Is Money on Your Discipleship List?

One of the blessings of my life was coming to Christ in a discipleship culture.  Having grown up just outside the shadows of the church, when I came to Christ on a Sunday evening there were guys ready to help me grow Monday morning. When you grow up unchurched there are so many things that you don’t know.  And that was definitely true of me.

I have such fond memories of sitting in meetings and across the table from spiritual mentors that poured into me.  There are many things that the Scriptures speak about. 

  • How to walk with God.
  • How to minister and love others.
  • How to be a great spouse and parent.
  • How to connect with God’s will for your life in your vocation.
  • How to manage your finances.
  • How to overcome sin in your life.

I learned quickly that God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.  He desires to be Lord of our lives and to give meaning and direction to us.  He is not only interested in saving us from hell, but helping us to experience eternal life right here, right now.  And He allows us to join Him in impacting the world around us.

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Can GOD be Trusted in our Old Age? Psalms 71

The western idea of retirement is an interesting one, and to be honest, it may be one of the weaker ones out there. We are supposed to take care of our kids, our aging parents, needs in our faith communities, and the larger communities that we live in.  At the same time, we are supposed to stockpile enough savings to carry us through 10, 20, or sometimes 30 non-working years referred to as retirement. Additionally, we are    expected to live a long, healthy life, independent of all assistance from our grown children, our church, or our government.

This is the American Dream for retirement, and for some, they have been able to be prepared in this manner. However, for many of us, this is the American Nightmare full of shame, regret, and tremendous pressure.

How we wish we could go back and talk to our 22-year-old self and plead with him or her to put more money aside, but we can’t. To our chagrin, our retirement days can be some of the scariest we have faced. Can God be trusted during these days? Continue reading “Can GOD be Trusted in our Old Age? Psalms 71”

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