Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

This Week In Christian Personal Finance

Christian Personal Finance News for the Week of September 26, 2010
Dave Ramsey
  • Should Ministers Opt Out Of Social Security? I've heard Dave answer this question fairly regularly on his radio program, but here's an article from this week that outlines all the details for ministers who are considering opting out of Social Security.
Crown Financial Ministries
  • Becoming a Better Saver. In the MoneyLife radio program on Wednesday, September 29, host Chuck Bentley discusses strategies to become a better saver. Follow the link to see a listing of tips to become a better saver as well as links for resources mentioned in the program.

Blog Posts

Many of the Christian personal finance bloggers wrote some great posts on giving this week! I imagine this was due to the 10 Day Give that began on October 1. Here's a few of these giving posts plus a few other great posts.
  • 5 Common Reasons Why Christians Give. Craig Ford wrote a guest post at on five reasons Christians give. In the post, Craig evaluates the merits for each of these five reasons. His conclusion: we should give because we love God. Through giving, we become more Christ-like.
  • Developing a Giving Heart | Help! I Have a Calloused Heart. On his own blog, Craig Ford at Money Help For Christians writes a post on his own personal struggle with giving right now. Craig is brutally honest by stating that his heart has become calloused to giving back to others because of the thankless attitude of those he has given to.
  • Generosity Is Proof of Repentance. Paul Williams wrote a post on Bible Money Matters regarding the proof of repentance: generosity. Paul uses the passage from Luke 3:7-11 where John the Baptist preaches on what true repentance looks like. Note: several months ago, I wrote two posts on the generosity gospel that are very similar to Paul's post. See my related posts below.
  • Is the Tithe Still Relevant? This post over at One Money Design is an excerpt from the Bible Study Dollars and Doctrine written by author Rob Kuban. This is a great reminder for Christians that we should be giving beyond the tithe, not less. Yes, the tithe is still relevant!
  • Are You Storing Up Earthly Treasures? This was a post by Steve Scalici at on the topic of greed and the parable of the rich farmer (Luke 12).  This a great reminder to keep our focus on our relationship with God and to embrace contentment with what God has blessed us with.
  • Finding Happiness in a Miserable World. This is a devotion from the book The Family at Home (1833) by Gorham Abbott posted over at Faithful With A Few. Contentment with our circumstances here on earth and the promise of our eternal inheritance is the secret to finding happiness in a miserable world!
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including my post at Bible Money Matters, Larry! I didn't realize you wrote on the same subject, but I do recall reading it now. I decided to write on it because I've been memorizing Luke and John's instructions to the crowds struck me as significant.