The Single Best Piece of Financial Advice I Can Give

Truly enlightened economic gurus will probably make a case against what I'm going to say. Here's the single best piece of financial advice I can give - seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. Seriously. Some young people are being encouraged to choose careers that pay the best and offer the best opportunity for growth in industries that are emerging. Blahh. Instead, I suggest … [Read more...]

Wrestling With Blessings | Thoughts on Success, Luck, Confidence, and Blessing

What does it take to make a great man or woman? How much of a person's success is based on their work ethic, management, and skill? When does self confidence begin to become an attribute that dishonors God? All of these questions have been whirling around in my head lately. As the New Year approaches, I've been forcing myself to review the status of my online business.  I honestly don't … [Read more...]

Rich Young Ruler | Reflections on a Few Interpretive Options

It's really impossible to talk about the Bible and money and not talk about a man commonly known as the Rich Young Ruler.  Wouldn't you feel cheated if you took a Bible class on the Bible and personal finance, and you never at least read that story?  I think for many of us, that this is a pinnacle story.  Within this story, we think there might be some really important lessons for our own … [Read more...]

Treasures in Heaven |The Role of Self in Giving

Even though it’s a very important biblical concept, I don’t often talk about the importance of building up treasures in heaven. Honestly, it’s a topic I don’t really know how to properly address in a way that honors God and promotes generous giving.  For lack of a better word, it just seems off to make your primary reason to give because of what you’ll get. However, as Christians what we … [Read more...]

An Open Discussion About Wealthy Christians | Part II

Today I’m posting the second post on a discussion I had with Paul Williams (from Provident Planning) regarding wealth Christians.  I have attached our email exchanges: My response to Paul Paul, Sorry for the long delay.  Here's my follow up.  Perhaps it is more of a discussion starter than another point. Paul, I think it is clear that we are more in agreement with each … [Read more...]

What Currency is Our Treasures in Heaven?

I was probably in the 6th – 8th grade when the visiting preacher came to our home town. I sat mesmerized as the preacher grabbed a spoon.  You see, growing up in the Churches of Christ we didn’t get a lot of illustrations.  A good sermon would contain 150 different Bible verses.  Occasionally there would be a story or illustration.  But, this was unheard of – a preacher holding a spoon. The … [Read more...]

Developing a Giving Heart | Help! I Have a Calloused Heart

The 10 Day Give is right around the corner (I encourage you to visit the site and join the 10 Day Give). What is the 10 Day Give? It is a collaborative effort from around the web to encourage people to focus on giving over a ten day period. I fully support the effort.  In fact, before last year’s 10 Day Give, I put together a list of 101 Ways To Give: Time, Money, Energy, and … [Read more...]

How Wealth Can Strengthen Your Relationship With God

Almost every day, my wealth causes me to say a little prayer.  The length and the words vary, but here is the essence of my prayer: “God, I thank you for all the ways you have blessed me.  You are an amazing God who has given me much more than I deserve.” Today I wanted to tell you how wealth can strengthen your relationship with God. Wealth is a constant reminder of God’s presence in your … [Read more...]

Hey, God, Where’s My $1,000 Check?

The Christian prosperity gospel.  Some call it the health and wealth gospel.  It is the idea that God’s sole mission is to financially bless you.  I do believe that God wants to bless us, richly.  But, I think those blessings come in many, many forms other than money.  I also believe that he is more important than me and my wants.  When the Bible talks about money it is much more complex then … [Read more...]

The Importance of Attitude for Christian Finances

Christians can do the right things with the wrong attitude and this ultimately makes their actions wrong. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) What these two did was amazing. They gave more than I have ever given on a single occasion.  This couple sold a piece of property and gave a substantial amount to the church. The problem is that they misrepresented the sale price.  They said it … [Read more...]