We Need a Reformation of the Pocketbook!

martin luther 95 thesis“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!”

3 Ways to Purposefully Give Back to the Community

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.”

What??? Continue reading “3 Ways to Purposefully Give Back to the Community”

What Should I do if I don’t Feel Led to Give to a Missionary?

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Don’t give.

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 cause. Earlier I wrote an article entitled “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.  However, 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 money we are stewarding. Continue reading “What Should I do if I don’t Feel Led to Give to a Missionary?”

Why Would I Say No To a Missionary?

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I had a world changing meeting at Cracker Barrel 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 working full time in their ministry and are looking to identify potential financial backers who will give regularly. 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 and do the work of Christ. Continue reading “Why Would I Say No To a Missionary?”

Generosity while Spring Cleaning

spring-cleaningThis is the year that I am going to clean out my garage.  No, really I am!  I say that every year and I piddle at it most of the time but this is the year that I am going to go for it.  I am getting rid of the extra stuff in my house.  I even have a box or two still unopened from when we moved in 13 years ago.  I wonder what’s in there?

So, what do spring cleaning and generosity have to do with one another?  What if you and I used our spring cleaning ritual to finally get rid of that extra stuff?  What if we emptied our homes of the things that we don’t really need?  What if instead of hoarding things, we gave them away?  What if we gave some of our furniture away before it was completely dilapidated?  Or did a hard sift in our burgeoning closets? In our community, there are countless families who would benefit greatly from extra clothes, decent furniture, kitchen appliances, and seldom used sporting equipment. Continue reading “Generosity while Spring Cleaning”