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Randy Alcorn's Blog: stewardship

For the follower of Jesus, is generosity optional or mandatory?

For the follower of Jesus, is generosity optional or mandatory?

Generosity is optional in the sense that God gives us the freedom to choose, to do as we wish. It’s mandatory in that Jesus commands it and expects it of us. But I think it’s best to have a paradigm shift, to think of it as pure privilege with incredible rewards, both now and later. 

Should we have and use credit cards?

Should we have and use 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).

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

Scripture 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

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

It’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. 

Where Do We Find the Motivation to Invest Eternally?

Where Do We Find the 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). 

 
John Wesley’s Example of Giving

John Wesley’s Example of Giving

To turn the tide of materialism in the Christian community, we desperately need bold models of kingdom-centered living. 

What about Life Insurance?

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

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

If we don’t reach out in our giving, as individuals and as churches, we miss out on a central aspect of biblical teaching.

The Full Implications of God’s Ownership

The Full Implications of God’s Ownership

When 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. 

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

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

Giving 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. 

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