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 23, 2010

This Week In Christian Personal Finance | Week of October 17

Christian Personal Finance News for the Week of October 17, 2010

Dave Ramsey
  • Donald Miller: Living His Story. In the last couple of months, I've become a big fan of Don Miller after reading his books Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles In A Thousand Years. He just has a really cool writing style; a very unique "voice." Anyway, this post is about how Don is taking action with his compassion for fatherless boys. This was Don's own story, being raised by a single mother. He has taken his passion and hurt for these kids and is doing something positive about his past experiences.
  • Great Giving Challenge. Dave is continuing to accept entries for his Great Giving Challenge. Dave and The Lampo Group are looking to select 10 finalists and give them $5,000 each. Then, the 10 finalists are to give away $1,000 for 5 days and video tape their experiences. In order to enter the contest, you must submit a 1-3 minute video of how you would give away the $5,000. Click on the link for more information.
Crown Financial Ministries
  • Putting God's Financial Principles Into Practice. In the MoneyLife radio program on Thursday, October 21, host Chuck Bentley interviews Gail Rudolph. Gail's family survived two layoffs without going deeply into debt through using God's financial principles. 
Blog Posts
  • Are we Managing Money Like Epicureans or Christians? Craig Ford wrote a post at Christianpf.com about an Epicurean philosophy versus a Christian philosophy when it comes to our money. Craig's post is a very thoughtful, interesting look at these two money mindsets by asking the ultimate question, "Do you have a purpose for your money?" This is a must read. Excellent post, Craig!
  • Money and Missions | Does Money Help or Hinder? Craig Ford on his site MoneyHelpForChristians.com wrote a post on the impact of money on missions work. This post is very open-ended and doesn't necessarily answer any questions. I will say, though, that Craig's post is very thought provoking when it comes to how other cultures view the role of money in the lives of North American missionaries.
  • What Is God's Plan For A Christian's Personal Finances? Paul Williams wrote a post for Bible Money Matters on the subject of God's plan for our finances. Paul begins his post by digging deep on what God's Word actually says about money. There are many in the Christian finance world that claim that there are over 2,000 verses in the Bible on the topic of money. Through intense research, Paul claims he could only find about 1,200 verses in 430 Scripture passages. Whether it's 1,200 or 2,000, the Bible still speaks a lot about money! Paul's conclusion: the Bible does not give a step-by-step plan for a Christian's money. Rather, it lays out solid financial principles that if followed gives glory to God. This is what we should aspire to as believers.
  • Church Finance: 5 Rules for Christian Fundraising. Rob Kuban at Dollars and Doctrine wrote a very convicting post for those of us who are involved in ministry and raising money within the context of the church. Rob's conclusion: we would do better if our churches spent more time in prayer seeking God's direction. Then, once we have a clear direction from the Lord, we need to wait on God's provision. Check out Rob's three additional rules. Good word, Rob!
  • Does the Concept of Tithing Make You Angry? Should It? In this post, Rob Kuban over at One Money Design addresses the debate on Old Testament tithing versus New Testament giving. I really like Rob's conclusions on the matter. Essentially, Christians use the legalism of the tithe as an excuse to give far below 10%! I am in complete agreement. We should not be using our freedom in Christ to give less to God and keep more for ourselves.
  • 8 Financial Myths to Discuss with Your Kids. Over at Redeeming Riches, Go Banking Rates wrote a guest post on the challenges parents face when teaching their children about money. Dispelling financial myths such as "money is the root of all evil" and "money doesn't grow on trees" is a great place to start with our children.
  • A most valuable lesson for every Christian to learn - Devotion. Khaleef Crumbley over at Faithful With A Few reprinted a short devotional from the site Grace Gems. The original source is from J. R. Miller's "Devotional Hours with the Bible." This little challenge is a great reminder for us as Christians to live day by day in regard to God's provision for our needs. We have a tendency to get ahead of ourselves and impatient with God. Be content with what God has provided for you this day.
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