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...]

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...]

Could The Money Lover Please Stand Up

“It is not money that is the root of all evil.  It is the love of money.” Ever heard that phrase?  Ever said it? EVERY TIME I have taught a class on Christians and money, someone has said that or a similar phrase.  They usually say it as early into the class as possible so that everyone can breathe a collective sigh of relief.  This effectively lets everyone off the hook so … [Read more...]

How Much Should Christians Give?

Have you ever wondered … Why does the church want my money? Am I just paying membership dues or something? Does the church need my money just to pay the building maintenance costs or church workers? What does the church do with my money? These initial ponderings lead to some serious reflection: Why should I give? How should I give? How much should I give? Today we will answer … [Read more...]