Missionary Funding and Faith | Should You Get on the Plane With Zero Dollars in Your Pocket?

Over the last century, there have been numerous missionaries who have boarded a plane or boat with insufficient funding. Is that a great step of faith?  Is it an unhealthy testing of God?  Is it a wise, informed decision? This week I visited with a young man who is thinking about working overseas for a few months.  I asked him if he had all the funding he needed, and he brushed off the … [Read more...]

6 Unquestionably Better Things to Get than Money

The acquisition of money is not the goal of all things. Unfortunately, too many of us have been told the lie that the one with the most toys at the end of life wins.  Tragically, some of us believe it and live as if getting money and its related benefits (like status, power, respect, and control) is all that matters. Fortunately, in response to this erroneous concept, Scripture provides … [Read more...]

What Does God Want Us to Learn in Times of Need and Times of Plenty?

I recently read that there are two tools God uses to bring about spiritual maturity. (I can't remember where I read it.) God gives us less than we think we need or deserve. God gives us us more than we think we need or deserve. Of course, this is the assumption behind the prayer in Proverbs 30:8-9. “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: 8Keep falsehood and … [Read more...]

Financial Determinism Vs Reaping What You Sow: Did God Make the Mess or Did You?

We're going to be walking a fine line.  Step too far to one side, and you'll start acting like God makes all things happen regardless of your behavior.  Stray too far to the other side, and you'll start living as if God is absent and the natural laws God put in place are the only signs of his ongoing presence in our lives. On the one hand, God has bailed us out of every hardship and all that we … [Read more...]

MH4C Writers Contest Final Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the MH4C Writers Contest.  I'm thankful to each one of you because you provided some great articles for this audience and you allowed me to enjoy a break from writing. Here are the winners: 5th -10th finishers (in order of posting date, not ranking) Each of these individuals earned $30 for their article entry. The Importance of Having a … [Read more...]

How to Control Your Financial Appetite

This article is part of the MH4C Writers Challenge. I’d like to see which articles you like the most. If you like an article, please take a moment to ‘Like’ it on Facebook, ‘Tweet’ it, or give it a ‘Plus One’ on Google +. (To the right of the title, you’ll see each of those buttons so it should make your job easier.) The winner of the MH4C Writers Challenge is the article that has the most social … [Read more...]

Contentment vs. Happiness

This article is part of the MH4C Writers Challenge. I’d like to see which articles you like the most. If you like an article, please take a moment to ‘Like’ it on Facebook, ‘Tweet’ it, or give it a ‘Plus One’ on Google +. (To the right of the title, you’ll see each of those buttons so it should make your job easier.) The winner of the MH4C Writers Challenge is the article that has the most social … [Read more...]

Spiritual Lessons Learned from Financial Trials

This article is part of the MH4C Writers Challenge. I’d like to see which articles you like the most. If you like an article, please take a moment to ‘Like’ it on Facebook, ‘Tweet’ it, or give it a ‘Plus One’ on Google +. (To the right of the title, you’ll see each of those buttons so it should make your job easier.) The winner of the MH4C Writers Challenge is the article that has the most social … [Read more...]

How to Stop Constantly Chasing After More

This article is part of the MH4C Writers Challenge. I’d like to see which articles you like the most. If you like an article, please take a moment to ‘Like’ it on Facebook, ‘Tweet’ it, or give it a ‘Plus One’ on Google +. (To the right of the title, you’ll see each of those buttons so it should make your job easier.) The winner of the MH4C Writers Challenge is the article that has the most social … [Read more...]

Is Money Maths, Mammon or Motive?

This article is part of the MH4C Writers Challenge. I’d like to see which articles you like the most. If you like an article, please take a moment to ‘Like’ it on Facebook, ‘Tweet’ it, or give it a ‘Plus One’ on Google +. (To the right of the title, you’ll see each of those buttons so it should make your job easier.) The winner of the MH4C Writers Challenge is the article that has the most social … [Read more...]