4 Reasons Why Short Term Missions is Worth the Cost

In the next few months, we'll likely see another summer surge of short term mission trips. I think that's a good thing. I've even got some money where my mouth is. So, why would I, or should you give your hard earned money to a short term mission trip? 4 Reasons Why I Support Short Term Missions 1. It positively impacts the short term missionary. I can't say for certain, but one of the … [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...]

Free Bible Reading Plan 2012

Over the last three years, I've shared a one-year Bible reading plan with you. I'm going to go ahead and share another one year Bible reading plan, even though I've changed my devotional practice. You can grab your 2012 one-year Bible reading plan by clicking on the link below: [download id="24"] (The Bible reading plan was created using my Logos Libronix Digital Library … [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...]

Rich Young Ruler | Reflections on a Few Interpretive Options

It's really impossible to talk about the Bible and money and not talk about a man commonly known as the Rich Young Ruler.  Wouldn't you feel cheated if you took a Bible class on the Bible and personal finance, and you never at least read that story?  I think for many of us, that this is a pinnacle story.  Within this story, we think there might be some really important lessons for our own … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Dangerous Intersections Where Wealthy Christians May be Tempted

The intersection where money and the human heart meet is a dangerous one. In every town around the world, there are intersections that are identified as the most dangerous.  Those intersections get a lot of attention from law makers as they attempt to find ways to make them safer. While traveling from Rotorua to Auckland, there’s an intersection that has more warning signs than I’ve ever … [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...]

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...]