Ever 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 verses were about the 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 verses that talk about areas where money intersects strongly. Click here to get the study!
Sidenote: some of the parables about money are more than one gospel so we included it all.. you can compare between them to see if there are significant difference!
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!
You may not believe this but missionaries are not assuming that you are going to give to their ministry. They hope you might. But honestly, they have no idea where God is going to send the money from. All they can do is meet with folks, share their vision and wait to see what happens. They don’t think less of you or judge you. They just want you to consider their option. Earlier I wrote an article entitle Why would I say no to a Missionary where we addressed the great opportunity to be involved as a financial and prayer partner with ministries around the world. But the reality is that the Lord will not lead us to support every cause we are exposed to. He knows and we know that we have limited resources and must be strategic with the giving money we are stewarding. Continue reading “What Should I do if I don’t Feel Led to Give to a Missionary?”
I had a world changing meeting at Cracker Barrell this morning. I had the privilege to sit down with a young couple committed to reaching college students for Christ. Their story was like many other missionaries. God has called them to make a difference 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. The answer is yes. It is always yes. Why would I say no to a missionary? Old kingdom guys like me are praying for young kingdom guys like them to take up the torch to do the work of the kingdom. Continue reading “Why Would I Say No to a Missionary?”
by Tim Howington
Can I Trust Him?
The long and the short of it is simply an issue of trust. Can you and I trust God? Can you trust Him to make all things work out for good in your life? This is the essence of the faith walk: trust. Without faith (trust) it is impossible to please Him and faith (trust) is in its very nature a belief in things we cannot see. If you and I must walk by sight we will struggle in the faith walk. And if I am honest, it is at this point that I struggle. Can I trust Him?
My Dad passed away recently and as he was struggling through his last days I saw the fear in his eyes of uncertainty about death. Continue reading “Chapter 9- Can I Trust Him?”
By Tim Howington
Refreshed by Generosity
I don’t think she even understood how desperate our plight had become. Not just in terms of money but more importantly morale. Hundreds of prayers seem to be bouncing off the ceiling and as they say in Arkansas “my dauber was in the dirt.” And then the check came. The check from one of our partners is normally $100 a month but this one was $300. I called my buddy to thank him for the extra and he quickly deflected to his wife (whom I haven’t met yet). Seems she felt impressed of the Lord to send some extra money. I live in Arkansas and God led someone in Mississippi to meet a need that I have been petitioning Him about privately. God moved another person to generosity on my behalf. When I talked to my buddy his comment was classic, “don’t thank us, it’s not our money anyway, we just manage the Lord’s money”. I have just been refreshed by generosity.
What does that have to do with managing ourselves in times of financial crisis? Continue reading “Chapter Eight- Refreshed by Generosity”
by Tim Howington
Give Me My Portion
God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. This is the chorus to one of my favorite country songs. The story line of the song is about two guys who meet in a bar and hit it off and talk into the wee hours of the morning about all kinds of things especially how to navigate life. Turns out that one of the guys is a millionaire who ends up cutting his kids out of his will and leaving his fortune to this guy he barely knew. The song goes on to say, “His kids were mad as hell, but me… I’m doing well. God is great beer is good and people are crazy.”
When it comes to inheritances people are indeed crazy. So many families are torn to shreds based on how they respond to the loss of a loved one. In our business of helping families with their finances, we engage with people in their estate planning. Without a good estate plan many a parent has sent their household into a pretty predictable outcome of chaos as the children fight over the stuff. A good will and trust plan helps to define what each child should expect as their portion of the estate.
Have you ever wondered what your portion is as a child of God? Continue reading “Chapter Seven- Give Me My Portion”