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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. 

Living and Giving Generously in Light of Eternity

Randy Alcorn answers questions about how to give generously in light of eternity at the Generous Giving 2015 conference in Colorado Springs.

Can my church tithe be given in part as gifts or time instead of money?

Question from a reader:

I have a question about your thoughts on tithing to the church. Let's say for example, that my tithe is $200. Is it wrong to write a check for $100 and then purchase $100 worth of materials or gifts that I believe the church could benefit from? Or give $100 worth of my time for church projects or ministry Our family is not able to go beyond the tithe just yet. Do you find anything glaringly wrong with this?

How can we learn to view giving as a privilege? (video)

Randy Alcorn speaks with pastor Alan Hlavka at Good Shepherd Community Church at the Hearts, Habits & Happiness Conference in 2014. In this video Randy talks about the privilege of giving, especially in light of 2 Corinthians 8.

What does it mean to be God’s money manager? (video)

Randy Alcorn speaks with pastor Alan Hlavka at Good Shepherd Community Church at the Hearts, Habits & Happiness Conference in 2014. In this video Randy talks about giving generously and shares tips for stewarding time. 

What does Acts 20 teach us about the connection between happiness and giving? (video)

Randy Alcorn speaks with pastor Alan Hlavka at Good Shepherd Community Church at the Hearts, Habits & Happiness Conference in 2014. In this video Randy talks about what we can learn about giving from the book of Acts. 

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?

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

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. 

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