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Deliverance From Poverty

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Deliverance From Poverty

  Because of sin, man has been living in a state of poverty. But even in man’s sinfulness, God’s love for man never faltered. He continued to love man because He created man to have a personal and loving relationship with Him (Genesis 3:21). So before He sent man out of the Garden of Eden, God promised to send a Redeemer that will bring man back to Himself. This promised Redeemer is Jesus and He took man’s poverty (sin) to…

Related: Episode 18: Eager to get rich

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Fundraising Planning Worksheet

Good planning is a pre-requisite for the success of any fundraising campaign. While we know that it is God who provides the resources for His Kingdom work, we have a responsibility to do our part in planning and implementation. Before you launch your fundraising campaign, make sure that you have the following: Well-articulated vision, mission and goals (VMG) Resource development strategic plan that is anchored on the VMG CEO involvement Board leadership Case for support Volunteers Your VMG is what…

Related: Practicing Stewardship and Budgeting

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Are You Happy

Have you ever been asked if you are happy with your job, your business, your relationships, and life in general? What was your answer? You probably let out a big “Yes” or a half-hearted “Well, for the most part” or maybe an outright “No!” Well, no one has a perfect life. We all want something better—a higher paying job, a bigger house, a more successful career—but the reality is, we can’t have it all. So if you’re waiting to get…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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  There is a saying that goes like this: “Mistakes are meant for learning, not for repeating.” Probably most of us, if not all, have experienced repeating the same mistakes of others. But is it really necessary for us to repeat others’ mistakes for us to learn our lesson? Can we not learn from their wrong decisions and spare ourselves from going through the guaranteed pain and the consequences of those mistakes? For us to further understand this, it would…

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God’s Funding Method

We know that God is the owner and therefore, the provider of everything that is needed to fund His Kingdom work on earth. However, He uses people to mobilize His resources and accomplish His purposes. The book of Nehemiah makes a great case study for God’s funding method. God was pleased to use Nehemiah to organize one of the biggest capital campaigns: a building plan to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. Have you ever been involved in a huge…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

If tithing is such a difficult subject to understand, given the varying and often polarizing views about its biblicality and modern application, it is even harder to preach about. The fact is, it’s probably even suicidal for a pastor to preach on tithing! It is risky at best and a pastor stands to lose members and their much-needed contribution to support the church if they do not agree. On the other hand, there is the real danger of being too…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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The Purpose of the Tithe

It is important to note that throughout the Scriptures, two kinds of giving are consistently taught: compulsory—required or mandatory giving (as to the government in the form of taxes) and voluntary—when giving to God (as an offering) and to charity. The misunderstanding stems from the nature of the Old Testament tithes. Israel then had a theocratic government with the Levitical priests acting as the civil government. One of the purposes of the tithe then was to: Fund the priesthood. These…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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The Biggest Danger to Your Relationship with God

  Jesus himself said in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Is not money a good thing? Isn’t it important? Indeed, money is essential. In fact, we cannot live without it. We work hard to earn money. Money is our medium of exchange for goods and services. We need…

Related: The Downside of Affluence

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The Poor Give More

  (an upside-down world!) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. (2 Cor. 8:2-4) The Macedonian church were the first to respond with their gifts to the troubled church in Jerusalem. They were not…

Related: The Downside of Affluence

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Should You Borrow to Buy a Car

  For most people, a car is considered the second biggest expense after housing. This four-wheeled product of human ingenuity has become a sure-fire status symbol and a consistent part of every working adult's wish list. The automotive industry is spending billions of dollars on traditional and digital advertising to entice you in getting their newest sedan, SUV, or truck with a small down payment and an affordable monthly fee. Thus, you come to the crux of the matter: Should…

Related: Episode 19: Have you saved for a rainy day?