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Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

  Jesus gave a parable in Matthew 25:14-30 where he tells the story of 3 bags of gold, and the 3 employees he entrusted them to. This parable taught me important values I've learned to trust and lean on in the workplace.  Looking at the first verse in the parable, verse 14, establishes the setting and relationship between the main characters (the boss and his employees).  The boss was leaving for a certain time, the business needed to continue in his temporary absence, and…

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  Douglas John Hall, a theologian and author, says that stewardship is a biblical metaphor that has come of age. In the past two centuries, this idea has become largely jaded because of its abuse and misuse. The era of Protestant missions in the 19th century utilized stewardship to raise money for mission work. If you review literatures about stewardship in the past century, you will find that it talks about finances, church budgets and related money matters. But according to…

Related: Money Lessons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

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The Furnace of Trials

  It’s easy to be a Christian when things are going smoothly. It’s easy to praise the Lord when all is well and everybody is happy. It’s easy to praise the Lord when there’s plenty of food on the table and when no one in the family is sick. However, the real test of our Christianity happens during the most difficult times and situations – those times when we are left with nothing but faith. Have you ever wondered why…

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What does the Bible Teach about Stewardship?

  Everything we have is God’s. Our talents, skills, money, business, material possessions, our time and everything in our care come from God. We are His stewards entrusted with all of these. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good overseers of whatever is in our hands. Pondering on this truth, Christians must develop the right mindset towards business finances and earthly possessions. If you stop and think about it, if all your business investment actually belongs to God,…

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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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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…

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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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Practicing Stewardship and Budgeting

  Each year, the cost of living goes up, prices of basic commodities rise, and stretching your monthly income often seems harder. Not to mention those unseen, unavoidable expenses like health emergencies, car maintenance, home repairs, your child’s school project, and the list goes on. As they say, budgeting is the single most important part of financial management and good financial stewardship. The Investopedia website gives a very accurate definition of budgeting, “It's making sure that you're spending less than…

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The Link to Identity and Money

Many people do not realize that their identity—or in some sense, their personality—is more powerful than they think. In fact, Rock Thomas in his book, “The Power of Your Identity” says that “these beliefs form part of your self-image (identity) and ultimately affect how you behave and the decisions you make. Can you start to see that your identity is the nerve center or control tower of your actions?” Your identity or personality, of course, includes the way you deal…

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What idolatry looks like in the 21st century

I recently read a great book by a well-known American Pastor Timothy Keller called “Counterfeit Gods”. In it he talks about what Idolatry looks like in our modern world and that it is generally not how most of us think about it. When we think about idolatry, we tend to think of the Israelites bowing down and worshiping the golden calf, and other manmade objects.  Timothy Keller however describes Idolatry in our western society as usually being a good thing…

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