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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. 

How would you advise pastors to address the topic of giving? (audio)

Randy answers this question during a July 2014 conference call with Kerrick Thomas from Renegade Pastors, an online support network for pastors.

How would you advise pastors to give? (audio)

Randy answers this question during a July 2014 conference call with Kerrick Thomas from Renegade Pastors, an online support network for pastors.

Why does Jesus care how we spend our money? (audio)

Randy answers this question during a July 2014 conference call with Kerrick Thomas from Renegade Pastors, an online support network for pastors.

The parable of the Hidden Treasure, Matthew 13:44 (audio)

Randy answers this question during a July 2014 conference call with Kerrick Thomas from Renegade Pastors, an online support network for pastors.

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.

 

Should church leaders be informed of individual’s giving records?

This is a very hard question that many in and out of church leadership ask. Although there is no explicit biblical position, I believe it is implicit because of at least two New Testament passages. Certainly it's not a precept, and there are Old Testament examples where people did know what other people gave and there was encouragement to follow the sacrificial giving of leaders. On the other hand, there are principles that suggest confidentiality is the wisest course of action.

Would a good steward spend money on a vacation?

Question from a reader:

I am having difficulty understanding the difference between wise and foolish stewardship. Should we give all but the bare essentials, trusting only Jesus to provide?  What about saving for retirement or a family vacation? I have always enjoyed seeing the world God created, and find myself most connected when I can see His work, but want to please him with how I handle my finances.

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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