I (Tim) had a world-changing meeting at Cracker Barrell recently. It was impactful to me because I was privileged to sit down with a young couple committed to reaching college students for Christ. I got to hear about what God is doing as He expands His kingdom in and through these missionaries. Their story is like many other missionaries’. God has called them to spread the gospel in a specific part of our world, and they are in the process of raising their personal support. By that I mean, they are working full time in their ministry and are looking to identify potential financial backers who will give regularly to their ministry. And they were asking me and my family to pray about becoming a financial and prayer partner. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Christian Family about Generosity to Our Missionaries”
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.Continue reading “Is Money on Your Discipleship List?”
“People go through three conversions: the conversion of their head, their heart and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time.” -Martin Luther
In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famed 95 Theses on the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This act of protest would spark the Protestant Reformation. While the content of his concerns were salvific in nature, he went on to teach everything under the sun about living out the Christian life, including the need for us to have a conversion experience related to the way we think about our money. Continue reading “We Need a Reformation of the Pocketbook!”
Our community is awash with spring fundraisers. It seems like the majority of the churches are having spring-break mission trips. All of the the nonprofits are targeting tax-return season. It can be overwhelming, and if you are not careful, you can become a bit jaded or bitter towards the requests or potential requests you are receiving. However, if you have a plan for your finances (specifically your giving dollars), this can be one of the greatest times of the year for you. Giving opportunities, when you have money set aside for giving, are some of the more encouraging uses of your finances. It’s like being a kid in a candy store with a little change!
I heard of a man recently say, “I wish all these kids would stop sending me letters about their mission trips.”
Check out this excerpt from a 1918 book called Money the Acid Test by DAVID McCONAUGHY:
This could be a hidden gem of a book!
Our ministry is a stewardship ministry. That means that we help families and individuals respond well to the truth that God owns all things. Even the name of this blog reflects the drum that we beat on a regular basis. In Psalms 24: 1-2 we see that
The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.