No Excuses! How to Continue Giving and Get Out of Debt Faster

Last week I offered a challenge to continue giving while you're trying to get out of debt. Today I want to talk about how this doesn't mean that you need to automatically resign yourself to a longer journey out of debt. I guess it might be possible to have your cake and eat it, too. I've been reading the book Decisions: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, so I'd like to use a one … [Read more...]

Should You Give Only When You Have a Cheerful Heart?

While reading the book Prayer by Richard Foster, I realized that my approach to giving is much like his approach to prayer. Regarding prayer Foster writes: The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives – altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. He then goes on to encourage readers to pray where they are (emotionally and … [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...]

What To Do When God Gives Bad Financial Advice

As Christians, we sometimes stand under the Word of God, and sometimes we stand over the Word of God. We are currently hearing two types of financial advice.  The first is coming from financial gurus, and the second comes from the Word of God.  I’m amazed at how often those to bits of advice agree.  However, there are clearly times when the biblical advice differs from the advice of financial … [Read more...]

Six Habits of the Financially Fit

Physical fitness is obvious.  Several years ago when I was on a plane a guy walked onboard.  His arms where massive and muscular.  The extra large T-shirt could barely contain his bulging muscles.  It took me about a quarter of a millisecond to come to the conclusion – this guy must work out – a lot.  We know that there are certain criteria to being physically fit.  The two most obvious factors … [Read more...]