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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. 

Eternity Minded Stewardship and Giving

Concerning money and possessions, the Bible is sometimes extreme, sometimes shocking. When we come to Scripture, it’s for comfort, not for assaults against our worldview, right? Let God talk about love and grace, thank you. Let us talk about money and possessions—then do with them whatever we please.

Were we honest, that’s what many of us would say.

Why don’t you give money to individual missionaries? (audio)

Randy talks about why he doesn't give money to individual missionaries, speaking to a group of CEO's (both secular and Christian).

Why do people say we should not anticipate reward for giving? (audio)

Randy talks about the joy and reward of giving, speaking to a group of CEO's (both secular and Christian).

What are your ethics of donor development? (audio)

Randy talks about the ethics of donor development and fundraising, speaking to a group of CEO's (both secular and Christian).

Red Flags with Ministry Fundraising (audio)

Randy talks about some red flags to watch for with ministry fundraising, speaking to a group of CEO's (both secular and Christian).

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