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, November 6, 2010

This Week In Christian Personal Finance | Week of October 31

Christian Personal Finance News for the Week of October 31, 2010

Dave Ramsey
  • 4 Groups of People Every Pastor Needs To Talk To About Money. This article was about a recent talk that Jon Acuff gave at the Catalyst 2010 conference. This post was a wonderful reminder for those of us in ministry that people in our churches are typically at 4 different levels when it comes to their finances. They may be in the category of Worried, Watchful, Wise, or Wealthy. Pastors and church leaders need to address the needs of each of these four types.
  • Great Giving Challenge. Voting still continues on videos that people have submitted on how they would give away $1,000 a day for 5 days. Follow the link, and you can have the opportunity to view the videos and vote for your favorites.
Crown Financial Ministries
  • Choosing Godly Leaders. In the MoneyLife radio program on Monday, November 1, host Chuck Bentley gives us the 6 Characteristics of a Godly Leader: one that fears God, honesty in every area of life, a responsible steward, compassion, humility, and respect for life. Chuck makes a compelling argument that when we go to the polls, American Christians should seriously consider voting for leaders who have these important qualities. Our nation has embarked down a path that has serious consequences. We need new leaders that will be better managers of the nation's resources.
  • What Are You Giving God for Christmas? In the MoneyLife radio program on Tuesday, November 2, host Chuck Bentley and Dave Bell discuss the best gift you can give God this Christmas - yourself! This show was a wonderful reminder that Christmas is truly about giving back to Jesus, not everybody else.
Blog Posts
  • The Art of Stewardship for the Self Employed. While this post is not exactly about Christian personal finance, Jonathan Milligan wrote a guest post over at regarding time management, especially for those that are self-employed. This was a great reminder for all employees that we should use our "primetime hours" to take action and our "non-primetime hours" for brainstorming and planning.
  • Should the Poor Give? Craig Ford wrote an interesting post on his blog on the topic of whether or not poor Christians should give. While I may disagree with Craig's approach on his definition of "tithe" and giving, I do applaud his ultimate conclusion that giving is a blessing to God's Kingdom and the giver whether we are rich or poor. The ultimate purpose for giving is to shape our character into that of Christ, who is the ultimate giver; He gave everything for us!
  • Giving, Generosity And Idolatry: How I've Been Challenged. Technically, this post went up last Friday, but it was so good that I wanted to be sure to mention it. Peter Anderson over on his blog Bible Money Matters wrote a post about God working in his heart and mind regarding generosity. It's really easy as Christians to get a little cynical about church building campaigns and the continual push to give more. In the last several weeks, Peter admits that he has been challenged to re-examine his priorities when it comes to money and possessions.
  • Should poor people give? Over at Dollars and Doctrine, Rob Kuban wrote a post on whether or not the poor should give. I love Rob's conclusions: giving is a matter of the heart and is proportional. We learn life lessons through giving. Giving is about principles, not assets. In our society, "poor" is difficult to define. I encourage all my readers to read this post in its entirety. Excellent post, Rob!
  • What Does the Bible Say About Debt? Over at One Money Design, Jocelin Boutet wrote a post giving us a verse-by-verse breakdown on what God's Word says about debt. Jocelin's conclusion: the Bible is very clear that we should live debt-free lives!
  • Helping the Poor - How Eager Are You? This post at Redeeming Riches raises the issue of being sensitive to helping the poor. As believers in Jesus Christ, we should have the same attitude as the Apostle Paul in Galatians 2:9-10. We should be eager to help those who are in need.
  • Is Tithing for the New Testament Believer? This article by Cortni Marrazzo at addresses the issue of tithing for the New Testament believer. Cortni makes an excellent argument for Christians to tithe based on Scripture. She also closes her article by addressing the need to tithe through our local churches. We should trust those in leadership in our church, and if we can't, then we need to find a new church home.
  • Frugality Opens Doors to Giving, Enjoying God's Blessings. This article by Deborah Smith Pegues at addresses the need to be frugal in our everyday lives. All of us are wasteful in some areas. In the opening of her article, she even uses Jesus as an example of frugal living. This is an interesting and convicting read.
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