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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Money and Giving

What about Life Insurance?

Padlock security / What about life insurance?Having enough insurance to be responsible is one thing. But playing God by factoring in every conceivable future scenario, and thereby overinsuring, is another.

 

Five Things We Miss If We Don’t Give, Especially to the Needy

“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” (Jeremiah 22:16).If we don’t reach out in our giving, as individuals and as churches, we miss out on a central aspect of biblical teaching: God’s deep concern for the poor and needy. It was said of King Josiah, “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” (Jeremiah 22:16).

The Full Implications of God’s Ownership

Pencil / Illustration of God's OwnershipWhen I’ve taught from 1 Corinthians 6 in a college class, I have asked someone in the front row to lend me his pencil for a moment. When he handed me the pencil, I immediately took it, broke it in half, threw it on the ground and crushed it under my foot. The reaction of the students was shock and disbelief. What right did I have to break someone else’s pencil? 

Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Joy of Giving

Ebenezer Scrooge, the Miser / The Joy of GivingGiving is doing what we were made for: loving God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:36–40). It is a blessed act that leads to joy. A graphic example of this joy is found in Charles Dickens’s classic story A Christmas Carol. I highly recommend you go back and re-read this very powerful story. Nanci and I try to listen to it on audio over the Christmas season.

Depositing This Life in Eternity’s Account

Depositing This Life in Eternity's Account / “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” - C. T. StuddGod keeps records of what we do with his money. At the moment we meet Christ—at our death or his return—all accounts will be frozen, all assets and expenditures opened for the Final Audit. 

Eleven Giving Guidelines to Fight the Pull of Materialism

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).Jesus says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). As long as I still have something, I believe I own it. But when I give it away, I relinquish the control, power, and prestige that come with wealth. At the moment of release, the light turns on. The magic spell is broken. My mind clears, and I recognize God as owner, myself as servant, and other people as intended beneficiaries of what God has entrusted to me.

 

Surviving the Dangers of Prosperity

“Ninety percent of Christians pass the test of adversity, while ninety percent of Christians fail the test of prosperity.” - Josef TsonDwight L. Moody once said, “We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity. For in prosperity, we forget God.” 

Chasing the Wind

King SolomonThe book of Ecclesiastes is the most powerful exposé of materialism ever written. Solomon recounts his attempts to find meaning in pleasure, laughter, alcohol, folly, building projects, and the pursuit of personal interests, as well as in amassing slaves, gold and silver, singers, and a huge harem to fulfill his sexual desires (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11). The more Solomon had, the more he was tempted to indulge. His indulgence led to sin, and his sin brought misery.

 

You Can’t Take It with You

Stack of coinsA sad news story that powerfully illustrates “you can’t take it with you.” Think of how the treasure could have been used to make a short-term and long-term difference in people’s lives. 

The Inspiration behind Managing God’s Money

Managing God's MoneyA couple months ago, I read a review written by David Wills about my book Managing God’s Money. David is a great brother, and the president of the National Christian Foundation, the largest Christian grant-making foundation in the world.

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