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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Many Christians are often surprised to find out that there are more than 2,300 Bible passages that relate to money, wealth, and possession. With the sheer amount of scripture relating to money, it would seem to be stating the obvious, that money matters to God. The reality is that money has enormous influence over our lives, and is probably the single most important thing that could distract you from your relationship and loyalty to God. Is it any wonder that the…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Jesus once said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth. Where moths and vermin destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moths and vermin do not destroy where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:19 Interestingly, Jesus did not say that we should not store up. He just said, we need to store the…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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It is often said that Christians have a love and hate relationship with money. We love what money can do. And aside from its essential nature in our day to day living, it has the power to fund ministry, transform lives, and doing mix good. On the other hand, I hate the fact that it can destroy and trap people to greed and thrifting, and the fact that it can harm your soul when its mishandled. Jesus once said, “No one can…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Can you predict the future? When I started out in the financial advise business, I would pour over the latest research report and devour any financial report that I can get my hands on. In the hope that these reports would help me predict the future, mainly by picking the right investment for my funds. But after a short while I soon realize that the so-called experts (despite being quite convincing in their arguments) really had no more idea than…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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When was the last time you smell the roses? In our modern society, many of us feel under pressure to perform. We feel the pressure to have the right kind of house, send our kids to the right school, drive the right car, and even have the right kind of jobs and holidays. And because of these pressures, many of us do jobs that we don’t enjoy, or we spent money recklessly in the hope of finding some satisfaction, no…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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When we think about idolatry we tend to think of the Israelites bowing down and worshiping a golden calf. In our western society, idolatry is something that usually is a good thing that’s taken too far. Working hard is a good thing, owning a home is a good thing, having a nice holiday (from time to time) to relax and rejuvenate is a good thing. The problem is when we take it too far. The danger is when these things control…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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I want to talk to you about your next door neighbor. How many times have you heard it said, “he’s just trying to keep up with the Joneses”. You probably all have, at some stage of our lives, wanted to keep up with others. The reality is that there will always be someone who has more than you. Even if you are a billionaire there still be another billionaire who has just a little bit more. To most of us…

Related: Practicing Stewardship and Budgeting

EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Have you done a budget? A budget is a simple tool that you used to track your income and your spending. The idea is to first understand where your money is going, and then use your budget to make necessary adjustment to your spending and lifestyle in order to manage your money more wisely. A budget is your first act of financial stewardship. If I look at your budget, I could tell very quickly what is important to you and…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Do you love your job? I don’t know about you, but I love working. Unfortunately statistics shows that most people don’t feel the same way. In fact, I’ve read one statistic recently that suggested that 16% of people would leave their job tomorrow if they could (that is somewhat a depressing thought). I love what the Old Testament says about work, “So I saw that there is nothing better to people than to be happy in their work.” – Ecclesiastes…

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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What does true generosity looks like? Most of us naturally tend to think that they are reasonably generous. In fact I’m yet to meet anyone that says, “Hey I’m really stingy!”. But are we really generous? And to that matter, what does true generosity really look like? Let’s start by considering the greatest act of generosity that we know. The bible says (in John 3:16) that “God so love the world that He gave His one and only son”, for you and…

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