Is the Rich Fool the Modern Day Retiree?

I believe that we all know the story of the 'rich fool' (Luke 12:13-21). A few weeks ago, I was listening to a sermon podcast by John Piper (Let's Be Rich Toward God), and I got the most unpleasant feeling in my stomach.  He correctly noted that the problem with the rich fool was that he stored up riches for himself and was not rich towards God. Part of the issue is the man's approach, … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why Short Term Missions is Worth the Cost

In the next few months, we'll likely see another summer surge of short term mission trips. I think that's a good thing. I've even got some money where my mouth is. So, why would I, or should you give your hard earned money to a short term mission trip? 4 Reasons Why I Support Short Term Missions 1. It positively impacts the short term missionary. I can't say for certain, but one of the … [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...]

How Financial Loss Can Be a Blessing

I, like many of you, seek to interpret experiences in my life through the filter of the Bible to understand what God is doing.  It's a difficult task, even when the Holy Spirit is making up for my many inadequacies. When financial successes or failures come, it is hard to know exactly what God is doing in the midst of them. As you may remember, one of my three goals for this year was to use my … [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...]

When the Righteous Prosper, the City Rejoices

In a competitive, jealous, selfish, sin stained world, we must strive to be people who will cause rejoicing in others when we prosper. When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;  when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Proverbs 11:10 (NIV) Trust me.  There are lots of people who complain at the injustice when certain people prosper.  They are the kinds of people that make others … [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...]

Bible Reading Plan 2011 | Free and Easy to Download

Confession time.  I’m behind on my 2010 Bible reading plan. Tsk. Tsk. To be honest, my trip to North America in the middle of the year threw me off my schedule.  I found it hard getting back in gear, and I’m officially about a month behind. Nevertheless, once I’m done reading the Bible this year, I do plan to rinse and repeat. Reasons to Do an Annual Bible Reading Plan Reading the Bible … [Read more...]

Is There an OT and a NT View of Wealth?

I’ve had this question rattling around in my little noggin, so I wanted some of you smart readers to help me solidify some of my thoughts. Inevitably, when Christians have a discussion regarding Christian wealth, someone will point out all the characters in the Bible who were extremely wealthy.  However, there are a couple of things we need to keep in mind: 1.  Biblical narrative is not a … [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...]