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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Money and Giving

Should we have and use credit cards?

Credit cards

The ancient book of Proverbs applies directly to our use of credit cards: “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (Proverbs 22:3).

The Misery of Many Lottery Winners: Proof Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Lottery ticketsWhile many people may believe the statement “money can’t buy happiness,” nearly everyone would like to put that theory to test! People will almost always believe wholeheartedly that they would become immensely happy if only they had more money.

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

CashScripture says that “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22). As a result, many Christians defend and justify leaving vast sums of wealth to their children and grandchildren. I think in order to understand the principle behind this verse, we need to compare what an inheritance meant in biblical times, versus what an inheritance means in this culture today. 

Ten Practical Ways to Control Spending and Wisely Manage God’s Money

WalletIt’s not how much money we make, but how we handle it that matters. And it all begins by recognizing the money we’re handling is not our own. 

Four Ways Generosity Benefits Us

Holding cashBy God’s grace, it’s not only others who benefit when we give. Here are just four of the many benefits we receive when we choose generosity.

Hearts, Habits & Happiness

Hearts, Habits & Happiness

Last weekend I attended the three sessions of Randy’s Q & A on the joy of giving at Good Shepherd Community Church. The theme of the conference was aptly named “Hearts, Habits & Happiness.” I’ve never heard messages on giving so infused with joy

Six Reasons to Live More Simply—and Give More Generously

Bible and Coffee on TableSomeone has said, “Live simply that others may simply live.” Of course, there is no automatic relationship between my simple living and someone else being rescued from starvation or reached with the gospel. There is only a relationship if I, in fact, use the resources I have freed up to feed the hungry and reach the lost. 

Where Do We Find the Motivation to Invest Eternally?

Hands holding coins and growth / Motivation to Invest Eternally?Jesus does not say, “Store up for God treasures in heaven”; he said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20, NIV). This may sound selfish, but it is Christ’s command to us, so we should eagerly obey it. Christ’s promise of eternal rewards for our present stewardship choices gives the believer an incentive to do what the Philippian Christians did in giving to Paul’s missionary work—withdrawing funds from their earthly accounts to deposit them into ventures with eternal value.

 

John Wesley’s Example of Giving

John Wesley on Money and Giving

To turn the tide of materialism in the Christian community, we desperately need bold models of kingdom-centered living. Consider the following story about John Wesley (1703-1791).

Field Trip to a Junkyard

Field trip to a garbage dump / photo credit: Julep67 via photopin cc / Corners modified from originalHow can we teach our children the emptiness of materialism in a direct and memorable way? Take them to a garage sale and show them how things that people spent great amounts of money on are now sold for pennies. Or, take them to visit a dump or junkyard. It can actually be a great family event. 

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