The Blessing Journal | How to Be Thankful Even When You’re Not Feeling It

The following is a guest post by Jeri Ford (my lovely wife). What I love about this post is that it openly discusses a struggle we all have - ignoring the blessings of God. Sometimes people write about practices in theory. However, I can vouch for the fact that every night before praying with Jeri she writes in her Blessings Journal. Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Count … [Read more...]

Three Destructive Dangers of the 10% Only Doctrine

There was a time in my life when I gave 10% of everything I earned.  It's what I was taught to do.  I think it is an important stage in learning to give. I'm thankful that I was taught how to give.  I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to learn to give with a cheerful heart.   Still, it can be dangerous if we believe all God ever asks, wants, or requires from us is 10% for the rest of our … [Read more...]

Embracing Missional Frugality

Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term missional. Basically, to be missional is to adopt the stance of a missionary in all you do. There’s a lot of buzz right now (at least back when I was able to keep up with the North American buzz) about the concept of churches becoming missional. The call is for churches to do everything with intentionality in order to reach out to those around … [Read more...]

What Does God Think About the Percentage Budget?

When I first wrote about the graduated tithe, someone commented that God already has a graduated tithe system where we give 10% of our income.  As our income increases, so does our giving.  Also, as our income decreases, so does our giving. But, what say you? The percentage budget says: Your cost of living should increase as your salary increases. Your percentage of giving should never … [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...]