5 Ways to Drive a Stake into the Heart of the Joneses

No, I'm not advocating any type of murder. The Joneses, in case you don't know, are this invisible family that no one knows, but everyone tries to impress. Keeping up with the Joneses is a phrase that refers to buying things simply to maintain an equal status with your neighbors. 5 Ways to Drive a Stake into the Heart of the Joneses 1.  Identify Entitlement for What it is - A Devilish … [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...]

How to Conduct a Spiritual Financial Audit

Looking back and looking forward. That's what I'm doing this week. Why? I look back because I believe God uses events and experiences to help us grow. You'll learn by one of the following two means: From your mistakes From the mistakes of others This means that, as a new year is quickly approaching, the more mistakes we can identify, the better opportunities we'll have to make … [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...]

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...]

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...]