4 Christ-Honoring Reasons You May Need to Give Less

I sometimes get emails from people who give that I don't think should be giving. Somewhere along the way, they've been taught that the way to deal with a huge debt load or a loss of a job is to start giving away crazy amounts of money. I'll say upfront that I think this is an irresponsible action for Christians because not all giving in all situations honors God.  Yes, there is a place for … [Read more...]

Graduated Tithe to the Rescue | How it Helps to Curb Your Desire for More

Early into my blogging adventure, I discovered two elements that I felt were important characteristics of Money Help for Christians: The journey - I intentionally positioned myself as a person experimenting, exploring, and searching for answers within the field of Christian finances.  I'm still clearly on the journey, though thankfully many things are clearer to me now than they were three … [Read more...]

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...]

Are You Motivated by these 4 Wrong Motives to Give?

Giving is good, right? Perhaps. Deciding if something is good or not cannot be measured by externals. Instead, it must be measured by motives. The 'what are you doing' question doesn't get to the real heart of the issue. However, when we start to ask 'why are you doing it', we'll start making progress. Four Wrong Motives to Give 1. Giving Our of Fear or Guilt Have you ever seen … [Read more...]

2011 Goals Review, 2012 Plans, My New Ministry as a Missional Entrepreneur

At the start of 2011, I shared three big goals. They are as follows: Goal #1: By Dec. 2011, I wanted to average as much income online as I did from my full-time job. Less than two weeks later I followed up with a post that said this was a bad goal. Why? The priority should have been honoring God and helping people. If God allowed me to support my family from my online work, then it was for … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]