saying, in so many words, that Christians don’t have the option of ignoring problems, especially when it is within their power to improve things. Christians are called to make the world a better place.

Fulfilling that obligation is seldom easy or painless, and one thing that often holds us back is our own financial situation. We have only so much money, and it only goes so far. Altruistic intentions come up against all-too-real constraints. We hurt for others, but must we sacrifice to our own hurt? If we did, how far would it...

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01-10-2011
Tap Your Potential
Tap Your Potential

Knowing that I am actively involved in several charitable projects here in India,an acquaintance introduced me to some of his friends from the business community at a party we all attended. They happened to be discussing The Giving Pledge, an initiative headed by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Those three had challenged 400 American billionaires to commit to donating at least 50% of their net worth to charity and social causes in their lifetimes.

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01-10-2011
Extravagant Generosity
Extravagant Generosity

Giving puts us in a healthier relationship with our possessions and with the material world in which we live.We like making money, but we enjoy other things as well, such as the love of our family, belonging to community, a sense of meaning, accomplishment, contribution, and service. We enjoy making a positive difference in the lives of other people. But how do we maintain balance and perspective? How can we appropriately secure the basic needs of food, shelter, education, and health while also living with purpose? How do we avoid too much preoccupation with the things that do not ultimately...

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01-10-2011
Man-2-man with Jesus
Man-2-man with Jesus

Jude: Jesus, a new road lies ahead of me. I’ll soon be moving to a new situation, making new friends, doing new things, and probably making new mistakes. I’m essentially starting a new life for myself and my family. The immediate future worries me. I have questions, and I need some specific answers.

Jesus: Ask away.

Jude: It says in Your Word, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”1 How much will I need to rely on You to supply, and how much will I need to rely on good old-fashioned elbow grease?

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01-10-2011
Zarephath
Zarephath

A retelling of 1 Kings 17:8–16

“Have you something for me to eat, something to drink?” the unassuming stranger asked. “I’m weak from hunger and weary from my journey. Please, I beg you.”

My heart reached out to him. I felt the same hunger pains. Zarephath, where I lived, was like wherever this man had come from—in the grip of famine. I too was weak and weary. I too needed someone to rescue me before I perished.

I had almost nothing, and he was asking me to give him what little I had. If I had had only myself to look after,...

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01-10-2011
Payback
Payback

You don’t have to be a millionaire to give what you’ve got. There is not one of God’s children who cannot afford to give something to help others less fortunate. You may think you can’t afford to give, or you may not be able to give a lot at first, but God blesses everybody that gives. If you’re not rich, that’s all the more reason to give, so God can bless you and help you have more. 

God’s finances work the opposite from the world’s. The world says, “When I’ve got my million, then I’ll start giving.” But the Lord says, “Start...

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01-10-2011
5 Pillars of Financial Success
5 Pillars of Financial Success

One thing that makes life stressful and even worrisome at times is a lack of money.That’s when it’s important to remember that God is the source of financial supply. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”1 It’s His to give, and He’s happy to give it. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”2 But no matter how much God wants to help you out, if your...

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01-10-2011
Vanessa’s Angels
Vanessa’s Angels

The sun was slipping below the horizon as I drove up the narrow two-lane road in central Mexico. I glanced at my wife, Amber, sleeping next to me. In the rearview mirror I could see our three daughters—Tory, the brilliant four-year-old; Shelly, who had just turned two and hardly seemed to stop talking; and baby Vanessa. All were also fast asleep. I considered stopping for coffee, but decided against it. Stopping would surely wake everyone up. Plus we were in a race against time. I didn’t mind driving in the evening, when the children were asleep and the vehicle was...

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01-10-2011
Debt-Free Living
Debt-Free Living

Question: I’m having such a hard time keeping to my budget, even though I know that’s the key to staying out of debt. Do you have any tips?

 

Answer: The key to good budgeting is plugging the leaks that drain your resources—and even small leaks will drain you over time. If you’re not already doing the following things, you might want to consider them.

Live within your means. If you use credit cards, pay your monthly balances in full to avoid charges.

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01-10-2011
Christianity and Wealth
Christianity and Wealth

Many Christians today are uncertain about God’s position on wealth, and therefore uncertain about what their attitude toward money should be. Some preach “abundant living”—that wealth is proof of a Christian’s faith and a sign of God’s approval. Others condemn wealth and frown on Christians who amass personal fortunes. People of both persuasions back up their stances with scripture. In actuality, the Bible is more balanced.

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01-10-2011
Money
Money

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.

—Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)

 

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.

—Maya Angelou (b. 1928)

 

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01-10-2011
Put Yourself at the Peak
Put Yourself at the Peak

A group of aging friends spend their summer vacations climbing small mountain ranges. They delight in conquering each peak in turn—no mean feat considering back problems and other ailments that sometimes come with age. It’s a strenuous activity, but glorious vistas make up for aching muscles and exhaustion. If you ask them why they don’t spend their vacations relaxing on a warm beach instead, they will dismiss the idea. They would rather go on their mountain climbs, despite the effort. They say there is nothing like the satisfaction of reaching another summit.

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01-10-2011
How to Be Happy When Times Are Tough
How to Be Happy When Times Are Tough

When money is scarce, your faith in My ability to supply for you is often tested. You might worry that My promises aren’t true, that I won’t supply for you as I said I would. But I will come through for you. Sometimes I answer immediately, but other times it takes awhile.

Many factors affect My ability to answer your prayers and provide for you, including the choices that you and others make, and sometimes you and I both have to wait till all the conditions are right.

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