An Open Letter to the Christian Family about Generosity to Our Missionaries

The Christian Family BudgetI (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”

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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Go to God in a Crisis

Step 7 Financial ideas for a CrisisThe earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. Psalms 24:1

One of my favorite movies of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart. Stewart is cast as the super-thrifty, ever-ambitious George Bailey, who has languished in his hometown and made a somewhat unassuming difference in the lives of everyone he knows.

The whole plot of the movie builds to the central crisis where George is in an excruciating financial difficulty in his business. The potential for ruin and scandal are everywhere. George (actually Uncle Billy) has lost $8,000, which was a fortune in the 1940s.

He seeks help from Potter, his arch nemesis in the movie, and is rebuffed. Additionally, he is told that because of his life insurance, he is worth more dead than alive. So he begins to plot a swan dive off a bridge.

In desperation, George even goes as far as praying. Hear his prayer: “God, oh God, dear Father in Heaven. I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and can hear me, show me the way. I am at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God.” Continue reading “Go to God in a Crisis”

Jesus and Money

the-king-and-his-money-cover-1Ever wonder what Jesus had to say about money?

Some say that He spoke as much about money as heaven or hell.  Ever wondered where the Bible verses are located regarding this topic?  We have taken the guess work out of it.  We have identified the key passages in the gospels where Jesus talks about money, uses money to illustrate something or where money intersects strongly with the topic at hand.  Click here to get the study!

Side note: Some of the parables about money are in more than one gospel, so we included it all. You can compare between them for your own edification!

Is Your God Big Enough for Your Money Troubles?

Last night my son exposed me to the biggest star that science has discovered to date. The name of the star is VY Canis Majoris. Before I begin to spew my Astronomical ignorance or steal the thunder from the video we have embedded, let me just say that this star is huge. Even the name, Canis (dog) Majoris (big), implies the girth of this big dog star. The picture shows its size as compared to the earth’s orbit around the sun. I see this and all of a sudden I am struck with the immensity of our God and the finiteness of myself. Our God literally spoke a word and the universe came into play including Canis Majoris. Continue reading “Is Your God Big Enough for Your Money Troubles?”