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”

Alms Giving Gives the Giver Confidence

Have you ever wondered if your faith is genuine? You may be able to recite all the creeds and your behavior is consistent with what you read in the Bible and the Christian subculture you associate with. But, you are looking for something deeper. Something that reassures your heart as well as your mind. I ran across a passage in 1 John 3 that is both convicting and comforting all at the same time.

17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him 18 little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

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Signs of a Healthy Financial System: Generosity

Warren Buffett is known for his one-liners and one of his most memorable ones is about financial mismanagement. He says, “You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out!” By that I think he means that if you are not managing your finances well, then when you encounter a tough time your vulnerability will be obvious to all. That is why we are so insistent that every family needs a financial spending plan. As we discussed in our previous post two out of three families are just winging it when it comes to their finances. And as Mr. Buffett says time will reveal what we are wearing under the water. Continue reading “Signs of a Healthy Financial System: Generosity”

When should my missionary get a raise?

Have you ever supported someone or some ministry for a long time at the very same amount? When I was on staff with a student ministry we had many families who locked into their $25 a month for 10 plus years. Now don’t get me wrong I appreciated their faithfulness, but someone who is that committed to our ministry has a lot of time, prayer and energy toward seeing us be successful. True partner kinda of folks. And I always wondered why they didn’t consider increasing over time. For some of them I don’t think it every crossed their mind. Now maybe I should have chatted with them about considering raising their support, but I didn’t always. What the point you ask? Continue reading “When should my missionary get a raise?”

God is Generous

One of the things my partner says all the time is that we should be generous because God is generous. I know that to be true but it always strikes me when he says it. God loved the world so much that He gave…

On this Valentines weekend it is a good reminder that our opportunity to be generous to those around us has been modeled by the God who made us. Continue reading “God is Generous”