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Money Lessons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

This story has been retold in different ways and has been used to spread the “Gospel of Love” everywhere. In Luke 15:11-31, a rebellious son decides to leave his family and waste all his inheritance on worthless things. When he didn’t have anything to eat anymore, he realizes his wrongdoing and comes back to his father who welcomes him with open arms. He says in Luke 15:21 (NIV), “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no…

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Going Beyond Tithing : The Call for Radical Generosity

  We’ve covered a lot of arguments both for and against tithing in our discourse on the topic of giving. One thing we have clearly established is that a Christian’s money and possessions cannot be separated from his pursuit of and obedience to God. Randy Alcorn, a popular American author and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization, writes: “Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said is related to money and possessions. Our Lord made more reference to money…

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Common Fundraising Mistakes

  Scott Rodin, in his book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Christian Fundraising, lists these seven deadly sins in fundraising: being unprepared for the battle; self-reliance over spirit reliance; money over ministry; unwillingness to invest the time; decision without discernment; activity without accountability; and stealing the glory. He summarizes the seven deadly sins this way: Plan and prepare seriously for the battle and commit never to go into your work without being spiritually-prepared. Cultivate a spirit of trust and dependence…

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Is He the Lord of your money too

We always declare that Jesus is Lord but many times forget what it means to make Him Lord over our lives. We make Him Master of our families, careers, and health but when it comes to other things such as our money and wealth, we call the shots and we take control. The Lordship of Christ is an all or nothing deal. We either make Him Lord of all or not at all. Are we making Him Lord of our…

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Poverty: A Spiritual Issue

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Poverty: A Spiritual Issue

  Poverty is a pervading issue that plague millions of people around the world. It involves a labyrinth of issues usually linked with bad economies, scant finances, and scarce resources. In 2000, world leaders resolved to eradicate all forms of poverty in the world by 2015. It was manifested in the Millennium Development Goals that many nations pledged to achieve. Targets were made and millions of dollars were funnelled through development programs aimed at lifting people out of poverty and…

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Fundraising Best Practices

  You will find a variety of fundraising best practices depending on your geographical location and the specific nature of the fundraising environment. What I would like to propose here as my four best practices focus more on the big picture of our resource development. Anchor fundraising on the vision, mission, goals of the organizations—The best fundraising practice follows a resource development plan that is anchored on the vision, mission, and goals of the non-profit organization. It provides the rationale…

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The Downside of Affluence

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The Downside of Affluence

  We can see many Christian individuals who are wealthy and grounded on the Rock, on their faith in God. However, there are some who seems to have forgotten their humble beginnings, much worse, they have forgotten the Giver of their wealth. In Deuteronomy 8:18 the NIV says: “But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is…

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What Malachi Says About Tithing

When it comes to the subject of tithing, the most quoted reference is Malachi 3:9-10 (ESV) which reads, “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until…

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Tithing Today

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Tithing Today

To tithe or not to tithe? This remains to be among the top questions Christians ask today. We want to obey and honor God in our lives -- we read the Bible, we pray and go to church, try to be and do good to others -- all pretty straightforward.  But when it comes to honoring God with our money, we hit a snag. All of a sudden, all these questions about the biblicality of tithing, its relevance to modern-day…

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Your Leadership Team and Fundraising

  It is everybody’s job! The leadership team sets the tone for the organization’s  fundraising efforts. The commitment of the leadership to fundraising is essential to the success of any fundraising program and campaign. Trustee Leadership Trustee leadership is important in the effectiveness of the fundraising program of the organization. As representative of society, trustees can take important fundraising initiatives not available to the President or the fundraising staff.  It will be good for the Board of Trustees to form a…

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